National Black Nurses Association, Inc.
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) was organized in 1971 under the leadership of Dr. Lauranne Sams, former Dean and Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama. NBNA is a non-profit organization incorporated on September 2, 1972 in the state of Ohio. NBNA represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 79 chartered chapters, in 34 states.
The NBNA mission is "to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to investigate, define and determine what the health care needs of African Americans are and to implement change to make available to African Americans and other minorities health care commensurate with that of the larger society.”
In 2003, the National Black Nurses Association became one of the five founding organizations of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, along with Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc., National Alaska/Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc., National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Inc., and the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. This collaboration gives voice to 350,000 minority nurses. Dr. Betty Smith Williams is the NCEMNA president and a past NBNA president.
Its goals include support for the development of a cadre of ethnic nurses reflecting the nation's diversity; advocacy for culturally competent, accessible and affordable health care; promotion of the professional and educational advancement of ethnic nurses; education of consumers, health care professionals and policy makers on health issues of ethnic minority populations; development of ethnic minority nurse leaders in areas of health policy, practice, education and research; endorsement of best practice models of nursing practice, education, and research for minority populations.
Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association, Inc.
In 1991, the Southern Connecticut Black Nurses Association was formed in New Haven, CT. Several years later, in October 1996, interested nurses from surrounding hospitals and community health agencies began meeting at Hartford Hospital, and soon thereafter formed the Northern Connecticut Chapter of the Black Nurses Association in Hartford, Connecticut.
The goals of the Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association (NCBNA) include: