President's Message

  

The mission of ABNF, Inc. is “To form and maintain a group whereby Black professional nurses with similar credentials, interests and concerns may work to promote health-related issues and educational interests to benefit themselves and the Black community.”


Who would have fathomed this premise would be as relevant today as it was 31 years ago? Sadly, the reality is: many fronts have been invaded; many battles have been won; yet the revolution continues!!! A personal thank you is extended to my mentor, Dr. Sallie Tucker-Allen and the founding members.

My presidential platform for 2018-2020 is multi-fold: Membership; Mentoring; and Marketing.


Membership 

Our goal is not only recruit new students, advanced practice professionals, and faculty but to sustain current membership numbers with enhanced engagement. Beginning with the active membership recruitment date of November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019, the sole member who recruits 20 or more new members to ABNF, will have one night’s hotel stay paid at the 2019 ABNF conference; and the sole member who recruits 10 or more new members to ABNF during this time frame, will have 2019 membership dues to ABNF paid. Let’s get busy recruiting those new members!!!


Mentoring

At the 2018 conference, all first time attendees were paired with a faculty mentor. The goal is to afford all members a pairing option with seasoned faculty members. If interested in being paired with a mentor or if you would like to serve as a mentor, please send your name, email address, cell number, and research interest to afletcher@umc.edu. Remember to specify if you are seeking a mentor or if you are available to develop a strong mentor relationship with a new member!!!!


Marketing

I have charged our social media and communications committees to proceed with moving ABNF, Inc. to a 21st century model for social media and other communications and marketing. If you have media expertise and would like to serve with either of these committees please send your name, email address and cell number to afletcher@umc.edu.

I welcome your support and ideas as we move ABNF forward. Thanking you advance!!!


Audwin Fletcher, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN

President, ABNF, Inc. (2018-2020)