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THE NATIONAL BLACK NURSES ASSOCIATION, INC. (NBNA) was organized in 1971 under the leadership of Dr. Lauranne Sams, former Dean and Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Tuskegee University in Alabama, and was incorporated a year later in Ohio as a non-profit organization. Representing approximately 200,000 African American nurses from the USA, Canada, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 115 chartered chapters nationwide, NBNA collaborates with private and public agencies and organizations that share common concerns for improving the health status of all people thereby expanding its mission to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color and other under-represented populations. Click HERE to learn more about NBNA.


To serve as the voice for Black nurses and diverse populations ensuring equal access to professional development, promoting educational opportunities and improving health.


The National Black Nurse Association Inc. collaborates with a multitude of health organizations including the American Cancer Society, American Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Black Women’s Health Imperative, and Black Congress on Health, Law and Economics. In addition, NBNA partners with community based organizations, corporations and other organizations to sponsor health fairs, health education and outreach for numerous national organizations including the National Urban League and the National Council of Negro Women. In 1998, 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 over 350,000 minority nurses.


EMPLOYMENT: For NBNA's Career Center and Job Listings, click HERE.

EVENTS: For NBNA's Event Calendar, click HERE.

PROGRAMS: For NBNA Programs and Initiatives click HERE.

SCHOLARSHIPS: For NBNA's Scholarship Program Click HERE.

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