Nine University of the Virgin Islands students and alumni attended the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Institute and Conference in Toronto, Canada, from Aug. 2 through 6. Each has been involved with data collection for studies being conducted on health disparities by the Division of Nursing Education’s Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center (CERC). Their attendance was sponsored by the CERC. The conference gave participants the opportunity to network with nurse researchers, nurse theorists and nursing students. They were able to learn what nurses from across the nation and Canada are focusing on while meeting the health care challenges of the people they serve. The participants also attended workshops where CERC faculty and mentors presented papers on studies to which they contributed.
UVI's NBNA participants, shown, from left, are Melanie Ruiz, Natasha Caines, Dionne Williams, RN (alumna), Casandra Scotland-Brooks, RN (alumna), Assistant Professor Suzette Lettsome, MSN, RN, Shenelle Pogson, Nishel Lawrence, Lois Browne and Shenell Joshua.