This year, our theme is Legends in the Making – and we’re thrilled to shine a spotlight on living legend nurse leaders who are shaping their industry for the better. These leaders not only kick doors down for themselves, but hold the door open for others to come in behind them. While they may be the first Black nurse in many of their positions, they strive to ensure they are not the last.
What a great way to start off this series with Dr. Tonya Moore (@timelesstonya), PhD, RN, and a pioneer in the field of nursing. After a remarkable 25 years at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, she became the first nurse and Black leader elected to Shelter Mutual Insurance Company’s Board of Directors. And in 2019, the Mississippi Nurses’ Association 108th House of Delegates elected Dr. Moore to serve as President of the Board of Directors – making her the first Black nurse in this role.
Dr. Moore now leads a leadership coaching and consulting firm while also serving as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, where she continues to shape our future nursing leaders. Today, we’ll hear about her remarkable career, and the path that brought her here – and her advice for up-and-coming Black nurse leaders.
The National Black Nurses Association is fortunate to have great nursing leaders among its leadership in a variety of areas. The summary below is just an example of the signature programs and activities that draw African American nurses to NBNA. These programs help NBNA members grow stronger as they seek to provide culturally competent health care services in our communities.
The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) was organized in 1971 under the leadership of Dr. Lauranne Sams, former Dean and Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.