Press - July 17, 2016

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Name: Dr. Millicent Gorham
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July 17, 2016
The National Black Nurses Association will Host its 45th Anniversary and 44th Annual Institute and Conference
The National Black Nurses Association will host its 45th Anniversary and 44th Annual Institute and Conference, August 2-7, 2016, Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN.  The theme of the conference is "Nursing: Advancing Healthcare Practices through Diversity and Collaboration".   With over 1000 nurses and student nurses expected to attend this state-of-the-art conference, NBNA will offer up to 33 hours of continuing education.  Topics include mindfulness, end of life care, cardiovascular health, nursing education, nursing practice, women's health, men's health, children's health, physical activity, genetics, hepatitis, lupus, cancer, multiple myeloma, health outcomes, mental health, sickle cell, sarcoidosis and HIV/AIDS.
The Grand Opening of the Exhibit showcase will take place on Thursday, August 4, where 100 exhibitors will display employment and education opportunities and their goods and services.  This is open to the public on Thursday Only. 
Dr. Eric J. Williams, the NBNA 12th President will offer his presidential address highlighting the programmatic efforts and expectations for 2017 for NBNA at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6-8 pm.  The Opening Ceremony is open to the public at no cost.  And, Dr. Williams will preside over the business meetings attended by the NBNA membership. 
The Opening Ceremony Keynote Speaker is Sandra Evers-Manly, Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility, Northop Grumman and President, The Northrop Grumman Foundation.  The Closing Session Speaker is Ena Williams, MBA, MSM, BSN, RN, CENP, Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT.  She will speak on the topic: "Nursing: Advancing Healthcare Practices through Diversity and Collaboration".  Her one hour CE presentation will take place on Sunday, August 7, 2016.  
The Presidents' Leadership Institute, comprised of the 100 chapter presidents, 100 vice president, the NBNA Board of Directors and past presidents, will  focus on NBNA programmatic initiatives and leadership development.  The luncheon is sponsored by Hologic.
Plenary Session I speakers will address the theme of "Building a Culture of Health", an initiative developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The speakers are Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Angela Patterson, CVS Health; Rafielle Freeman, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Dr. Carmen Kynard, Strategic Behavioral Health.  And, domestic abuse and human trafficking will be the focus at the Plenary Session II.   
Special sessions on End of Life Care for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Geriatric Mental Health First Aid USA are among the new sessions at the Conference.  Back by popular demand are three sessions on Mindfulness.
Twenty-one nursing students at all levels will be offered scholarships ranging from $1000 to $5000.  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Children's Mercy Kansas City, VITAS Healthcare are among the corporate entities sponsoring scholarships to support continued education for nursing students. 
The Nurse of the Year Awards honoring nursing colleagues in six categories will be presented at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, August 4.  The Scholarship Awards will be presented at the first business meeting on Thursday, August 4. 
Three leadership tracks are provided for the NBNA Leadership, students and those ascending the leadership ladder.   A Career Fair for Memphis area nurses and nursing students is provided at no cost on Friday, August 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
The 45th Anniversary Luncheon and presentation will also honor the sponsors and exhibitors that have been with NBNA for more than 17 years.  And, NBNA will host its first Under 40 Award, honoring the next cadre of NBNA nurse leaders.  This event is sponsored by Gilead Sciences.
A new feature at the NBNA Conference is the "Sapphire Musical Review" featuring Stax Music Alumni Academy Band, with blues, jazz and rock and roll.
At the President's "Sapphire Blue Soiree" and 45th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, August 6.  The NBNA President will present his Presidential Awards.  Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton will receive the Life Time Achievement Award.  The Trailblazer Awards will be given to RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Dr. Veronica Clarke-Tasker, Dr. Angelo Moore, Dr. Yolanda Powell-Young and Dr. Mary Holt Ashley.
The NBNA new Board Members and Nominations Committee members will be installed on Sunday, August 7.   
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".