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CSON faculty, alumni, and students celebrate NERBNA

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Nurses show support at the New England Regional Black Nurses Association 25th Annual Excellence in Nursing Award Celebration

The Connell School of Nursing continued to show its support of the New England Regional Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NERBNA) by participating in the 25th Annual Excellence in Nursing Award Celebration. The event, which was held in Boston, honored members whose commitment to excellence in their practice was extraordinary.

Three alumni were honored during the award ceremony. Debra Washington, Ph.D., RN, Director of Diversity for Patient Care Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Diversity Advisory Board Member, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, gave the keynote address, 25 years after being the first recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Award. Clara M. Gona, Ph.D., FNP-BC, RN, MGH Institute of Health Professionals was given the Nursing Education/Teaching Award. And Marion Winfrey, Ed.D., RN, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts won the Nursing Leadership Award.

New England Regional Black Nurses Association, Inc. is a part of the national effort to unify, educate and increase the number of African American Nurses in this country. NERBNA is dedicated to investigating, defining and determining the health care needs of African Americans throughout New England. NERBNA is committed to implementing the necessary changes to insure that optimum health care is available to African Americans and other underserved communities.

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