Press - May 24th, 2019


For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Dr. Millicent Gorham

National Black Nurses Association Announces 2019 Nurse of the Year Awardees

For Immediate Release    
May 24, 2019     
The National Black Nurses Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Nurses of the Year.  The awardees will receive their recognition during the NBNA Annual Institute and Conference on Saturday, July 27, 2019, Hilton Riverside New Orleans Hotel, as part of the NBNA 47th Annual Institute and Conference, July 23-28, 2019.
Administrative Nurse of the Year Award
Angela Adjetey Appiah, MSN, MPH, MA, RN, FAACM
Senior Administrative Director
Oncology Program and Infusion
Cancer Program Administrator

Phelps Hospital Northwell Health
Sleepy Hollow, NY
Greater New York City Black Nurses Association
Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award
Chekena D. Carter, DNP, FNP-C
Primary Care Provider Nurse Practitioner
Department of Veterans Affairs
Phoenix, AZ
Black Nurses Association of Greater Phoenix Area
Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award
Robyn D. Drake, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
SSM Medical Group
St. Louis, MO
Black Nurses Association of Greater St. Louis
Nurse Educator of the Year Award
Mary Ellen Trail Ross, DrPH, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC
Associate Professor, Clinical Nursing
The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston
School of Nursing
Houston, TX
Fort Bend County Black Nurses Association
Nurse Educator of the Year Award
Rebecca Harris-Smith, EdD, MSN, RN
Dean of Nursing & Allied Health
South Louisiana Community College
Lafayette, LA
Acadiana Black Nurses Association
Nurse Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Marsha D. Thomas, RN
Executive Director
Global Educational Opportunities
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Black Nurses Association
Nurse of the Year for Community Service Award
Jannae White, DNP, NP-C
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Orlando, FL
Central Florida Black Nurses Association
Nurse Researcher of the Year Award
Lovoria B. Williams, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, TTS
University of Kentucky
School of Nursing
Lexington, KY
Lexington Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association
Staff Nurse of the Year Award
Marilyn Richmond Johnson, RN
Senior Staff Operating Room Staff Nurse
Memorial Herman Surgery Center TMC
Houston, TX
Fort Bend County Black Nurses Association
Student Nurse of the Year Award
Letitia Y. Graves, MSN, RN
University of Pittsburgh
School of Nursing
Pittsburgh Black Nurses in Action
The NBNA mission is “to serve as the voice for Black nurses and diverse populations ensuring equal access to professional development, promoting educational opportunities and improving health”.