In the academic school year of 1994, a group of concerned minority students met to discuss issues affecting minorities in the College of Nursing at the University of Delaware. The issues discussed in this meeting dealt with the lack of cultural sensitivity taught in the nursing curriculum at UD and the lack of recruitment of minority students into the nursing program.
As a result of this meeting, planning, and determination, the Black Nurses' Association became an official organization active on the University of Delaware campus the following year. The Black Nurses' Association was led by Belena Butler (BNA's 1st President), who focused on recruiting more minorities into the nursing program at UD.
In order to meet this goal, the C.A.R.E. (Cultural Advancement Recruitment and Enrichment) program was created. This program was a big success. Even though the C.A.R.E. program is the BNA's biggest project, we also participate in community services, programming on campus, and many more activities. Today the BNA is still active on campus taking its focus beyond recruitment and into community outreach, educating, and much more.
IN 2006 the name of the organization was changed to The Minority Nursing Students Organization (MNSO)