FCBNA, a Helping Hand to the North East Florida Medical Community.
FCBNA's mission is to improve the quality of health care for African Americans and other minority groups in Jacksonville, FL and the surrounding counties.
FCBNA's goals are to promote health, education and community awareness and be the vehicle of unification for Black nurses of varied age groups, educational levels and geographic locations within Duval, Clay, St John, Nassau and Baker counties to ensure the continuity and flow of our common heritage.
The First Coast Black Nurses Association (FCBNA)
The First Coast Black Nurses Association (FCBNA) was organized under the leadership of Dorothy Gaines Banks in February 2000. A group of concerned Black nurses responded to a call to start a local chapter of the National Black Nurses Association in Jacksonville, FL. Some nurses were from the Naval Hospital, Shands, St. Vincents and Baptist Hospitals. The first meeting was held on Feburary 24, 2000 at the Mandarin Library.
The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) officially chartered the First Coast Black Nurses Association chapter on August 18, 2000 at the national conference held in Washington, D.C.
The inaugural members who laid the groundwork for the local FCBNA chapter are:
Dorothy Gaines Banks