SU nursing professor receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Sandra Brown, professor, Southern University College of Nursing and Allied Health, was bestowed the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Acadiana Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). The award was presented to Brown earlier this month in conjunction with the annual President’s Scholarship Gala held at the Ramada Inn Convention Center in Lafayette.

“This lifetime achievement award is very special to me because it represents the heritage and legacy of so many African-American nurses whose shoulders I stand on to promote equality in healthcare for the human race,” said Brown.

The award honors a nurse exemplifying lifelong leadership involvement in nursing in various capacities, and it is given to an individual who has displayed outstanding and exemplary services to the community and to the profession of nursing.

Brown has received numerous awards and honors, including being a newly inducted fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, is also a fellow of the National League for Nursing (NLN), Academy of Nursing Education. In addition to her certification as an academic nurse educator through the NLN, Dr. Brown holds national certification through the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center as a family nurse practitioner.  

The National Black Nurses Association, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1971 and today represents more than 200,000 registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students, and retired nurses. Members are from the United States, Eastern Caribbean, and Africa, with 94 chartered chapters. The mission of NBNA is to represent and provide a forum for Black nurses to advocate and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color.