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National Black Nurses Association   Krisitina Ennix, SMLC-ABSN, Leah Bailey, BSN, and Khen Russell, SRLC-ELMNS

Students Tap Issues Pertaining to Challenges facing African-American Nurses

In July, several Samuel Merritt University students and faculty from the School of Nursing attended the National Black Nurses Association's (NBNA) 40th annual conference in Indianapolis.  The three-day conference addressed issues  nurses face daily and held workshops on how to implement improvements to clinical practice, writing for publication, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, sleep disorders and wound care.  The conference also gave an opportunity to identify best practices, discuss professional challenges and solutions and network with other nurses in all areas of practice.  

"While at the conference, we had the opportunity to meet and talk with nurses from a wide range of clinical practices and specialty areas," said Leah S. Bailey, student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and Student Body Association representative.  "We also met with speakers and nurse leaders from health agencies such as the CDC and NIH."

The conference also promoted cultural competence as prescribed by The Joint Commission standards.  "It is important for our students to be involved with nursing organizations such as NBNA," explains Aara Amidi-Nouri, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor and Director of Diversity in the School of Nursing.  "That’s what moves us forward in our path toward inclusivity."

The 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 that represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 80 chartered chapters, in 34 states. 

Krisitina Ennix, SMLC-ABSN, Leah Bailey, BSN, and Khen Russell, SRLC-ELMNS