Welcome To NYBNA
The New York Black Nurses Association is a professional organization of African American nurses in the New York City area. New York Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NYBNA) was founded in 1971 by the following visionary nurses: Dr. Allisan Bennett, Charles Hargett, Phyllis Jenkins, Beverly James, Sylvia Jones, Dr. Janice Ruffin and Andre Vialet in response to the growing concern for the health status of the African American. These men and women of vision realized that black nurses had the responsibility of attempting to change the status of health and health care within the Black communities of NYC. When the National Black Nurses Association was later founded, NYBNA became one of its first chapters. The New York Black Nurses Association extends membership to all nurses both RN and LPN and also to nursing students.
Following the leadership of its first president, Charles Hargett, NYBNA continues to offer educational programs at its regular meetings and at special forums. Presenters have included noted practitioners from the field of education, nursing medicine, social services, mental health, politics, finance and administration. NYBNA has collaborations with Helene Fuld College of Nursing, NYU division of Nursing, Lehman college Department of Nursing, Hillcrest and Jane Addams Vocational High School Health Careers Program, as well as NYC Board of Education and Continuing Education Programs.