Southern University professor named 'trailblazer' by national nursing organization

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A nursing professor at Southern University has been honored by a national nursing organization.

The National Black Nurses Association has named Cheryl Taylor a "trailblazer" for her work at the school.

Taylor is the chair of Southern University's graduate nursing programs. She is one of five nurses nationally to be recognized by the organization. She is also the second nurse from Louisiana to receive the honor.

"All of the recipients chosen are stellar nurse leaders in their respective fields," said Eric J. Williams, president of the NBNA.  "I am honoring and recognizing these nurses for their extraordinary contributions in academia, research, practice and administration."

Taylor is currently the Jewell L. and James Prestage Endowed Professor at Southern University's College of Nursing and Allied Health. She was selected as an ambassador for the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2017.

Taylor has served on various boards and committees for statewide and national organizations, including the American Academy of Nursing, National League for Nursing, and National Student Nurses Association Inc.

She is also a member of the Louisiana Action Coalition Diversity Steering Committee and a gubernatorial appointee to the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services Institutional Review Board.

Taylor and her fellow honorees will be presented with awards on Aug. 4 at the National Black Nurses Association's 46th Annual Institute and Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

According to a news release, the NBNA mission is "to serve as the voice for Black nurses and diverse populations ensuring equal access to professional development, promoting educational opportunities and improving health."

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