Nashville Black Nurses Association hosts car wash fun-raiser

(l to r) President of Nashville Chapter of Black Nurses Association, Inc. Shawanda Clay and Samantha Agee (photo by D. Culp).

(l to r) President of Nashville Chapter of Black Nurses Association, Inc. Shawanda Clay and Samantha Agee (photo by D. Culp).

The Nashville Chapter of Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA) recently hosted a fundraising car wash at the Wet Wet Car Wash on Jefferson Street (next door to Paul’s Market and across the street from Helen’s Hot Chicken). The national organization operates under the non-profit 501(c)3 status. The National Black Nurses Association’s mission is to “represent and provide a forum for Black Nurses to advocate and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color.”

Members of NBNA washed cars and kept the atmosphere fun, light and airy. Festive music played while they applied the necessary elbow grease, making each vehicle shine to the max. Several cars and small trucks alike were washed for a nominal fee/donation, all for a good cause. Beforehand, the nurses announced that anyone could bring their vehicle to be washed. They also sent out an invitation for anyone wishing to help with the fundraiser, to come on out via their Facebook page, <www.facebook.com/Nashville-Black-Nurses-Association>. The funds raised will be utilized for ongoing recruitment efforts and community activities.

Before going over to the carwash site, some of the nurses were at Matthew Walker Health Clinic to assemble their mock paper nurses hats. Each of the cute paper tributes represented the times when nurses wore (nurse) hats. They were symbolized with a red cross. Nashville Chapter President Shawanda Clay and her team, included Lisa Humphreys, Samantha Agee, Sharon Pendleton and Pamela Jones. They also gave deserved credit to the many volunteers helping the day’s event move smoothly.

The ladies displayed a loving sense of healthy good humor with their clientele and guests alike. They were equally blessed with the sunshine and beautiful car washing weather. Surely, that played a big part in motivating even the toughest customers to slow down and roll into the clean funfest.

The National Black Nurses Association was organized in 1971 under the leadership of Dr. Lauranne Sams, former dean and professor of nursing, School of Nursing, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.

The NBNA is a non-profit organization incorporated on September 2, 1972 in the state of Ohio.

The NBNA represents approximately 150,000 African American nurses from the U.S.A., Canada, the Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 91 chartered chapters nationwide.

The NBNA’s mission is to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to represent and provide a forum for Black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color.

The NBNA is committed to excellence in education and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. The association provides annual scholarships for students.

The NBNA collaborates with private and public agencies/organizations that share common concerns for improving the health status of all people, particularly African Americans and other minority consumers.

The NBNA publishes its newsletter four times a year: spring, summer, fall, and winter; with a Journal of the NBNA twice a year: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.

The NBNA convenes an annual National Institute and Conference. The National Black Nurses Association hosts an Annual Institute and Conference in the summer of each year. NBNA’s Annual Institute and Conference features the most prominent speakers in nursing and health care.

This 2017 NBNA national conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Sunday, July 30, to Friday, August 4.

The four day educational and empowerment conference includes a one day annual institute, offering 4-6 hours of intensive, concurrent educational programs in health promotion for African American males, child and adolescent health, breast cancer, women’s health, research, cardiovascular and obesity.

Other educational programs include: presentations made by national health experts in a variety of health areas including cancer; HIV/AIDS; menopause; osteoporosis; nutrition; diabetes; health policy and health and healing; roundtable discussions; a three day exhibition featuring vendors from schools of nursing, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications; publications and equipment industries; hospitals and health systems; managed care organizations and insurance companies; and a host of networking and corporate sponsorship events.

For additional information about the Nashville NBNA Chapter, or to become a member or to donate to them, contact Chapter President Shawanda Clay at <nbnanashville@gmail.com>; 615-310-8472; <www.bnanashville.nursingnetwork.com> or  <www.nbna.org>.