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                NBNA Annual Nursing Conference 2017

Frontier PRIDE attends NBNA 2017

The 45th annual National Black Nurses Association conference and exhibit was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 31st through August 4, 2017 with attendees from across the globe. Frontier Nursing University’s Diversity PRIDE Program Coordinator, Wilvena Bernard, along with FNU Faculty Dr. Diane John, and FNU PRIDE Student Ambassador Essence Williams, attended the conference and represented the University with information on distance education and specialty tracks.

The event also provided a visible platform for NBNA’s President, Dr. Eric Williams, to announce Frontier Nursing University’s partnership with NBNA’s student mentorship program for the next four years.

FNU received a high volume of interest from prospective students, which included over a dozen interest cards from prospective faculty and staff interested in employment opportunities at the university.

The conference theme “Nursing Innovations: Building a Healthy Community”, focused on multifaceted approaches to improving the health status of communities-of-color, and ways to advocate for a diverse and inclusive workforce that will improve the health status.

Workshops offered state-of-the-art, cutting edge and trend setting continuing education through plenary sessions, institutes and nursing innovation theatres.

This year, NBNA featured one of FNU’s students, Essence  Williams, as a national speaker. Essence (pictured above) presented on “Paying Homage to the Black Midwives, Nurses and Healers of the African Diaspora: Afro-Caribbean Birth and Postpartum Rituals and Remedies”, which received an enthusiastic applause from attendees.

Another highlight of the conference was  the scholarship awards ceremony, when FNU PRIDE student Essence Williams, was presented with the NBNA Rita E. Miller Scholarship Award.

This year’s conference interest in Frontier Nursing University programs continues to provide a strong platform for the National Black Nurses Association to continue to serve as a prime target to increase visibility and diverse collaborations with the organization.

Contributor, Wilvena McDowell-Bernard, FNU Diversity PRIDE Program Coordinator/Student Services  8/25/2017

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