In 1945 we became the first African American registered nurses’ association and was formed in Jackson, MS known as the Colored Registered Nurses Club. Today we represent professional nurses within our state, nationally and internationally. We welcome all members and guest to explore our revised website.
With current changes in healthcare and nursing practice, it is of the upmost importance for nurses to stay informed and serve as advocates to our community, our patients. Nursing is one of the few professions with societal mandate. We do not get to decide if we will be engaged, we are required to do so from the day we recite the Nightingale Pledge.
“Making the Connection: A Treasured Past and Promising Future” is the theme for my two-year term. So Eliza, let’s make the connection! First, let’s connect with other nursing organizations to promote the full scope of practice for all levels of nursing. Next let’s connect with city councils, industrial businesses and civic organizations to serve as board members on non-nursing boards. Make the connection, by mentoring new graduate nurses during their first formative years in the profession. Remember someone mentored you, pay it forward!
Let’s make the connection by forming a strong network of African American advanced practice nurses. There is strength in numbers, advance practice nurses should provide adequate primary care to our rural communities. A familiar face may be the driving force to the promotion of healthy living in our state that leads in heart disease, obesity, and diabetes—to name a few.
Let us never forget where we started and retain the rich history of this organization. Our founding members met regularly in each member’s homes. Many of the challenges our founding members faced as nurses we continue to face today. Our namesake, Eliza Pillars with her sister’s assistance, started her own hospital to provide nursing care for her segregated southern community. Over the next two years, I look forward to working with Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi Board of Directors, members, partners, and sponsors in Making the Connection!