Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Answering the Call to Seek Greatness

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Answering the Call to Seek Greatness

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It is with immense pride, excitement and humility that I greet you. I am proud to have the opportunity to serve and I am energized by the potential that this position and this organization offer to nurture, encourage and develop leaders in nursing education. My humility comes from my respect for the previous leaders of ABNF.

My most admired leader and mentor is Dr. Sallie TuckerAllen, the founder of ABNF. I first met Dr. Tucker- Allen in 1988. She was recruiting African American nursing faculty members to join ABNF. She was farsighted in her vision and has been a transformational leader. The outcomes of her body of work are reflected in schools of nursing, the healthcare area, and nursing research. Because of Dr. Tucker- Allen, there has been a significant increase in the number of African American nurse faculty with tenure in both predominately white institutions, with positions in higher education administration, and faculty members engaged in research focused on the biological and behavioral aspects of health problems confronting the most vulnerable populations in our global community.

I am surrounded by a dedicated Executive Board that includes Dr. P. Renee Williams, Dr. Gwen Simmons, Dr. Diana Jones, Dr. Rosie Calvin, Dr. Barbara Broome, Dr. Bobbie Perdue, Dr. Margaret Beard, Ms. Barbara Washington, Dr. Gloria McNeal, Dr. Alice Hill, Ms. Pamela Brandy-Webb, Dr. Lucille Coleman, Dr. Frances Jackson, Dr. Marge Fonza, Dr. Voncella McCleary- Jones, Dr. Patsy Smith, Ms. Kimetha Broussard, Dr. Bess Stewart and Dr. Sallie Tucker-Allen. We represent a diversity of backgrounds and talents. I am very enthusiastic about the quality and potential of this team to develop and promote the growth of ABNF. …

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