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Black Nurses Association of Maryland Eastern Shore Chartered on 8/3



The Black Nurses Association of Maryland Eastern Shore was chartered to the esteemed Black Nurses Association (NBNA) last month on August 3, 2023 at the NBNA Annual Institute and Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.


Jakisha Downing, President of the BNA Maryland Eastern Shore, shared this exciting news:

"We are thrilled to announce a momentous occasion in the history of healthcare and diversity in our region. On August 3, 2023, we mark this significant milestone that will undoubtedly shape our community's future of nursing and healthcare."

President Downing continued, "The establishment of this chapter reinforces the importance of diversity in healthcare and the critical role that black nurses play in addressing health disparities and promoting equal access to quality care."


Landra Burton and Jakisha Downing of the BNA Maryland Eastern Shore with Dr. Martha Dawson, President of the NBNA (center)

The NBNA was founded in 1971 and represents 308,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students, and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean, and Africa.


The mission of the NBNA is:

“to serve as the voice for Black nurses and diverse populations ensuring equal access to professional development, promoting educational opportunities and improving health.”

There are now four Charter Chapters throughout the state of Maryland:

With the recent chartering of the Black Nurses Association of Maryland Eastern Shore, President Downing stated:


"By joining hands with the National Black Nurses Association, we now have an even greater platform to raise awareness, advocate for change, and empower our community through education, support, and mentorship.

As we move forward as a united force under the NBNA banner, we are eager to extend our reach and amplify our impact. Through collaboration and mutual support, we can enhance healthcare outcomes, provide opportunities for professional growth, and promote health equity for all."


Congratulations to President Jakisha Downing and all members of the BNA Maryland Eastern Shore on this achievement!



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