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The Black Nurse Collaborative (BNC) is a 501(c)(3) founded by Meedie L. Bardonille with the purpose of bringing together nursing experts with varying skills and competencies who have a willingness to be intentional about building and sustaining a network(s) to be used for promoting professional growth, entrepreneurship and the common uplift and elevation of its members and communities.

The BNC aims to remove obstacles faced by Black nurses and create tangible support for its members to propel and excel in the nursing profession.

The BNC endeavors to:

  • Become a national leader recognized for developing and advancing black nurses through advocacy, public presentations, entrepreneurship, leadership and mentorship.


  • Demonstrate impact through quantifiable results of advancement and successes of Black nurses.


  • Through a collective voice, have presence and influence related to the nursing workforce (in any setting, i.e., academia, hospital, ambulatory/outpatient, school health et al) that will lead to the advancement of black nurses and nursing excellence.


  • Promote a culture of professional excellence and partnerships, leading to nursing improvements and innovation.


Communications Specialist

With us since our founding, Reese Whiteman is one of our veteran team members and has played a critical role in shaping our mission and projects. They bring their years of experience and skills in helping Black Nurse Collaborative grow and make a measurable impact.

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President of the Board

Jamie Lane joined Black Nurse Collaborative with the vision and drive to improve our Charitable Foundation and make our name synonymous with social change and human betterment. Jamie Lane has focused on developing the organization with great integrity.

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Director of Communications

A well-respected member of the Black Nurse Collaborative team, Drew Carlyle is one of our founding members and has played a vital role in shaping our vision and programs. They bring years of experience in making Black Nurse Collaborative a household name.

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