A Message From Our President

President – Email
Ellen G. Durant, MS, RN

Fourteenth President of the Chicago Chapter
National Black Nurses Association

Greetings! Thank you for visiting the website of the Chicago Chapter National Black Nurses’ Association (CCNBNA).

We are the local Chicago affiliate of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), and one of more than ninety (90) local NBNA chapters nationwide. Our membership is comprised of African-American nurses in practice areas across the full nursing spectrum, and includes registered nurses, licensed practical/vocational nurses and advanced practitioner nurses, student nurses and retired nurses, as well.

We are dedicated to the ideals of excellence in nursing services and giving back to our communities. To these ends, we are committed to the promotion of evidenced based nursing practices and the elimination of health care disparities in the Black community and broadly throughout society. In these regards, we engage in advocacy, community health education and volunteer service activities aimed, respectively, at our legislative and regulatory bodies of government, the public at large and under served populations, generally, throughout the Chicago-land area. Additionally, we provide scholarships, mentoring and other supportive resources for nursing students and new members from disadvantaged groups. We are actively engaged in our communities and regularly present health education and health care screenings and fairs in collaboration with neighborhood groups and organizations, as well as large-scale medical/health care facilities and health care related government agencies.

We trust that your visit will give you greater insight into our organization, leave you better informed of our involvements, and inspire you to join in, by becoming a member or supporter. We welcome your feedback and invite you to attend and participate in our monthly general membership meetings and our regularly scheduled special events.

We appreciate your interest and support!

Ellen G. Durant, MS, RN

Fourteenth President of the Chicago Chapter
National Black Nurses Association

Message from the Vice President for the New Year

Vice President – Email
Ethel L Walton

Fourteenth Vice President of the Chicago Chapter

Dear Constituents and Supporters of CCNBNA:

This year is a new opportunity and new beginning for everyone to move forward and start fresh with ideas, new habits and changing our old ways.

Our organization has some new areas to focus on as well as some items to continue moving towards. Curtailing gun violence will continue to be a focus for the CCNBNA as well as the NBNA. Gun Violence in the community is a national epidemic and we cant stop until the streets are safer for our kids, seniors and entire neighborhoods

  Concerns regarding quality health care for everyone  and affordable insurance that can be accessed by all( rich and poor) will continue to be a focal point for this organization. CCNBNA will continue to represent the under served and under represented minorities in the city. We will also continue to mentor new nurses and future nurses by holding sessions for exam taking such as NCLEX, and health fairs.

We look forward to being an example of integrity,  vision , mission, and outreach in the community. We can achieve great things when we work together for a common goal and in conjunction with other community organizations

We can and We shall !

Ethel L Walton
Vice President




Ellen Durant

Vice President

Vice President

Ethel Walton, RN

Immediate Past President

Immediate Past President

Dr. Daisy Harmon-Allen, PhD, BSN, MHA, MHRD, M.Ed.,CPN, LNC



Rev. Evelyn Collier-Dixon, RN

Corresponding Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Delores Baker, RN

Financial Secretary

Financial Secretary

Toni Oates

2nd Vice President

2nd Vice President

Charellise Coleman, Student Nurse


  • MEMBERSHIP | Dr. Sandra Webb-Booker
  • WAYS AND MEANS | Vanessa Willes
  • SCHOLARSHIP | Dr. Ruby Reese
  • BEREAVEMENT | Judy Powell
  • HOSPITALITY | Marilyn Richardson
  • PUBLICITY | Carolyn Owens / TV program Host- Bernetta Pearson/ Rev. Evelyn Collier- Dixon


 The Chicago Chapter National Black Nurses’ Association evolved out of a desire by 6 Black nurses to establish an organization, to which Black nurses could, in an atmosphere of comradeship and sisterhood, implement strategies to effect change in the delivery of health care to minorities and provide a vehicle by which Black nurses could improve their competence.

On September 29, 1973, the first formal meeting of the Chicago Chapter National Black Nurses Association was called by the 6 founders, Christine Leak, Kim Lindsey, Francis Ballard, Mary Allen, Mary McCune and Mary Gathing. Nurses Unlimited, an already established organization of Black nurses recognizing the possibilities of a National Organization, eventually merged with the Chicago Chapter National Black Nurses’ Association.

CCNBNA’s mission is to provide a forum for collective action by nurses to investigate, define and advocate for the health care needs of African Americans and to implement strategies that ensure access to health care equal to, or above health care standards of the larger society.


  Provision for the enjoyment of optimal health is the birthright of every American. Yet Black Americans, along with other minority groups in our society, are by design neglected and excluded from the means to achieve access to the health of mainstream of America. CCNBNA is committed to improving the quality of life of persons who share the African American heritage and other ethnic groups by:

  • Building consumer knowledge and understanding of health issues.
  • Educating and mentoring registered and licensed practical nurses, student nurses and retired nurses.
  • Facilitating the professional development and career advancement of nurses in emerging healthcare systems.
  • Serve as the national body to influence legislation and policies that affect Black People;
  • and work cooperatively and collectively with other health workers to this end.
  • Promoting economic development of nurses through entrepreneurial and other business initiatives.
  • Recruit, counsel and assist Black persons interested in nursing to insure a constant procession of Blacks into the field.
  • Conduct, analyze, and publish the body of knowledge about health needs of Blacks.
  • Collaborate with other Black organizations to compile archives relevant to historical, current and future activities of Black Nurses. (This clause was amended to the CCNBNA mission statement July, 2001)

CCNBNA’s mission is to ensure that optimal health is a right. Therefore, CCNBNA will identify, investigate, and educate society regarding emerging healthcare issues of the black community and other undeserved ethnic communities.

Chicago Chapter National Black Nurses Association Inc.

P.O. Box 4612  Chicago Illinois 60680  |  Phone: 773-792-7222 
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