Nurse Entrepreneur Vendor Fair and Panel

Join Black Nurses Rock as we kick off our 3rd annual convention with a Business Vendor Fair and Panel to highlight nurse entrepreneurs! You must be a paid member in good standing with a paid convention registration to qualify.
Limited space available

Capt James Dickens Confirmed As Keynote Speaker – October 26th

Captain (Capt) James LaVelle Dickens


He serves in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Office, Office of the Secretary, Region VI Dallas, TX as the Senior Program Manager for the Office of Minority Health. He is an experienced Registered Nurse and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over thirty years of federal healthcare experience. CAPT Dickens’ clinical experience includes Orthopedics, Emergency Department, Surgical Services, Long-Term Care, and the Primary Care setting.

CAPT Dickens is a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service whose mission is to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of the Nation. He was selected to participate as aclinical team member for the Afghanistan Health Initiative (AHI) in Kabul, Afghanistan. The mission of the AHI was to improve quality of care, and maternal and infant mortality rates at Rabia Balkhi Women’s Hospital in Kabul. CAPT Dickens served as a technical advisor as a member of a Commissioned Corps hospital assistance team in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
  • Master Science Nursing, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Hampton University, Hampton, VA
  • Bachelor Science Nursing, Hampton University, Hampton, VA


  • Meritorious Service Medal (second highest honor award in the USPHS)
  • Outstanding Service Medal
  • Commendation Medal
  • Hazardous Duty Medal
  • Foreign Duty Medal
  • Special Assignment Award
  • Field Medical Readiness Badge
  • Fellow-American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Join other 2018 Convention Attendees at the Spurs Outing (Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers) on Wednesday, October 24th!

Game Time: 7:30 pm

Location: AT&T Center

Ride Share available

Register for the 2018 Annual Convention!

The Black Nurses Rock organization invites you to the 2018 Black Nurses Rock Annual Convention and Expo, October 24 – October 27th at Omni Hotel at the Colonnade in San Antonio, Texas. This unique event will offer you the opportunity to meet and network with licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, CRNAs, military nurses, retired nurses, and nursing students.

Black Nurses Rock is the largest minority nursing association in the country, representing over 174,000 African American nurses and students from the USA, Canada, Eastern Caribbean, Africa, Japan, and Germany. Our annual convention provides a powerful forum for Black Nurses to share their stories, insights and opinions. As the trusted voice for Black Nurses, we not only facilitate communication, but also act as a catalyst of change, bringing light and life to vital issues.

Hotel Accomodations

You can make your hotel reservation by calling Omni Reservations at 1-800-THE-OMNI and referring to Black Nurses Rock 2018 Annual Convention. As a reminder, the last day to book your room at the current rate is Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

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Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

The Black Nurses Rock network provides for a variety of advertising options. When you partner with Black Nurses Rock, you will reach over 174,000 professional black nurses, nursing students, health care leaders, and government officials with your company’s message.

To reserve exhibit space for 2018 Black Nurses Rock Annual Expo, please download the Exhibitor Prospectus below and return the enclosed contract. It also contains detailed information on a variety of sponsorship opportunities.

We look forward to working with you to make the Expo a rewarding experience for Black Nurses Rock and its exhibitors. If you have any questions, please call Black Nurses Rock at 844-267-7665. Let us know what we can do to make this a successful opportunity for you!