Nadene Dukes, clinical director of Community Initiatives at Texas Children’s, was recently honored with the administrative nurse of the year award by the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA).
“I am humbled to be recognized by the NBNA,” Dukes said. “The leader I am today is a result of the lessons I have learned from some truly remarkable, inspirational leaders and the teams I have been blessed to lead and serve.”
The National Black Nurses Association’s mission is to “represent and provide a forum for Black Nurses to advocate and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of health care for persons of color.” The organization represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the US, Eastern Caribbean and Africa with 90 chartered chapters in 35 states.
“NBNA is thrilled to recognize our nurse colleagues for their outstanding work within the profession of nursing and throughout the communities where they work and live,” said Reverend Dr. Deidre Walton, NBNA President. ”They are the exemplary professionals who demonstrate commitment, excellence and innovation; role models for all of us to follow.”
Dukes said her greatest achievements have been in mentorship and this award inspires her to continue those efforts.
“Throughout my nursing career, I have been driven by a desire to mentor and bring out the very best in others,” Dukes said. “I have witnessed countless employees, colleagues, and students maximize their potential and do extraordinary things. There is no greater reward.”
The awardees were honored at the NBNA Business Meeting from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on July 30, at the Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, during the 43rd NBNA Annual Institute and Conference, July 29 – August 2, 2015.