Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde
Today, the most popular search engine has shared an interactive Google Doodle, celebrating Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde, who was Panamanian-American nurse, academic and organizational administrator. In the celebration of the United States Hispanic Heritage month, today doodle’s artist honors her.
Ildaura Murillo-Rohde (September 6, 1920 – September 5, 2010) was a Panamanian-American nurse, academic and organizational administrator. She specialized in psychiatric nursing, held academic appointments at several universities and was a psychotherapist in private practice. Murillo-Rohde founded the National Association of Hispanic Nurses in 1975. She was a World Health Organization consultant to the government of Guatemala and was named a Permanent UN Representative to UNICEF for the International Federation of Business and Professional Women. She was named a Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing in 1994.
Ildaura Murillo-Rohde was born on September 6, 1920, in Panama. She came to the United States in 1945. She completed a nursing diploma from the Medical and Surgical Hospital School of Nursing in 1948.
In 1971, Murillo-Rohde was the first Hispanic nurse awarded a PhD from New York University (NYU).
Murillo-Rohde was dedicated to the Hispanic population in her work as a psychiatric nurse and focused on cultural awareness in nursing practice. In her article Family Life Among Mainland Puerto Ricans in New York City Slums, she stressed that there could be a “culture within a culture” and that a nurse must know each culture well in order to provide the best care.
The American Academy of Nursing had given honored for her various achivements and fellowship which was the highest nursing honors in the nation.
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is a non-profit professional association in the United States, committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses.
Thank You Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde for inspiring the next generation of Hispanic healthcare professionals.