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New England Black Nurses Association Honors Simmons College Instructor and Graduate with Excellence Awards

BOSTON (February 15, 2011) — Two members of the Simmons College nursing community recently received awards from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA).

LaDonna Christian, a Simmons School of Nursing and Health Science Nursing instructor and director of the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program received an award for Excellence in Nursing Education/Teaching. Sasha Dubois, who graduated from Simmons in 2008 and works at Brigham and Women's Hospital, received the Excellence in Nursing Practice award. Christian and Dubois were honored Feb. 11, at a dinner at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston.

The Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program annually offers 10 to 40 nursing students — many of whom are from underrepresented groups in nursing or disadvantaged backgrounds — academic support, networking and mentoring from Simmons nursing faculty, as well as a cadre of well-respected nursing leaders who serve as mentors.

NERBNA is a part of the national effort to unify, educate and increase the number of African American Nurses in this country. NERBNA is dedicated to investigating, defining and determining the health care needs of African Americans throughout New England. NERBNA is committed to implementing the necessary changes to insure that optimum health care is available to African Americans and other underserved communities.

The Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences, is a nationally recognized school that includes four graduate programs: nursing (advanced primary care), nutrition and health promotion, and physical therapy. Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.

(Photo: LaDonna Christian (left), Judy Beal, interim dean of Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Sacha DuBois '08)