#NAHNSTRONG Campaign Celebrates Service-Driven Nurses

The NAHN Engagement Committee is seeking nominations for the #NAHNSTRONG recognition. This recognition highlights a member who treats others with dignity, respect, kindness, compassion, and civility.

#NAHNSTRONG nominees are NAHN’s good citizens who are dedicated to practicing social justice in their everyday lives.
#NAHNSTRONG nominees should be members who are engaged and in good standing with the organization.

The committee will choose a student member and professional member for this recognition biweekly. Profiles for the honorees of the #NAHNSTRONG recognition will be published on the NAHN National e-blast, NAHN national website, and social media platforms.

Submit your nominations here.


Thank you, Armando Riera, MSN, NP-BC, RN 
August #NAHNSTRONG Honoree Armando Riera, MSN, NP-BC, RN
(Miami Chapter)

An advanced practice nurse, Armando is known for his compassion, advocacy, and dedication to underserved populations in his community and in diverse Hispanic populations outside the USA. Locally, Armando has led from the frontlines during the COVID pandemic.

With hundreds and thousands of Hispanics impacted, Armando made a difference in the lives of those with the virus and those who lost loved ones. In addition, providing culturally competent care in communities impacted by COVID has resulted in prevention practices, thus saving lives.

Not only has Armando made a difference in recent months, his social justice advocacy began long before COVID. Through medical missions, Armando partnered with healthcare entities paralleling NAHN’s mission. Determined to improve the health of Hispanic communities, Armando advocates against unjust discrimination of patients, nurses, and healthcare providers. Armando lives for social justice advocacy in the local, state, national and international arenas with a strong and steady voice of change to dismantle healthcare inequities. Armando’s participation in nursing organizations, local and national nursing boards has enhanced his commitment to ensuring vulnerable populations include social supports.

It is for these reasons that Armando extraordinarily deserves the #NAHNSTRONG recognition; Armando is NAHNSTRONG.

Thank you, Karen Garcia, RN!
August #NAHNSTRONG Honoree Karen Garcia, RN
(Phoenix Chapter)

Karen Garcia joined NAHN as a student and was dedicated and committed to NAHN. She knew she wanted to volunteer in membership, and she started mentoring for it a year in advance. The minute Karen passed her NCLEX exam, she began preparing to run for the Phoenix Board of Directors. Karen has been a nurse for about a year and has impressed us with her contributions to society. Karen has been an avid advocate for DACA this past year. She is a DACA recipient, herself, and has participated in dozens of interviews to demonstrate the value DACA recipients bring to the United States. She has partnered with local hospitals to put a spotlight on DACA and urges people to stand up for DACA recipients. Karen also advocates for the Black Lives Matter Movement and uses her social media platform to educate her followers on the importance of standing together against police brutality and racism. She is an activist and fights for social justice every chance she gets. Thank you, Karen, for all you do in our community.

Thank you, Elisa Martinez, BSN, RN
August #NAHNSTRONG Honoree Elisa Martinez, BSN, RN
(Phoenix Chapter)

Elisa Martinez is a registered nurse who takes pride in being an activist and fighting for social justice. Last year Elisa was the only floor nurse meeting with legislators to discuss HB2538 which was created to prevent assaults on health care workers. She demonstrates daily her fight for social justice as she uses her social media platform to advocate for Black Lives Matter (BLM). She takes the time out of her day to educate people regarding the benefits of voting and how to register. She also discussed why the Black Lives Matter (BLM) is important and how we as the Latino community can help support it. She is also a part of several different committees at work where she is a MAGNET Champion and helps identify ways to improve the unit. She is a part of our Community Outreach committee where she helps volunteer for events and shares her ideas to assist in strengthening the events. Elisa is a true activist and is the change she wishes to see in the world.

Thank you, Guadalupe Perez
August #NAHNSTRONG Honoree
Guadalupe Perez
(Illinois Chapter)

Guadalupe Perez, MSN, RNC-MNN, CNL, is a registered nurse and maternal and newborn nursery certified clinical nurse leader. She has over 18 years of experience working in a variety of healthcare settings and is currently a nurse care manager at Rush University Medical Center. She is pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Advanced Public Health Nursing and a Rush University. In addition she has been working at the Chicago Department of Public health serving the maternal, infant, and child population. One of her main accomplishments at the Chicago Department of Public health was completion of city-wide population health assessment focused on the high-risk infants. This comprehensive, population assessment lays the groundwork for future initiates to better serve high-risk infants and their families in Chicago. Her commitment to public health in the maternal and child nursing domain has allowed her to continue to grow as nurse leader.

Guadalupe serves as co-chair of the community engagement committee for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Illinois Chapter. She focuses on health promotion and disease prevention, particularly within the Latinx community by identifying social determinants of health that significantly impact health disparities and inequities in the communities she serves. To address health disparities she leads, educates, and advocates for the health of the public by engaging our communities as partners in ways that help close the gaps in health inequities.

Guadalupe is also a nurse educator for Dominican University Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing BSN) program and for Morton College Associates in Nursing degree (AND). She teaches nursing fundamentals, professional communications, and maternal and child health. She serves as a mentor to her nursing students and to NAHN-IL members by dedicating her free time to provide support and guidance.

Guadalupe’s nursing philosophy states “Healthy families make up a healthy nation.”