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Celebrating Dr.ildaura Murillo-Rohde: A Pioneer in Nursing and Academia

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Celebrating Dr.ildaura Murillo-Rohde

Celebrating Dr.ildaura Murillo-Rohde was a renowned Panamanian nurse, professor, academic, and organizational administrator who significantly contributed to nursing and healthcare. Throughout her career, she worked tirelessly to promote nursing education, research, and practice, particularly in underserved communities. On her birth anniversary, let us celebrate the life and legacy of this pioneering figure in nursing and academia.

Early Life and Education

Celebrating Dr.ildaura Murillo-Rohde was born on September 6, 1920, in Panama. She grew up in a family of educators. She was inspired to pursue a career in nursing after witnessing nurses’ positive impact on the health. And well-being of her community. She received her nursing diploma from the Santo Tomas Hospital School of Nursing in Panama City in 1943. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the 1950s.

A career in Nursing and Academia

After completing her education, Murillo-Rohde began her career as a staff nurse. And clinical instructor at the Los Angeles County Hospital. She was later an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. In the 1960s, she became a professor of nursing and director of the graduate program at the University of Colorado School of Nursing, where she established a pioneering program in psychiatric nursing.

Murillo-Rohde also held leadership positions in nursing organizations, including the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. In 1975, she founded the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) to address the unique health needs of the Hispanic community and to promote the professional advancement of Hispanic nurses. Today, NAHN is a leading organization that advocates for Hispanic nurses and promotes cultural competence in healthcare.

Contributions to International Nursing and Healthcare

Murillo-Rohde’s contributions to nursing and healthcare extended beyond the United States. She served as a World Health Organization consultant to the government of Taiwan and helped develop a nursing education program for the country. She also served as a consultant to several other countries, including Mexico, Peru, and Panama.

 In this role, she advocated for the health and well-being of children and women worldwide and helped promote policies that supported their needs.

Legacy and Awards

Murillo-Rohde’s impact on nursing and healthcare was widely recognized during her lifetime. In 1994, she was named a Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing. Recognizing nurses who have made significant contributions to nursing and society. She was also inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002 and received numerous other awards and honors throughout her career.


Dr.ildaura Murillo-Rohde was a trailblazer in nursing and academia whose contributions to the profession continue to be felt today. Her dedication to nursing education, research, and practice. As well as her commitment to promoting cultural competence and advocating for underserved communities, inspires nurses and healthcare professionals everywhere. On her birth anniversary, let us celebrate her life and legacy and honor her impact on nursing and beyond.


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