Minority nurse leaders

A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table

Careers in health policy offer nurses of color a unique opportunity to influence decision-making on critical minority health issues at the local, state and national level

Role Model

Actress Hattie Winston talks about playing a minority nurse on television and her real-life passion for making a difference in young people’s lives.

Flying with the Eagles

Are minority nurse leaders born or made? At a unique leadership development program in New Jersey, the answer is “both.”

Developing Nurse Leaders. . .in the Indian Way

Pathways to Leadership is a minority nurse leadership development program with an exciting difference: It’s a culturally competent curriculum created by--and for--American Indian nurses.

Management Plan

Meet five minority nurses in health care management positions whose ability to defy the odds, break through the barriers and take courageous risks helped them rise to the top of their field.

Our Voice at the CDC

Thanks to the historic appointment of American Indian nurse Pelagie “Mike” Snesrud to a key federal health policy-making position, tribal nations have a champion within the system to advocate for their needs.

Making a Difference

NBNA Nurse of the Year 2000 Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty to Make a Difference for Many Minority Nurses

Minority Nurses Take Center Stage at ANA Convention

Minority nurses were a constant and powerful presence at the 2002 American Nurses Association (ANA) Biennial Convention, held June 29-July 2 in Philadelphia.

Making History

Call them courageous. Call them trailblazers. But for the generation of black nurses who helped achieve health care integration in the Civil Rights era, it was simply a matter of standing up for what was right.

State of the Union

Formed seven years ago to provide a powerful, unified voice for all minority nurses, the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA) continues to focus on the future

Been There, Done That

From dog mushing in Alaska to caring for rescue workers at Ground Zero, the life of American Indian nurse Yolanda Talbert has been a never-ending series of adventures.

Leadership Skills for Minority Nurses

In the first installment of our new career advice column, nursing leaders of color share their insights on what makes a good leader and how you can cultivate your own leadership abilities

Eyes on the Prize

The American Nurses Association’s Mary Mahoney Award honors nurses who--like its pioneering namesake--have made exceptional contributions to increasing opportunities for minorities in the profession

From “Small-Town Girl” to Pioneering Nurse Educator

From “Small-Town Girl” to Pioneering Nurse Educator

Dr. May L. Wykle, the first African American dean of Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, talks to Minority Nurse about how she overcame prejudice to pursue her nursing education and why she has made it her lifelong mission to bring more minority students into the profession.

Filling a Need for Leaders

A unique collaboration between the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the American Organization of Nurse Executives is helping the next generation of Hispanic nurses prepare to move into leadership roles

Shaping the Future of Patient Care

From implementing new specialty units to creating more patient-centered policies and services, nurse executive Diane Johnson’s innovative leadership is helping her hospital transform care throughout the organization.

Leaders Follow

In the battle against racial and ethnic breast cancer disparities, being a leader means more than just taking initiative. It also means honoring the successes of others who have contributed to the fight.

From CNA to CEO

A successful nurse executive shares the story of her journey to the highest rung of the nursing career ladder--with plenty of advice for future minority nursing leaders along the way

Equality First

Erma Willis-Alford wasn’t trying to be a civil rights hero when she applied for a job at an all-white Oklahoma hospital in 1966. Yet her barrier-breaking presence became a catalyst for change, not just at the hospital but in the community.

Bridging the Barriers to Research Careers

By helping talented students of color make the transition from MSN degrees to PhD programs, the federally funded Bridges to the Doctoral Degree initiative is working to increase the number of minority nurse scientists


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