Tuesday September 30, 2014

President's Message

President NCBNA

Welcome to the Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association’s website. We are glad that you took this opportunity to stop by to learn more about us.

As President of the NCBNA, I am dedicated to serving the organization to achieve our strategic vision and goals and embrace professional nurses from diverse nursing backgrounds. The broad nursing diversity of our Chapter brings a comprehensive view and perspective that respects the nursing knowledge and experience of nurses in Connecticut. One of my goals is to build a strong cadre of nursing leaders who will possess the leadership competencies that will maintain and propel the Chapter to higher levels of success. This includes sponsoring ongoing professional development and networking opportunities, mentoring and coaching, and leading by example.

The Chapter works collaboratively with many other health-related organizations and institutions, community partners, colleges and schools, and faith-based organizations. We continue to build these collaborations in order to effectively reach the populations that are most impacted by the lack of health care and health disparities.

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining our dynamic organization, co-sponsoring a community event or fundraiser, or making a donation. We embrace and support nursing students financially, by offering scholarships to help defray the costs associated with pursuing higher education. Our scholarships are made possible by our event supporters and donors.

Hope to see you at our next event and remember, achieving your optimal health is our priority!


Lisa Davis, RN, BSN, MBA
President, NCBNA, Inc.


NCBNA will host its annual scholarship luncheon on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the USS IV Chowder Pot Restaurant, Hartford, CT from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  This year's theme is "Strengthening Diversity in the Nursing Workforce."  The keynote speaker will be Deborah Washington, PhD, MS, RN, Director of Diversity for Patient Care Services, Massachusettes General Hospital; Co-Chair Future of Nursing, Diversity Steering Committee, Campaign for Action, State Action Coalition; and Chair, National Black Nurses Association, Diversity committee. Tickets are $50.00 per person, $30 for students, and corporate sponsorship is also available. For information about tickets or vendor tables, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We will introduce our Mentoring and Meeting Program Teams and Sponsors.


The Mentoring and Meeting Program was launched with our trip to Philadelphia, PA to the National Black Nurses Association's Annual Conference August 7-10, 2014.  Eight Lead Mentors (NCBNA members), 20 college students and 9 high school students (and chaperones) were in attendance as we traveled by coach bus the Philadelphia.  The students attended the conference plenary sessions, as well as daily educational workshops.  Students met many distinguished and accomplished nurses from across the U.S.  The purpose of the Mentoring and Meeting program is to expose high school and college level students, who are or will be pursuing a career in nursing, to an exceptional educational experience and networking opportunity at the National Black Nurses conference. The Mentoring program will include quarterly educational and leadership workshops.


MMP Students at National Conference President's Gala

(Above photo: Mentoring Program students and Mentors at the NBNA Conference Gala)

Program Team sponsors include: University of Connecticut (HRSA fund D19HP22227-03-01 for Nursing Workforce Diversity), Goodwin College, Aetna, Andrea Hawkins, Howard K. Hill Funeral Home, The Petit Family Foundation, The RMB Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, The Anonymous No. 46 fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, The Hartford High School Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the CT Nursing Collaborative- State Action Coalition.


2013 Luncheon Community Service and Collaborative Spirit Award Recipients

NCBNA would like to thank everyone who attended our Annual Luncheon on September 28th at the Manchester Country Club.  A special thanks to our corporate sponsors:  Goodwin College, Connecticut Hospital Association, Uconn School of Nursing Alumni & Friends Society and Hartford Hospital Government and Community Affairs.

Mr. Gregg Jones of the Omega Foundation, was this year's recipient of our Community Service Award, and Mrs. Deborah Blazys (Hartford Public High School Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences) was the recipient of the Collaborative Spirit Award.


NCBNA President Lisa Davis and Community Service Award recipient Mr. Gregg Jones

NCBNA President Lisa Davis and Community Service Award recipient Mr. Gregg Jones


NCBNA President Lisa Davis and Collaborative Spirit Award recipient Deb Blazys


NCBNA 2013 Nursing Scholarship and Book Award Recipients

NCBNA awarded a nursing scholarship to Christina James at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon, Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Manchester Country Club. Ms. James is enrolled in the nursing program at Capital Community College, and was a graduate of the Hartford Public High School Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences (HPHS ANHS).  This year, NCBNA launched its High School Student Book Award that was awarded to Terrica Drummond, who was a 2013 graduate of the HPHS ANHS and is enrolled at Central Connecticut State University, pursing a career in Nursing.


(left to right- Terrica Drummond, NCBNA President Lisa Davis, Christina James)

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