New England Regional Black Nurses Excellence in Nursing Awards
On February 12th, Kadiatu Tejan ’16, Kim Monestime ’17, Winbriel Gandy ’16, and Loic Assobmo ’17 had the opportunity to attend the New England Regional Black Nurses Association’s (NERBNA) 28th Excellence in Nursing Award Celebration. The event focused on recognizing Black nurses who consistently excel in their profession and specialty areas (NERBNA). For the students, the event was an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of diversity in healthcare and the practice of holistic nursing. Below KILN students share their thoughts.
Motivation to Excel
It was great to be in an environment where individuals were still passionate about their field and strived for excellence and leadership. The award recipients not only represented these ideals, but also served as examples of the importance of mentoring and education.
As a Black male nursing student, I felt like this was one of the few proud moments in my career where I heard people outwardly welcoming, encouraging, and celebrating the importance of males in the profession. It was even more empowering to look around and notice so many professionals with the same skin color as me, being recognized for achieving great things in the field of nursing. I felt a strong sense of pride and motivation.
The accomplishments of the members who received awards served as motivation to always go the extra mile in providing optimal patient care. They each exhibited outstanding communication, leadership, and compassion.
Keynote Speaker: Reverend Veronica A. Clarke-Tasker, PhD, RN, MS, MBA, MPH, & M. Div.
Reverend Veronica A. Clarke-Tasker of Howard University spoke about the importance of education, compassion, and diversity in the field of nursing. She urged us to continue our education, not just for the sake of ourselves, but of others. She is a great role model for our generation where other matters have taken priority over pursuing an education.
“With nursing anything is possible. The job definition of a nurse is endless. As a nurse you must create your own path and destiny.” These were the words of Reverend Veronica Clarke-Tasker, who was one of the first nurses I met at the NERBNA Excellence in Nursing Award Celebration.
The keynote speaker reminded all of us about the importance of caring for every patient in a holistic manner. Nursing, as we understand it to be, is a profession that requires a person to be both empathetic and sympathetic. We must put aside our preconceived notions, put aside our own beliefs and differences, and focus on the humanity of the patient.
I considered myself privileged to get the business card of the keynote speaker of the event, Veronica Clarke-Tasker, and the business card of the president of NERBNA, who remembered me when I called her to follow-up. Although the event is over, the connections I have made will really be important for me as I continue my journey in nursing.
I was able to network with not only students and professors from BC, but also with other nurses who were able to tell their story of becoming a nurse.
It was great to meet CSON and KILN alumni as I was able to talk to them about their specialties and opportunities they pursued after graduating from the CSON.