About Us

The Birmingham Black Nurses Association, Inc. (BBNA) was established in October 1989 under the leadership of Deborah Walker and Geneva Irby, who are currently serving as president emeritus and vice president emeritus respectively. BBNA received its charter as an official chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) in 1990 at the NBNA Annual Institute & Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Consistent with the goals of its national organization, BBNA advocates for high quality, culturally relevant health care for African Americans and other ethnic groups. BBNA’s many collaborative partnerships both nationally and throughout the Birmingham community are vital to the success of this mission. Dedicated to making a positive impact on health care disparities and issues of access to care within the state of Alabama, BBNA is a dynamic organization that maintains a constant presence in the Birmingham community. BBNA sponsors professional nursing workshops, mentors nursing students, conducts community health fairs, supports community healthcare initiatives, and participates in community service projects. Health promotion, disease prevention, and health education services are important strategies as BBNA continues to pursue quality healthcare for all Alabamians.

Founding National President, Dr. Lauranne Sams, served as liaison to BBNA and helped BBNA organize as a local chapter.

BBNA was incorporated in 1992.

 

CHARTER MEMBERS

 Deborah C. Walker
 Brenda Browder Geneva G. Irby
 Vanessa Newsome  Theresa Rodgers Annie Hamilton
 Pat Taylor  Bernice Spencer  Diana Kimbrough
 Virginia Thomas  Karen Winters Gloria Lewis
 Michelle York  Gwen Pernell Barbara Stubbs

chartermembers First Row Left to Right: Gwen Pernell, Geneva Irby, Deborah Walker, Lauranne Sams, Founder of NBNA, Bernice Spencer, Theresa Rodgers
Second Row, Left to Right: Vanessa Newsome, Brenda Browder, Gloria Lewis, Diana Kimbrough, Karen Winters, Virginia Thomas, Michelle York, Barbara Stubbs. Founding Members not Pictured: Annie Hamilton, Pat Taylor.

 

PAST PRESIDENTS
Deborah C. Walker
Geneva G. Irby
Gloria Lewis
Carol DeRamus
Francine Clark Jones
Marcia Lowe
Carthenia Jefferson
Deborah Andrews
Jennifer Coleman
Mary F. Williamson


OBJECTIVES OF BBNA

  • Promote ongoing continuing nursing education to support the standard of nursing practice
  • Plan activities to support a scholarship fund for nursing students and a research fund for nursing practices
  • Provide health education in the African American community
  • Define and determine the health care needs for the African American community by acting as their advocates
  • Conduct, analyze and publish research to increase the body of knowledge about health need of the African American community
  • Recruit, counsel, and assist African American persons interested in nursing to ensure a constant procession of African American nurses into the field of nursing (mentorship program) and encourage nurses to obtain higher levels of education, at least a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree
  • Be the vehicle for unification of African American nurses of varied age groups, educational levels and specialty areas to ensure continuity and support of our common interests

BBNA SERVICE COLLABORATIONS

AARP

AKA, BIRMINGHAM, AL CHAPTER

ALABAMA STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION

ALABAMA COALTION OF NURSING ORGANIZATION

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

BRENDA’S BROWN BOSOM BUDDIES

BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCILMAN STEVEN HOYT

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF ALABAMA

DELTA SIGMA THETA, BIRMINGHAM, AL CHAPTER

DR. SANDRA FORD & THE SPIRIT OF LUKE: A PROMISE TO HELP

NAVIGATOR

OBESITY ACTION COALITION

SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION

SUSAN G. KOMEN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA AFFILIATE CHAPTER

UAB HOSPITAL

UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING

VITAS INNOVATIVE HOSPICE CARE

COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Blood Pressure Screenings, Health & Lifestyle Awareness Education & Health Fairs

Compassionate Care Donations to Salvation Army

Compassionate Care Donations to Children’s Village

Compassionate Care Donations to Jessie’s Place

Compassionate Care Donations to Hannah Home for Abused Women & Children

Compassionate Care Donations to the Homeless

Compassionate Care Donations to Southern Care Hospice

Compassionate Care Donations to Jasper House for HIV/AIDS Tenants

AKA Health Fair

Delta Sigma Theta Health Fair

Spirit of Luke: A Promise to Help Blackbelt Mission

Colon Cancer Walk

Project Homeless

Women’s Health 5K

Sickle Cell Walk

AME Pentecostal Explosion

Adopt a School-Back to School Supplies Collection Project

American Heart Walk

Walk from Obesity

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Breast Cancer Walk

BBNA LEGENDS AND HEROES IN HEALTHCARE 2006-2013

2013 Legends in White

Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN
Beatrice M. Price, RN

 

2013 Heroes in Healthcare

Helen J. Clinton, RN
Kermillia Moore-Whitehead, MS, RN, NE-BC

 

2010 Legends in White

Delois Skipwith Guy, PhD, RN
Roberta Watts, PhD, RN

 

2010 Heroes in Healthcare

Ernestine French, RN
Trudy Lockett, RN
Angela Shorter, RN, IBCLC, CCE
Wyvern Wallace, MSN, RN, NE-BC

 

2008 Legends in White

Lauranne Sams, PhD, RN
Pauline Fletcher, RN
Deborah C. Walker, BSN, MA, NE-BC
Geneva G. Irby, RN
Bettye F. Berry, PhD
Eulalia H. Cooper, BSN

 

2008 Heroes in Healthcare

Mardell Davis, PhD, RN
Gloria J. Harris, MSN
Rochelle Reynolds, RN
Shona Thomas, RN

 

2006 Legends in White

Charlie Dickson, BSN, MSN, Ed.D
Surpora Thomas, BSN, MBA
Cynthia Barginere, BSN

 

2006 Heroes in Healthcare

Stephanie Armstead, RN
Sandra Rudolph, RN
Vanessa McNeil, RN
Patricia Moore, RN