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Published on November 26th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Columbia Area Black Nurses Assoc. Scholarship Brunch

Pictured Columbia Area Black Nurses Association Inc. (CABNA) members.

CABNA Scholarship Recipients Kevin Tandy and Chandler Boston

Recently, Columbia Area Black Nurses Association hosted their Inaugural Scholarship Brunch at Eau Clair Printing Building.  The keynote speaker for the scholarship brunch was Ms. Lola Jefferson, 1st Vice President of the National Black Nurses Association. The association was driven by the Scholarship and Education pillar of CABNAs motto, to pour into Columbia for future nurses. CABNA was blessed to provide two $500 scholarships to student nurses to assist in their journey to become registered nurses. Chandler Boston, a senior student at the University of South Carolina and Kevin Tandy a student at Midlands Technical College, were the two awarded recipients of the CABNA nursing scholarships.  Both students were also awarded paid membership fees for 2019 to become members of the Columbia Area Black Nurses Association.

Columbia Area Black Nurses Association acknowledged two pioneer nurses within the Columbia community totaling over 90 years of nursing service: Chris Patterson and Frances Ashe-Goins.  Both nurses have worked and volunteered in the Columbia area to include additional work and service outside of Columbia to assist with health disparities.  CABNA also honored the Columbia Hospital of Nursing Alumnae Association (CHSNAA) for their service to the nursing profession throughout and around Columbia.

Lola Jefferson Keynote Speaker and CABNA President Whakeela James

Columbia Area Black Nurses Association Inc. (CABNA), a 501(c)3 non-profit association and the first chartered nursing association in Columbia, continues to shine in the community.  The association is composed of student nurses, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and retired nurses.  CABNA was chartered on August 2, 2018 at the National Black Nurses Association 46th Annual Conference. The association’s motto is “We nurses are as good as our M.A.S.E.S (Mentorship, Advocacy, Service, Education, and Scholarship).”  CABNA utilizes the motto as a driving tool to navigate the services provided by its members.

Columbia Area Black Nurses Association continues to recruit new members. If you are interested in joining, please visit If you are looking for speakers and volunteers for health summits, fairs, or conferences, please reach out to 803-594-3200 or



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