About Us


The Cleveland Council of Black Nurses, Inc.

“Committed to Nursing and Health Care of the Black & Minority Communities” 

The Cleveland of Black Nurses, Inc (CCBN) was chartered as a chapter of the National Black Nurses Association in 1972 and was incorporated as a not –for- profit organization in the State of Ohio in 1981. Its members believe that the provision and enjoyment of optimal health is the birthright of every American. Although major health interest groups and governmental agencies believe this and act upon it, Black Americans, along with other minority groups in our society, are by design or neglect excluded from the means to achieve access to the health care that is available to the mainstream of America. As Black nurses, we have established a national organization to investigate, define, and determine what the health care needs of Black Americans are, and to implement change to make available to Black Americans and other minorities health care commensurate to that of the larger society. Black nurses have the understanding, knowledge, interest, concern, and experience to make a significant difference in the health status of the Black Community. CCBN has the following objectives:

1. Advocate for minority healthcare consumers and improve their  healthcare outcomes. 

2. Be an agent of change in restructuring existing institutions and/or helping to establish institutions to address unmet needs.

3. Serve as local nursing body to improve health care for the vulnerable populations and to collaborate  with other organizations with like minded goals. 

4. Conduct, analyze,and publish research to increase the body of knowledge about health needs of  minority populations.

5. Compile and maintain a local directory of Black nurses to assist with the dissemination of information regarding Black nurses and nursing on national and local levels by the use of all media.

6. Utilize standards and guidelines for quality education of Black nurses established by the NBNA by providing consultation to nursing faculties and monitoring for proper utilization and placement of Black nurses.

7. Recruit, mentor, and support minority persons interested in nursing to insure a constant progression of  diversity into the profession.

8. Provide education programs and toolkits for established minority nurses to increase their capacity in the profession.

9. Collaborate with other Black and minority groups to compile archives relevant to the historical, current, and future activities of Black and other minority nurses.

The History of Cleveland Council of Black Nurses