Thursday February 22, 2018

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.


News Feeds:

November 11, 2017

The New England Chapters of the National Black Nurses Association Inc., (New Haven, Hartford, Boston and Springfield) and National Association of Hispanic Nurses (Hartford, Connecticut, Boston and Springfield) will be hosting the third annual  New England Minority Nursing Leadership Conference Saturday, November 11, 2107 at the Towne Square Hotel (formerly the Springfield Marriott), Springfield, MA from  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  This year's conference speakers include Deborah Washington, PhD, RN Director of Diversity for Patient Care Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA and Lisette Martinez, MBA, Diversity Officer, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT.

The conference registration fee is $55 and $40 for students. 5.5 contact hours will be offered.  To register online go to our eventbrite site at

Bronze conference sponsors include the Organization of Nurse Leaders (MA, RI, NH, CT), Yale New Haven Hospital, University of Connecticut, the New England AIDS Education and Training Center, Baystate Health, the University of Rhode Island and American International College.

Donors and exhibitors include the Freedom Credit Union, Curry College, Wilson Ministries, New England Donor Services, University of St Joseph, Healthfullness, Metcom, The American Women's College, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford Healthcare, Shanzay Stylez, Keniques, US Army Healthcare Recruiting, Angela Lowe (jewelry), Cherish Natural Sanitary Products and HU hospital.

Exhibitor and vendor tables are still available for a nominal fee. For additional information please email us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and remember to follow us on twitter: @NENurses2017


Petit Family Foundation makes donation to NCBNA's Mentoring Program

NCBNA was presented with a check in the amount of $10,000 from the Petit Family Foundation. The donation will help support NCBNA's Mentoring Program. The check was presented by Dr. William Petit to NCBNA President Muriel Appram, Treasurer Vicie Brooks, and Mentoring Program Director Jessica Arter. Thank you Petit Family Foundation!

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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