To serve DNPs of Color through networking, mentorship and advocacy to increase diversity in doctoral studies, clinical practice and leadership.
To inspire, empower, and transform the landscape of nursing by increasing diversity in doctoral nursing practice.
- To create opportunities for engagement in academia, research and clinical practice.
- To advocate for educational support for DNPs of Color.
- To serve as mentors and guide nurses of color to pursue doctor of nursing practice studies.
The group is needed because students of color, especially Blacks or African-Americans, often feel disconnected from their peers. I know as a nurse anesthetist, the journey through school and often in my daily professional life can feel lonely. This group will allow DOCs to network and share experiences with those to whom they can relate. Furthermore, there is an imbalance between the number of minorities in the U.S. versus the number represented in doctoral education. This group could help change that.”
Board of Directors
Dr. Danielle McCamey
DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, FCCP
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, 2017
FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, CEO
“DOCs creates a much-needed space for support, encouragement and inspiration for nurses of color. I’m proud to be part of this movement that will impact our profession, but mostly influence positive outcomes for our patients and families.”
Dr. Selena Gilles
DNP, ANP-BC, CNEcl, FNYAM
MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY, 2014
Dr. LaDonna Brown
VANDERBUILT UNIVERSITY, 2019
“DNPs of Color is unique because it is the only organization dedicated to underrepresented clinical nurse doctorates. As a result, DOCs are not only blazing the trail but also leading the charge to significantly impact healthcare by advancing research, improving healthcare delivery, educating the next generation of nurses, and advocating for policy change. Together we will continue to promote health equity and improve the health outcomes of minority patients.”
Dr. Mimi Guiracocha
RUSH UNIVERSITY, 2021
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, 2023
“DOC allows nursing professionals at all levels to engage in authentic and meaningful exploration of many issues facing our healthcare system. Through strengthening our connection to students everywhere, we are in a position to inspire and empower them to step into leadership roles early in their careers as DNPs.”
Dr. Dwayne Alleyne
DNP, APRN, ACNP-C
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 2020
“DOCS is a revolutionary organization that promotes excellence in nursing by encouraging minority nurses to reach their highest potential. I am honored to serve on the board of directors in order to sustain this movement.”
Dr. Marshall H. Blue Sr.
DNP, MSN, RNC-NIC, CNL, PHN
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO, 2019
“DOCs brings a much needed focus for all professionals of color who have attained their terminal degree in nursing practice. The organization promotes and elevates its members through meaningful interactions of mentorship, professional development, and strategic planning of the disenfranchised workforce of color. DOCs core values and mission completely align with my own and I look forward to what we will achieve in the future.“
Dr. Janice Linton
DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, CCRN-K, ACHPN
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA, 2016
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCE, 2023
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, 2022
“DOC creates a space that inspires nurses of color to attain to their highest form of service by accentuating their presence in the profession, and open doors to bring others along with the goal of improving the trajectory of health outcomes for the underserved.”
ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY, 2018
“Serving my people is built within me. It is my desire that everyone sees me and understands that I am here and married to the vision and not just the seat. To walk in my purpose is to simply serve you at my best and help you find your vision so that you can be married too.”