Carter Todd and Sherena Edinboro, graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received 40 and Under Awards from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). The master’s-degree leadership students, who also work as nurses at UC Davis Health, were among 19 black recipients at the 46th Annual NBNA Institute and Conference in St. Louis July 31-Aug.5.
“We are delighted to showcase rising stars within the NBNA membership who are showing promise in their careers,” said Eric J. Williams, NBNA president.
Edinboro serves as a clinical nurse in the UC Davis Medical Center emergency department. Todd is a pediatric intensive care nurse at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Both are in the second-and-final year of the full-time, professional degree program that prepares graduates for health care leadership roles in a variety of organizations and as nurse faculty at the community-college level. Graduates exercise leadership through scientific thinking, initiative, cultural inclusiveness, teamwork and a commitment to healthy communities.
“When I began my journey as a nurse, I never dreamed I could contribute past the bedside. Now, I’m a nurse, a mentor and a leader in my community,” Edinboro explained. “I hope to leverage this honor by illustrating to younger African Americans they should choose nursing as a career. I hope to mentor and guide them in seeing what health care has to offer.”
“Coming from a background like mine gives legitimacy to the younger African-American men that I mentor that being able to refocus energy into serving others will ultimately take you wherever you want to go,” Todd added. “The award does a lot to signify how critical the role of nurse is in not just the clinical setting, but also within the communities with which we serve.”
Todd currently conducts research in three Sacramento barbershops with the aim of increasing African-American men in nursing. Edinboro volunteers to establish the Sacramento County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, where she works to make the region a CEDAW city: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Faculty say these awardees represent the leadership innovation and drive fostered at the School of Nursing.
“As our country and health care system continue to struggle with health disparities it is essential that we have representative nursing leaders who are at the table to contribute to conversations about resource allocation, policy design and nursing education,” said Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, an assistant clinical professor who also serves as a national consultant and speaker on strategies to help underserved and under-represented groups in health professions thrive academically. “We seek talented students, develop their leadership skills and facilitate opening many doors of opportunities for them. I have no doubt that Sherena and Carter will make big impact in their careers and nurture future generations of nursing leaders.”
Through its curriculum and research, the School of Nursing is committed to leadership development and cultural inclusiveness in partnership with the communities it serves. That vision complements the mission of the NBNA to serve as the voice for black nurses and diverse populations ensuring equal access to professional development, promoting educational opportunities and improving health.
“The faculty at Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing have had a vested interest in seeing me develop not only professionally, but also as a quality human being,” Todd said. “Never before have I felt so supported and motivated.”
For more information on the School of Nursing and its programs, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu.