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The Jamaica Nurses' Association of Florida, Inc. (JNAF) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.

The Jamaica Nurses' Association of Florida, Inc. (JNAF) was founded in December 1983. It was originally formed to assist Jamaican nurses in the transition process of practicing in the United States. The founding members led by Mrs. Joyce Harris-Wright, thought it necessary to unselfishly address the need for volunteerism and support for the advancement of educational opportunities. This concept has been maintained by succeeding presidents and members.

In 2004, the requirements for 501(c)(3), non-profit status were met and the association opened its membership to all interested individuals who identified with the mission and philosophy. JNAF welcomes members from all disciplines. This diversity in membership has resulted in "opening new doors" and fostering professional development on many levels directly related to individual membership involvement in the welfare and advancement of the organization.

JNAF has been recognized over the years by various entities for involvement in local, national, and global levels of education and community service. JNAF collaborates with other organizations including The International Nurses Association of America, Inc., Indian Nurses Association of Florida, Haitian American Nurses Association, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Black Nurses Association, Philippine Nurses Association of South Florida, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, Jamaica Diaspora Foundation, Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations who are committed to service excellence, compassionate need for others and cultural diversity awareness.

JNAF collaborates with other organizations in the community to promote health and wellness through education and community health fairs. JNAF provides continuing educational seminars for health care providers and health promotion education seminars for the community members. JNAF members have participated in and donated to the following:

• Barbara Gordon Leukemia Walk
• Sickle Cell Foundation-Dade Chapter Walk-A-Thon
• Walk a Mile with a Child
• Health Mission Sponsorship
• Diabetes Foundation/ Walk-A-Thon/Rhythms of Africa
• Food for the Poor Educational Seminars