From a "Gem of an Idea" to Reality

Reducing healthcare disparities among minority communities by contributing to the global scholarly discourse.


Kathleen Parker


The Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc. (ABNF) welcomes you back from a summer; hopefully, of rest, restoration, and relaxation! The mission of ABNF to promote and widely disseminate the research and other scholarly works of the minority nurse academician that remain relevant. We had an awesome 35th Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference at the beautiful Nassau Bahama’s Atlantis Paradise Resort on June 9-12, 2022. As we gained the most recent evidence and research on “Advancing Health Equity in Ethnically Diverse Populations through Practice, Research, Education, and Policy (PREP)”, we were able to make new connections; strengthen the current ones; and reconnect with others.

Remembering Gloria J. McNeal

Dr. Gloria J. McNeal, revered as a leader in nursing education and healthcare innovation, left an indelible mark on the field during her tenure as Dean of the School of Health and Human Services at National University. With a career distinguished by a commitment to advancing nursing practice, she secured over $12 million in extramural funding and led transformative Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) initiatives totaling $2.5 million. Dr. McNeal's pioneering research in telehealth and remote patient monitoring revolutionized critical care nursing, extending the reach of clinical practice beyond traditional settings and empowering nurses to provide enhanced patient care.

Her scholarly impact was profound, evidenced by over 120 publications and her role as an Editor of The ABNF Journal, advocating for diversity and excellence in nursing. Dr. McNeal's influence also extended to healthcare policy through her leadership on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Executive Committee, driving implementation of the Institute of Medicine's recommendations on The Future of Nursing. A decorated veteran of the US Navy Nurse Corps and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she was celebrated for her dedication to excellence and innovation, leaving a lasting legacy that continues to inspire in the nursing community and beyond. Her contributions shaped the landscape of nursing practice and education, inspiring future generations to strive for excellence and impact.

The Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc. is proud to showcase its members who are on the move! Our members are dedicated nurses and faculty members who strive for excellence in their fields. From making advancements in nursing research to training the next generation of nurses globally, our members are trailblazers leading the way. We’re honored to work with such passionate and energetic individuals who are changing the face of nursing. Join us as we celebrate our incredible members and all they do for our profession! Congratulations to the movers and shakers within ABNF!

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