KC black nurses rock

Barbara J. Kinney (center), president of the Kansas City Chapter of Black Nurses Rock, receives the Innovative Chapter of the Year Award from the National Black Nurses Rock President (Right) Dr. Romeatrius Moss and Dr. Bruce Walker, (Left) BNR Vice-president.  

The Kansas City Chapter of Black Nurses Rock was recognized as the organization’s most innovative chapter at the 3rd Annual Black Nurses Rock Convention held Oct. 24-27 in San Antonio, TX.

The Kansas City Chapter, founded in 2016, is an active organization that holds informative workshops to help bridge the health disparity gap, collaborates with various local and national health organizations, mentors nursing students, and socializes together around much needed rest and relaxation. The organization provides a powerful forum for Black nurses to share their stories, insights, and opinions.

Some specific events sponsored by the group in their first two years, are a Mental Health in the Black Community Health Fair and Forum, Rock the Paint social gathering, and providing volunteer health support services at the American Heart Association’s KCCycle nation Event in downtown Kansas City.

On Dec. 1,6-10 p.m., the chapter will hold their first annual Nurses Ball, Scholarship and Awards Dinner, at the Delta Athenaeum, 900 E. Linwood Blvd, KCMO. At the ball, the organization will award nursing scholarships and present their inaugural Flame Lily Awards to Black nurses in the following three categories: Leadership, Compassionate Care, and Advancement of Nursing.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Romeatrius Moss, founder of Black Nurses Rock. Dr. Moss began Black Nurses Rock online in 2014, and it quickly became the largest online community where professional Black nurses could share, network, and develop together. Today, BNR’s Facebook page has more than 160,000 active members and more than 24,000 likes from the USA, Canada, Eastern Caribbean, Africa, Japan, and Germany.

With such an overwhelming response, Dr. Moss began to shift the online energy into physical chapters with the official launch as a non-profit in March 2015. Shortly after that, there was a national call for chapter development across the country. Today, the organization has 45 chapters, with 55,000 members, and has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to train future nurses.

If you’re interested in supporting the Kansas City Chapter’s efforts with your attendance at their Nurses Ball, tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased online at www.payit2.com/p/nursesball.

Interested in learning more about Kansas City Black Nurses, you can find them online at BNRkansascity.com. Membership in the organization is $100 per year for national membership and $35 per year for chapter dues.

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