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NBNA elects new officers, board members

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Mon, Sep 23, 2013 @ 10:11 AM

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The National Black Nurses Association recently announced its newly elected officers and members of the board of directors and nominating committee. 

The Rev. Deidre Walton, RN-PHN, MSN, JD, of Keverdon and Associates, Valencia, Calif., also was elected to a second two-year term as NBNA president.

“Congratulations to the new officers, board members and nominating committee members in your new roles of service to the NBNA,” Walton said in a news release. “On behalf of the board of directors, I welcome you and look forward to working with you this upcoming year.” 

Other new officers include Secretary Martha Dawson, RN, DNP, FACHE, assistant professor, Department of Community Health, Outcomes and Systems, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing; and Student Representative Darnell Caldwell, student, Southern University School of Nursing in Baton Rouge, La. 

Newly elected board members are Monica Enn

is, RN, EdD, director of medical professions, Desert Winds Training Institute, Phoenix; U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Laurie C. Reid, RN, MS, senior public health adviser, Office of Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, STD, Viral Hepatitis and TB Prevention at the CDC, Atlanta; and U.S. Army Reserve Col. Sandra Webb-Booker, RN, PhD, chief nurse, 330th Medical Brigade, Fort Sheridan, Ill.

Continuing board members are: First Vice President Eric J. Williams, RN, DNP, CNE, professor of nursing, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles; Second Vice President Lola Denise Jefferson, RN,C, BSN, CVRN, nursing supervisor, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston; Treasurer Beulah Nash-Teachey, RN, PhD, president, Security Association and Services LLC, Evans, Ga.; Historian Irene Daniels-Lewis, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor emeritus, 

Community Health/Psychiatric Faculty Group, San Jose (Calif.) State University School of Nursing; Parliamentarian Ronnie Ursin, RN, DNP, MBA, NEA-BC, of Gaithersburg, Md.; Immediate Past President Debra A. Toney, RN, PhD, FAAN, Director of Clinical Operations, Nevada Health Clinics, Las Vegas; Trilby Barnes-Green, RN,C, Accountable Care Organization/Ochsner on Call, Ochsner Healthcare Systems, and Labor/Delivery staff nurse, Touro Hospital, New Orleans; Keneshia Bryant, RN, PhD, FNP-BC, assistant professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, Little Rock, Ark.; Audwin Fletcher, APRN, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, professor and director of multicultural affairs, University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Jackson, Miss.; C. Alicia Georges, RN, EdD, FAAN, ex-officio member, professor and chairwoman, Department of Nursing, Lehman College of the City University of New York, New York City; Deborah Jones, RN,C, MS, former trustee of Galveston Independent School Dist

rict, Texas City, Texas; Melba Lee-Hosey, LVN, BS, Ameripro Home Health Care LLC, Spring, Texas; and Sandra McKinney, RN, MS, president and CEO of McKinney and Associates, San Jose, Calif. 

Vanessa Auguillard, RN, BSN, preceptor, DaVita Acute, Houston, and Joyce R. Spaulding, RN, MSN, CDE, outpatient diabetes educator, CNIV, Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, were named as new nominating committee members. 

Returning committee members include Azella Collins, RN, MSN, PRP, chairwoman; Rhonda Robinson, RN, MSN, case manager, Humana, Cincinnati; and Bessie Trammell, RN, BSN, staff nurse, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston. 

Source: Nurse.com

Topics: NBNA, officers, board members, nominations, elections

Nurturing Nursing’s Diversity

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

When it comes to nursing education, African Americans tend to aim for more advanced degrees, yet their percentage among all U.S. nurses is far lower than it is in the general U.S. population. Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, intends to find out what is behind that disconnect as a key step toward correcting it.


Sharps, associate dean for Community and Global Programs, director of the Center for Global Nursing, and the principal investigator for a $20,000 grant from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), will use the funding to conduct a national survey to identify the drivers and barriers to success among African-American nursing students and nurses. Through research funded by the new grant, “Enhancing the Diversity of the Nursing Profession: Assessing the Mentoring Needs of African American Nursing Students,” Sharps hopes to determine what mentoring needs are essential to keeping African-American nursing students on track in their education and their career paths.

While African-Americans are underrepresented in the profession (5.5 percent of U.S. nurses vs. 13.1 percent of the U.S. population), the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) shows that African Americans as well as other minority groups in nursing are more likely to pursue baccalaureate and higher degrees—52.5 percent pursue degrees beyond the associate level, while only 48.4 percent of their white counterparts seek equal degrees.

“As nurses, we all know what we needed while attending nursing school,” says Reverend Dr. Deidre Walton, NBNA President. “We need to have a better understanding of what this generation of nursing students needs in this new technological and innovative world of nursing.”

Source: John Hopkins University

Topics: African Americans, diversity, education, nurse, NBNA

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