FCBNA, a Helping Hand to the North East Florida Medical Community.

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Our Mission

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.

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Our Goals

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)

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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

Wanda Richards

Lisa Martin

Moise Willis

Charlie Baker

Ray Brannon

Michelle Grant

Vathrice Hartwell

Gial Kemp

Addie Jordan

Sophie Lawrence

Lashawn McCarty

Jessica Sanford

Romonia Stevens

Jacquelyn Lee

Janneice Moore

Juanita Harper

Joel Parker

Christianna Wilkderson

Agnes Bradley-Wright

Laci Holms

Deidre Robinson

Dana Lawrence

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