In 1971 Christine Miller
invited twenty Black nurses (RNís & LPNís) to her home for the
purposes of getting to know them, to see how many were in the area,
and to exchange ideas and experiences.
From this meeting, it was found that Black Nurses had few major
leadership roles in the Tacoma hospitals, lacked a sense of power
and cohesiveness and that their efforts were minimal due to a lack
of integration of activities.
With this information, it was decided that a professional
organization of nurses would help to address these problems. Under
her leadership, the Ebony Nurses Association of Tacoma was
established. It is an organization of Black nurses (RNís, LPNís, and
student nurses). The principal purposes of this organization were
- Influence changes in existing
conditions of the Black Community in relationship to patient
- Promote recruitment of Black
nurses into leadership roles in the Tacoma hospitals and health
- Provide scholarship support
to students who desire to pursue studies leading to careers in
- Provide information and
support to one another to facilitate personal advancement.