Message from the President


Martha A. Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE

We just ended a successful 2019 year at NBNA.  The 47th Annual Institute and Conference in New Orleans had a record-breaking attendance of members and exhibitors. Our Corporate Roundtable partners contributed to the success of our conference in so many ways such as the introduction of health apps, 40 under networking, education on heart health, safe human milk, and production of podcasts on population health. We held our first Men’s Bowtie Breakfast educational session, and our local chapters are taking the platform nationwide in 2020. We celebrated the 90th birthday of Dr. Betty Smith Williams, one of our founding members.  Dr. Eric J. Williams, our 12th President, ended his successful presidency but remains actively engaged as the immediate past president ensuring a smooth transition and ongoing success of my presidency.

NBNA nurses continue to reflect the communities that we serve and give back to future generations.  As I travel the country, it is amazing to see the work that chapter presidents, leaders and members are doing to “make NBNA a household name.”  Increasing our presence and footprint is a strategic goal for NBNA. Collectively, NBNA and over 35 chapters awarded over $160,000 in scholarships to nurses and nursing students across the US. Our nurses were featured on TV, radio, podcast and Ted Talks. Members have written books, published in peer-reviewed journals, newsletters, newspapers, and given webinars. NBNA is on the move.

In September 2019, the 20 by 20 Retention and Recruitment Membership Campaign kickoff with four chapters was a huge success and some chapters have already reached their 100% match; and, other chapters have seen growth that moved them into another category, such as small chapter moving to mid-size chapter.  Our goal is to reach 5,000 members by June 2020 and 7,000 by 2021, when we celebrate 50 years as a thriving, professional organization.

2020, “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” The World Health Organization (WHO) declared 2020 as the year of the nurse and midwife to celebrate the 200th year of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing. In 2020, NBNA will continue our growth strategy of every chapter having 50 members. Our members will continue to travel the globe promoting “human caring,” serving the needs of populations and educating the next generation of nurses. NBNA advocates for and is a voice for under-representative groups.  We advocate for safe living, healthy lives, and peaceful transition by supporting health care for all.  More importantly, we are working to ensure a world and society that embraces and focuses on health and wellness, addressing healthcare determinants. When it comes to health care, where we are born, live, worship, work and play matters. NBNA members are foot-soldiers working locally and nationally to improve living conditions by advocating for clean air, water, and soil, safe food, housing, and communities, better education, and improved access to health services. In August 2019, a call to serve was issued and 206 nurses volunteered to serve on over 35 NBNA committees to help us continue the work to make a difference in our organization, workplaces, educational institutions, communities, and the profession.

I want every member to know that you are appreciated and the work you do matters.  I thank you for your service and wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2020.