This summer several students and faculty from the Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing in Oakland, Calif., attended the National Black Nurses Association's 40th annual conference in Indianapolis.
The three-day event addressed issues that nurses face daily. Workshops addressed how to implement improvements in clinical practice; writing for publication; and care in 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 Bailey, SMU BSN student 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," explained Aara Amidi-Nouri, RN, PhD, assistant professor and director of diversity in the school of nursing. "That's what moves us forward in our path toward inclusivity."