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Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde ,NAHN’s Founder


On September 6, 1920, Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde entered the world in Panama. She arrived in the United States in 1945.

She earned her diploma in nursing from the Medical and Surgical Hospital School of Nursing in 1948.

A bachelor’s degree in mental nursing education and administration was conferred upon her by Teachers College, Columbia University.

She holds master’s degrees in both education and administration from Columbia University.

In 1971, Murillo-Rohde made history as the first Hispanic nurse to earn a doctorate degree from New York University. (NYU).


San Antonio, Texas, a city with a sizable Hispanic population, was where she began her nursing career.

She was surprised to learn that the area had a dearth of Latino nurse practitioners.

This further solidified her determination to study psychiatric mental health nursing at Columbia University in New York and earn a bachelor’s degree in the field.

She went on to graduate from New York University with both a Master’s and a Ph.D.

In the 1970s, Dr. Rohde worked for the federal government, examining applications for educational and scientific funding.

When she saw that there were no Latina nurses working in academia, research, or public policy, she was motivated to achieve a change similar to the one she seen in San Antonio.

The American Academy of Nursing presented Dr. Rohde with its highest distinction, the Fellowship.

Continually on the go. She retired as Dean and Professor Emeritus from SUNY Brooklyn’s School of Nursing.

She held numerous nursing positions at SUNY, including faculty, professor, and eventually dean.

Among her many accomplishments is serving as the UNICEF representative for the International Federation of Commerce and Professional Women in New York.
Dr. Rohde was an active participant in NAHN conferences until illness stopped her from attending. She also regularly sported an orchid given to her by NAHN associates.

Members of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and/or nursing education are presented with the Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde Award.

Respected dedication to the highest standards of nursing excellence in the fields of education, research, and practice.

Moreover, the recipient must have demonstrated exceptional clinical expertise.

Also, Hispanic students who are enrolled in a nursing school leading to licensure are eligible for the Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde Scholarship offered by NAHN.

This nurse has been singled out for recognition and praise by the National Association of Honor Societies (NAHN).

Everyone who met Dr. Rohde was profoundly influenced by her.

On September 5th, 2010, Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde passed away in her homeland of Panama.


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