The National Association of Bariatric Nurses (NABN) was founded in 2004 out of a recognized need for improving the life and nursing care of those suffering from obesity. The organization’s primary mission is to advance the health and quality of life of individuals and families experiencing obesity. NABN continues to dedicate resources with the goal of increased knowledge and research focused at promoting quality healthcare of this underserved population.
The NABN has a rich history. Our headquarters is located at East Carolina University (ECU). Mary Ann Rose, EdD, the founding President of NABN and Emeritus Board Member, is based at ECU and chairs the Department of Graduate Nursing Science. Dr. Rose has a passion for nursing and for bariatric patient care. She remains involved in leading nursing research groups as well as the Bariatric Nursing Consortium.
Laurie McGinley has been a member of the NABN since 2006. She served on the Board of Directors and then transitioned to Vice President to President-Elect to President in 2008. She has seen the association grow throughout the years and said that she likes that it has retained its small, intimate feel. NABN are made up of mostly bariatric nurses, but invite other disciplines to join. McGinley said the NABN is valuable in that it offers networking opportunities and education.