Press - February 4, 2015

National Black Nurses Association celebrates its
27th Annual National Black Nurses Day on Capitol Hill


Contact: Millicent Gorham
Phone: 301-589-3200

The National Black Nurses Association will host its 27th Annual National Black Nurses Day on Capitol Hill, Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC.   The theme of National Black Nurses Day is “Patient Centered Care: Public Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Issues".    

“Over 300 nurses and nursing students from across the Nation will attend the event to educate their Members of Congress about the need for higher levels of funding for nursing education, specific provisions in the Affordable Care Act, reducing hospital readmissions, and, the reauthorization of the maternal, infant and child visiting program ”, stated NBNA President Reverend Dr. Deidre Walton.   

“NBNA Day on Capitol Hill provides tools and offers experiences on best practices on how to advocate for the profession of nursing and the communities where our members live and work,” stated Dr. Beulah Nash Teachey, Chairman, NBNA Health Policy Committee.   “We are the voice of change and can help with practical public policy decisions to improve the health status in our communities.”
Elisa Basnight, JD, MPA, Director, Center for Women Veterans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is the featured keynote speaker.  
The other speakers are Melissa Bishop-Murphy, Pfizer, Inc.; Christine Bloomquist, AstraZeneca; and Tom Blancato, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs.
The National Black Nurses Association, founded in 1971, is a professional organization, representing 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses and nursing students.  The mission of NBNA 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 colors”.