Welcome to the Black Nurses Association of the Greater Washington D.C. Area
The Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc. (BNAofGWDCA) is the fourth chartered chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). BNA of GWDCA, in concurrence with the National Black Nurses Association is open to all active and retired licensed nurses (RNs and LPNs) and student nurses. BNA of GWDCA collaborates with other professionals and organizations, provides mentoring and tutorial services to Black nurses, nursing students and prospective nurses, and serves as the local nursing body to influence legislation and policies that affect Black consumers.
Message from the President

If you love nursing, you have come to the right site. I cannot imagine any organization I would rather be a part of than this one. An organization laden with tradition and members who have aspired to serve the Black community in the Greater Washington, Metropolitan Area for 40 years. If you are an RN or LPN, come and carve out a place among us, whether it is through community service, health policy initiatives, or our mentoring and scholarship programs. Or come with your own unique experiences and challenge us with new ideas. If you are a student nurse or contemplating nursing as a profession, you will be in awe of the knowledge and expertise at your fingertips... literally. You do not have to go it alone. Please take note of our calendar ... we also have fun. And for those of you who wish to be a benefactor, we welcome your support. Thank you for visiting our site.

Sonia Swayze, President
Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, DC Area

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BNA of GWDCA Scholarships

Each year the Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, DC, Area/BNA of GWDCA offers four scholarships to African American licensed nurses and student nurses who are residents of the District of Columbia and adjacent counties of the State of Maryland, namely Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Montgomery & Prince Georges counties. Interested individuals may download copies of the desired scholarship application from this site. Carefully, review applications for eligibility requirements. See brief descriptions below for a listing of the scholarships and deadline dates.

The Johnella Banks Memorial Scholarship for students enrolled in a BSN, ADN or LPN program and the Felicia Brady Scholarship for licensed nurses (LPN, ADN or BSN) enrolled in an educational program for advancement to the next level of nursing education are available, annually. The deadline date for both the Banks and Brady Scholarships is January 31st of each year. Click here for the desired application.

The Margaret Pemberton Scholarship and the Founders Scholarship are available to graduating seniors of high schools located in the District of Columbia and adjacent counties of the state of Maryland (see counties listed above). The deadline date for both the Pemberton and Founders Scholarships is April 15th of each year. Click here for the desired application.

The National Black Nurses Association offers scholarships each year, see www.nbna.org for information and eligibility requirements.



Thirty-Sixth Annual Salute to the Black Nurse of the Year And Scholarship Awards Banquet

Saturday, March 5, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Martin’s Crosswinds
7400 Greenway Center Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Honoring the 36th Black Nurse of the Year: Pier A. Broadnax, Ph.D., RN

Keynote Panelists:
Phyllis W. Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN
Thelma Floyd, RN, MSN, DHA
Jocelyn Anderson, MSN, RN, FNE-A
Michelle Patch, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC

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2015 Nurse of the Year

Crystal L. Scott MSN, RN-BC


2015 Black Nurse of the Year and Scholarship Awards Luncheon



BNA of GWDCA Members at 2015 NBNA Day on Capitol Hill

VITAS hosts "Missing our Mothers" Program

Millicent Gorham,PhD, MBA, FAAN Executive Director, NBNA, Diane Deese, VITAS, Janice Johnson, BSN, RN-BC, VP, BNA of GWDCA, Beverly Morgan, RN, BN of S. Md. and others attending brunch
Mar. 28, 2015

Christmas Memories

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