What do the first professionally trained African American nurse, the first black president of the American Nurses Association, the current CEO of the National League for Nursing and the president of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations have in common? They have all been inducted into the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)’s Institute of Excellence (IOE).

Launched a year and a half ago, the IOE’s purpose is to recognize and celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of African American nurses who have attained the highest standards in the nursing profession and have made significant contributions to improving health care in the U.S. and in the global community. In addition to highlighting the achievements of black nursing leaders, the institute also offers resources for continued leadership development.

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