The New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses marked its fifth annual Scholarship Fundraising Dinner Oct. 18 in Newark, N.J., by awarding five $1,000 scholarships to future nurses. The evenings theme was Honoring Hispanic Heritage and Celebrating Nursing Advocacy.
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses dual mission of Promoting Hispanic Nurses to Improve the Health of Our Communities is why NJ NAHN is committed to the recruitment and retention of Hispanics into the nursing profession, chapter president Yolanda Delgado, MSN, RNC, said in a news release. The end goal is improving the health of the citizens within New Jersey communities.
To accomplish this mission, according to Delgado, the NJ NAHN board of directors is collaborating with New Jersey colleges and universities to develop strategies to recruit and mentor Hispanic nursing students to assure an increase in access, enrollment and retention among Hispanics in nursing programs.
Representatives from Rutgers University, Bloomfield College, Seton Hall University, Kean University, Eastwick College and the New Jersey State Nurses Association were among the more than 160 attendees. Scholarships were awarded to Maria Gomez, Jacqueline Hunterton-Anderson, Susana Cruz, Laura Denisse Santos and Victoria Tretheway. Also in attendance was Jay Jimenez, a national board member for the American Diabetes Association, and Selma Betancourt, associate director, Latino and Native American initiatives at the ADAs Bridgewater, N.J., office.
Jimenez and Betancourt presented NJ NAHN with the LEARN OUTREACH Award, which honors communities that have demonstrated a commitment to a signature ADA program that is actively increasing public awareness of diabetes and has an impact on behaviors.
The executive board of NJ NAHN accepted the award, including Delgado; Vice President Gina Miranda-Diaz, DNP, MS/MPH, RN; Secretary Alana Cueto, RN; Treasurer Ana Nogueira, RN; and board members Claudia Pagani, RN, and Linette Castro, RN.
Miranda-Diaz gave a brief presentation on the Ebola virus and its implications for the Hispanic community.
The NJ NAHN chapter presented the Corporate Sponsor Award to Martin Everhart, vice president for human resources at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick.