Nurses Light the Path: Empowering Patients to Improve Breast Cancer Screening and Clinical Trial Representation

BNRF Welcomes the Greater Birmingham Chapter

2023 BNRF Annual Convention

Divine 9 Aims to Save the Lives of Black Women Endangered by Roe v. Wade Repeal With ‘Tell Somebody’ PSA Campaign

Community Empowerment: Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimers Disease

Please join the Alzheimer’s Association and the Association of Black Women Physicians in an interactive virtual discussion about the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.

This live webinar is taking place June 29, 2022 from 12pm to 1pm Central Standard Time.   You can register below for an access link or call 800-272-3900 to join the webinar by phone.

This education program will help the audience in recognizing some common signs of the disease and provide guidance on what to watch for in themselves and others.

The guest speaker Emnet Gammada, Ph.D.  has worked hard along with guest moderator Cozette Lyons-Jones, MD, MPH, FACP to bring the best value in educational training through this webinar.


Save the Date for the 2022 BNRF Leadership Conference!

BNRF Staff Participate in Summit to Improve Awareness, Treatment of Cardiac Implantable Device Infections

The summit organized by the American Heart Association aims to bridge gaps in detection and appropriate care of implantable device infections

Black Nurses Rock participated in an American Heart Association summit of more than 40 health care professionals to bridge gaps in awareness, detection and appropriate treatment of cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) infections.

As many as one in 20 patients with a CIED, such as a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator, develops an infection within three years of implantation. Despite current guidelines, only one in five patients with a CIED infection undergoes timely extraction – the most appropriate treatment option. Early extraction is associated with a 41% lower risk of death. Female and Black patients are even less likely to undergo this lifesaving procedure.

During the summit, participants – including clinicians and patient advocates – shared insights to inform educational webinars and podcasts that will be promoted and disseminated across the American Heart Association’s extensive health care professional network. The multidisciplinary group also recommended:


  • development of patient and referring physician tools to drive earlier diagnosis,
  • creation of a care pathway and structures to support safe extraction, and
  • the launch of a patient awareness and education campaign.

“To treat CIED infections well, you need a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to gather and leverage the available experts,” said Dr. Bruce Wilkoff, MD, planning group chairperson of the Association’s CIED initiative and director of cardiac pacing and tachyarrhythmia devices at Cleveland Clinic. “The American Heart Association is the perfect organization to get the message out. We can improve awareness, detection and treatment of CIED infections if we all work together.”

Learn more about this effort to drive evidence-based, equitable CIED infection care and sign up to receive the summit report and access related educational resources by clicking below.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

DAISY Award Nominations Are Now Open!

The Black Nurses Rock Foundation is proud to partner with the DAISY Community of Supportive Associations. We believe our partnership is a perfect fit to mutually support health equity initiatives including recognizing nurses around the world who deliver compassionate care to the most vulnerable communities. Traditionally, the DAISY award is given to nurses internally within […]

Become a BNRF Committee member!

The Black Nurses Rock Foundation is seeking candidates to serve a one-year term on a committee for the 2021-2022 term. You may nominate yourself or someone else using this form. Multiple nominations are permitted. BNRF Committee members work together to inspire and empower innovative leaders that will serve and educate vulnerable communities. Each committee will be comprised of a chair and at least 2 other members. 

View Online Nomination Form

The following committees are available to join:
  • Social Media Marketing Committee: The role of the Committee is to promote BNRF’s community, events, and resources while creating an engaging platform for members to engage in social media, virtual events, PR, and other marketing outlets. The committee will be comprised of a chair and at least 3 other members who will develop the social media calendar, strategic plan, and implementation. The committee will also provide moderation to posts, review comments, and manage group membership. Other volunteers may be enlisted to help create and implement content.
  • Event Planning Committee: The role of the Committee is to define the theme of the annual meeting, determine content for each session, and recruit speakers. In most cases, individual members of the committee will take responsibility for individual sessions by identifying panelists, serving as their contact, and working with them to develop the session. The Committee is also responsible for identifying and contacting potential sponsors and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Newsletter Committee: The role of the Committee is to gather and review members submissions to create a monthly newsletter for digital distribution. The committee will use an existing template to complete the graphic design and layout of the newsletter. The committee is also responsible for gather new stories, create ideas for articles, or create member polls for new topics.

Nominations are open for the 2021 BNRF Summer DAISY Awards!

Thank you to all our members that participated in the 2020 Inaugural BNRF DAISY Chapter Award earlier this year. With the success of that award, we are happy to announce that BNRF will now open nominations to the community as we recognize our individual nurses and their chapters.

View Online Nomination Form

About the award:
The 2021 BNRF DAISY Summer Awards recognizes the efforts of nurses and chapters for their continuous community services during the beginning of this year. Using a shared online form, both an individual nurse or a team/chapter can be nominated by the community.
How to qualify for the award: 
  • The nominee provided exceptional care and services to patients, families, and the communities.  
  • The nominee demonstrated exceptional efforts to serve underprivileged individuals effected by social determinants of life with a focus on health disparities throughout communities.  
  • The nominee has shown dedication, commitment, bravery, compassion, and selflessness.  
  • If a chapter, the nominee must be out of the probationary period. All chapter officers must be active members of BNR National and in good standing. 
How to nominate: 
Nominations are now open to the community and the award can be advertised during any community event. The same online form can be used to nominate either an individual or chapter. The link you can share is below:


QR Code Nomination Poster:

Chapters can also download and print out the nomination form below with a special QR code for online nominations.

Click here to download the poster.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from Nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary
Nurses, an evidenced-based means of providing Nurse recognition and thanking Nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 4,500 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants their new Health Equity Grant program. More information is available at

About Black Nurses Rock

The Black Nurses Rock Foundation is an organization with a focus to foster a positive environment of professional growth and development. They provide support and mentorship to nurses to elevate the profession and improve their communities. As the trusted voice for Black Nurses, they not only facilitate communication, but also act as a catalyst of change, bringing light and life to vital issues. Black Nurses Rock is the second national black nurse organization and represents over 174,000 African American nurses and students from the USA, Canada, Eastern Caribbean, Africa, Japan, and Germany.
More information available at