our history

History of National Black Nurses Association

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 incorporated on September 2, 1972 in the state of Ohio. NBNA represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 92 chartered chapters, in 35 states.

The National Black Nurses Association’s mission is “to represent and provide a forum for Black nurses to advocate and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color”.

Need for RBNA

In the summer of 2018, conversation began on the need for a local chapter of the National Black Nurses Association. The first interest meeting for a new Rochester chapter was held July 31, 2018 at the University of Rochester, School of Nursing with 39 attendees and support from Dean Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP.

Local Chapter Establishment

RBNA quickly formed committees to work on the chapter bylaws, nomination of officers and finances. RBNA held its first election on November 28th, 2018 and incorporated as a 501c3 on December 12th, 2018. To date, there are over 50 members including LPN’s, RN’s, APRN’s and student nurses. We were recognized as founding members in July, 2019 at the 47th Annual National Black Nurses Association Conference.

National Black Nurses Association Day on Capitol Hill 2019 Washington D.C.