Part I

What a challenging and difficult journey it has been to find the perfect opportunity to use my nursing skills and practice the desire of my heart to help and heal people, since becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) three years ago. I believe LPN’s are the “backbones” for our Registered Nurses (RN), yet job opportunities for LPN’s have rapidly deteriorated for reasons unclear to me. I almost gave up nursing for a different career path. As a practicing African American nurse, my judgment has been constantly overridden by non-medical Caucasian women who labeled me ineffective, or simply said I was not doing my job. My supervisors, rather than gather the facts, acknowledged this behavior. I knew if I couldn’t find a mentor to support and guide me through these difficult challenges, my career would soon end. I remember a friend telling me about a function that honored a “Black Nurse of the Year”. Could the organizer of this event provide the support and guidance I longed for? To the library I go to find out. I googled “Black Nurse of the Year.” Jackpot!! On the Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington D.C. Area’s (BNAofGWDCA) website, I see pictures of nurses and read about the amazing activities, mentoring opportunities and scholarship awards offered to the nursing community in Washington DC. The 4th Thursday in March 2015, I go to my first meeting. I am greeted with warmth and care from many nurses and I have never looked back until now… to write this blog. I joined that evening and have received the support and guidance I needed to continue my nursing journey towards the highest level of nursing I can achieve.

Dia Hannah,
LPN Black Nurses Association Greater Washington DC Area