History of the Concerned Black Nurses of Central New Jersey

The vision of the future was establishment of the second chapter of NBNA in New Jersey. This vision was shared by representatives of the Newark Chapter, Bobbie Purdue, Jean Clark along with three other visionaries: Barbara Cure, Gloria Gibbons (Bivins), and Jean Marshall. Together they planned a special gathering and presented the history of the NBNA. The vision became reality early in November of 1984. The organization of Concerned Black Nurses of Central New Jersey was set forth.


The organization was incorporated in 1987.

CBNCNJ is a non-profit organization of professional nurses dedicated to improving the health status of all people particularly focusing on Black and minority populations.

CBNCNJ membership is open to and comprised of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing students located in the central region of New Jersey. CBNCNJ conducts health screenings and educational programs at health fairs, churches, senior centers, worksites and schools. CBNCNJ offers mentoring to nursing students.

CBNCNJ has awarded annual scholarships to nursing students since 1986. CBNCNJ holds executive board and general membership retreats for chapter development.

CBNCNJ has established networking affiliations on the National, Regional and Local level which includes: Brookdale Community College, Ocean County College, African American Family Festival, CWA, National Black Nurses Day on Capitol Hill, NJ Council of Black Nurses Association, National Black Institute and Conference, NJ State Nurses Association, Housing Authority, National Council of Negro Women, Concerned Citizens of Manitou Park; St. Matthews AME Church, New Hope Baptist Church, Meridian Partnerships in Health, American Cancer Society, Central Jersey Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, VNA of Central New Jersey, Lunch Break of Red Bank, Kimball Medical Center, Center for Kids and Family, and African American Heritage and Arts Festival.