The good and bad experiences in life are not just for me to keep to myself, you have to use them along the way to help somebody else in their time of need.
-Dr. Jonanna Bryant
Dr. Jonanna Bryant is a nurse consultant for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and an adjunct professor for Immaculata University in the Philadelphia area. Her road to earning her doctorate started in 1991 and each step along the way she has been inspired to help others.
Whether through her work with the church or as part of her organization “Nursing with Dr J. Byant”, she works to mentor and aid others to become leaders both in nursing and their local communities.
“Being helpful to others was how we were raised,” said Jonanna. “It’s been a part of my life since I was a child.”
In 2015, Dr. Bryant was introduced to Black Nurses Rock. The non-profit works to foster a positive environment of professional growth and development while elevating their profession and improving local communities.
She was invited to the first National Black Nurses Rock board meeting and was selected to be their Director of Research and Development. She was later chosen to be the president of the local Philadelphia Chapter of Black Nurses Rock, coordinating area meet and greet events for nurses.
“Being an African American nurse, I didn’t meet or know very many nurses who were black and had a doctorate,” said Jonanna. “It’s a great organization because we are not just about talk, we are really interested in making a difference in the lives of people and that means a lot to me.”
Jonanna is also a licensed minister in her church, doing a variety of activities from preaching to working in the women’s ministry. If her slate wasn’t full enough she also serves on the board of directors for three other non-profits. In her spare time, she likes to relax and spend time with her husband Deland, who will be joining her on the cruise.