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The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Awards C.J. Marbley and Darnell Caldwell of New Orleans East Hospital

Aziza Landrum, Director of Marketing and Communications
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July 14th - The National Black Nurses Association’s 49th Annual Institute and Conference will be taking place virtually from August 4-8, 2021, where they will commemorate and celebrate their 50th Anniversary of Innovative Community Service, Practice, Education, and Research in Nursing. They will also recognize their 2021 awardees, two of whom hail from New Orleans East Hospital. Nurse Darnell Caldwell will be named “Staff Nurse of the Year”, and Mr. C.J. Marbley will be walking away with the “Administrator of the Year” award. “I am truly honored to receive this award on behalf of New Orleans East Hospital. During my time as Chief Nursing Officer at New Orleans East Hospital, I have strived to provide the leadership and direction needed for the nursing and patient care staff to ensure the highest quality experience possible for our patients.” said C.J. Marbley, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer of New Orleans East Hospital.

“I truly love my job, and the importance of what we do as nurses everyday has only increased during these times. This award is not only an honor to me, but to all nurses on staff at NOEH. We aim to fulfill New Orleans East Hospital’s mission to provide extraordinary healthcare and compassion to every patient we serve.”, said Darnell Caldwell, RN. The National Black Nurses Association represents 308,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students, and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 114 chartered chapters in 34 states.

NBNA’s mission is to represent and provide a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure persons of color are given the highest quality of healthcare. NBNA is also committed to excellence in education and collaborating with organizations that share the concern of improving the health status of all people, but especially African Americans and other minorities. For more information about these awards, please visit:

About New Orleans East Hospital

New Orleans East Hospital (NOEH), proud member of LCMC Health, is committed to providing extraordinary healthcare and educational empowerment to the community with courtesy, concern, kindness, and compassion. We look forward to building a healthier community and serving as an active partner in the revitalization of Eastern New Orleans. For more information on New Orleans East Hospital, visit