Saturday March 28, 2015

President's Message

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

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 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!

Muriel Appram, BS, RN
President, NCBNA, Inc.



NCBNA's Meeting and Mentoring Program is sponsoring a free workshop on Resume Writing & Interviewing Skills, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the CREC Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy, 600 Slater Road, New Britain, CT.  The workshop is free of charge, however, pre-registration is required.  To register go to:, or email us at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The workshop presenters will be Flora Washington Spears, PhD, Retired VP, Aetna Medical Claims Division and Alex Perry, MS, Resident Director, Morrisville State College.

Written by Lisa Davis   

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.


NCBNA 2014 Nursing Scholarships and Book Award Recipient

NCBNA awarded nursing scholarships to Darnett Bent-Kerr and Elizabeth Martin at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the USS Chowder Pot Restaurant. Ms. Bent-Kerr is enrolled in the nursing program at Goodwin College, and Ms. Martin is a enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Connecticut.  This year's High School Student Book Award was awarded to Coral Olmeda, who was a 2014 graduate of the Hartford Public High School Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences, and is enrolled at the University of Connecticut.


(Vicie Brooks, NCBNA Scholarship Chair with High School Book Awardee)




2014 Nursing Scholarship Recipients

(Florence Johnson (NCBNA), Darnett Bent-Kerr (recipient), Elizabeth Martin (recipient), Vicie Brooks(NCBNA) and Rosalyn Stevens - Hartford Healthcare Federal Credit Union )



2014 Collaborative Spirit Award recipient, Dr. Carol Polifironi (Uconn) and NCBNA Uconn Nursing Alumni



2014 NCBNA Collaborative Spirit Award recipient, Father Emmanuel Ihemedu and NCBNA Member Marlene Harris

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