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Our Nurse of the Week is Martha Dawson, DNP, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing who has been elected to serve as president of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), Inc.

Dawson will serve a two-year term as the organization’s 13th president. She was recently sworn in during the annual NBNA Institute and Conference in New Orleans in late July. She is also a member of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association chapter of NBNA.

According to birminghamtimes.com, the NBNA’s mission is “to serve as the voice for black nurses and diverse populations ensuring equal access to professional development, promoting educational opportunities and improving health.”

Dawson’s career in nursing spans more than 40 years. She is a two-time graduate of the UAB School of Nursing and a member of the UAB School of Nursing faculty since 2008. She has led the highly ranked graduate nursing administration specialty track at UAB and served in a number of roles, including principal investigator for a Health Resources and Services Administration workforce investment grant.

Dawson tells birminghamtimes.com, “I am prepared, ready and willing to serve and guide NBNA into the future and place the organization on the global stage as knowledgeable, professional nursing leaders. I firmly support NBNA’s commitment to serve African American communities, increase the number of African American nurses, and improve equity, equality and inclusivity in health education, service, practice and research.”

The NBNA was created by Dr. Lauranne Sams, former dean of the Tuskegee University School of Nursing, in 1971. It is a nonprofit organization, which represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students, and retired nurses from the US, Eastern Caribbean, and Africa, with 92 chartered chapters in 35 states.

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