Eric J. Williams, Ph.D., past president of the Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles, was sworn in as first vice president of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) in Orlando, Fla. The installation was held during the closing session of the NBNA 40th Annual Conference and Institute on July 29.

“Being elected as first vice president of an organization that represents over 150,000 African American nurses allows me an opportunity to strengthen the infrastructure and build the capacities to increase the number of minority nurses in the pipeline locally and nationally,” Williams said. “I am excited to represent nurses by advocating for patients who are often uninsured, underinsured and underrepresented.”

Williams has been actively involved with the Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles, since 2001 and is a professor of nursing at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica. He first became a member of the national association as a student nurse. Now he mentors nursing students from diverse backgrounds regarding professional identity and being a member of the nursing profession.

“I will utilize this new opportunity to support the mission and purpose of the National Black Nurses Association,” Williams said.
“Dr. Williams is dedicated to the elimination of healthcare disparities and has made a significant difference in underserved communities over the years through countless hours of volunteerism and health promotion teaching,” said Joyce Spalding, president of the Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles.

The mission of the Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles is to provide a forum for nurses to decrease healthcare disparities of African Americans and the underserved community through advocacy, education and health promotion.
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