Assistant Professor Martha Dawson, DNP, has been elected president of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and will lead its mission to be “the voice for black nurses and diverse populations ensuring equal access to professional development, promoting educational opportunities and improving health." Dawson, a member of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association chapter, will be sworn in for a two-year term during the 47th annual NBNA Institute and Conference in New Orleans July 23- 28.
“I firmly support NBNA’s commitment to serve African-American communities, increase the number of African-American nurses, improve equity, equality and inclusivity in health education, service, practice and research,” Dawson said.
|Martha Dawson, whose well-recognized career spans more than 40 years in nursing and health services, is a two-time graduate of the UAB School of Nursing.|
Dawson, whose well-recognized career spans more than 40 years in nursing and health services, is a two-time graduate of the UAB School of Nursing, earning her bachelor of science in nursing in 1976 and her master of science in nursing in 1984. A member of the UAB School of Nursing faculty since 2008, she has led the highly ranked graduate nursing administration specialty track and served in a number of roles, including principal investigator for a Health Resources & Services Administration workforce investment grant.
Dawson has served in a variety of positions in NBNA, including 1st vice president, secretary, historian, and chair of the finance, resolution, membership and program committees.