Tuesday May 31, 2016

President's Message

Welcome to the Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association's website.  We are glad that you took the opportunity to stop by and learn more about us.

The Chapter works collaboratively with many other health-related organizations and institutions, community partners, colleges and schools, and faith-based organizations. We continue to build these collaborations in order to effectively reach the populations that are most impacted by health disparities.

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining our dynamic organization, co-sponsoring a community event or fundraiser, or making a donation. We embrace and support nursing students financially, by offering scholarships to help defray the costs associated with pursuing higher education. Our scholarships are made possible by our event supporters and donors.

Hope to see you at our next event and remember, achieving your optimal health is our priority!

Muriel Appram, BS, RN
President, NCBNA, Inc.


News Feeds:

2015 New England Minority Nursing Leadership Conference-

A Huge Success!

The Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association Inc. (NCBNA), in collaboration with the Southern CT Black Nurses Association, Inc. (New Haven), Western Massachusetts Black Nurses Association, Inc. (Springfield), and the New England Regional Black Nurses Association, Inc. (Boston), hosted its first New England Minority Nursing Leadership Conference Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Springfield Marriott, Springfield, MA

Conference speakers included: Linda Burnes-Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, VP, Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, Vernell DeWitty, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN Program Deputy Director, RWJ New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, and Ena Williams, MBA, BS, RN, CENP,  VP Patient Services and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Yale New Haven Hospital.

A special thanks to our event sponsors, the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Alumni Association and the Donaghue Foundation. Exhibitors/Vendors included:  Behavioral Health Network/CRF Recruitment, Connecticut Nursing Collaborative- State Action Coalition, Baystate Health, Emmanuel College, St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford Healthcare, WestNet, Boston Children's Hospital, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry, Jewels by Ski Eclectic, Eve's Bags, Zoe Chenille Soy Massage Candles & Sugar Rubs, PartyLite Candles, Commonwealth Care Alliance, ShanZay, Metrocom Group, Alzheimer's Association, Yale University, Ayesha Ali (Researcher), Mason Square Senior Center, From the Heart Hartford, Regina Tillery-Jenkins, David Whitaker, Northwestern Mutual, Charlene Naylor,  Renay Hill and America International College.

Plans are underway to host next year's conference which will be expanded to include other minority nursing organizations.




Petit Family Foundation makes donation to NCBNA's Mentoring Program

NCBNA was presented with a check in the amount of $10,000 from the Petit Family Foundation. The donation will help support NCBNA's Mentoring Program. The check was presented by Dr. William Petit to NCBNA President Muriel Appram, Treasurer Vicie Brooks, and Mentoring Program Director Jessica Arter. Thank you Petit Family Foundation!

Written by Lisa Davis   

The Mentoring and Meeting Program was launched with our trip to Philadelphia, PA to the National Black Nurses Association's Annual Conference August 7-10, 2014.  Eight Lead Mentors (NCBNA members), 20 college students and 9 high school students (and chaperones) were in attendance as we traveled by coach bus the Philadelphia.  The students attended the conference plenary sessions, as well as daily educational workshops.  Students met many distinguished and accomplished nurses from across the U.S.  The purpose of the Mentoring and Meeting program is to expose high school and college level students, who are or will be pursuing a career in nursing, to an exceptional educational experience and networking opportunity at the National Black Nurses conference. The Mentoring program will include quarterly educational and leadership workshops.


MMP Students at National Conference President's Gala

(Above photo: Mentoring Program students and Mentors at the NBNA Conference Gala)

Program Team sponsors include: University of Connecticut (HRSA fund D19HP22227-03-01 for Nursing Workforce Diversity), Goodwin College, Aetna, Andrea Hawkins, Howard K. Hill Funeral Home, The Petit Family Foundation, The RMB Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, The Anonymous No. 46 fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, The Hartford High School Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the CT Nursing Collaborative- State Action Coalition.


NCBNA 2014 Nursing Scholarships and Book Award Recipient

NCBNA awarded nursing scholarships to Darnett Bent-Kerr and Elizabeth Martin at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the USS Chowder Pot Restaurant. Ms. Bent-Kerr is enrolled in the nursing program at Goodwin College, and Ms. Martin is a enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Connecticut.  This year's High School Student Book Award was awarded to Coral Olmeda, who was a 2014 graduate of the Hartford Public High School Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences, and is enrolled at the University of Connecticut.


(Vicie Brooks, NCBNA Scholarship Chair with High School Book Awardee)




2014 Nursing Scholarship Recipients

(Florence Johnson (NCBNA), Darnett Bent-Kerr (recipient), Elizabeth Martin (recipient), Vicie Brooks(NCBNA) and Rosalyn Stevens - Hartford Healthcare Federal Credit Union )



2014 Collaborative Spirit Award recipient, Dr. Carol Polifironi (Uconn) and NCBNA Uconn Nursing Alumni



2014 NCBNA Collaborative Spirit Award recipient, Father Emmanuel Ihemedu and NCBNA Member Marlene Harris

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