Meet Carthenia Jefferson


Carthenia W. Jefferson, RN, Esq. is an attorney, legal consultant, nephrology nurse expert, medical chart reviewer and a speaker.

Her educational background includes: a BSN from UAB School of Nursing, RN since 1985, JD from Birmingham School of Law and License to practice Law in the State of Alabama since 2004.

She has spoken nationally and locally on topics such as: “Nursing and the Law”, “End of Life Issues”, “Breast Cancer Awareness”, “Domestic Violence”, and “The Affordable Care Act”.  She received the 2016 Lillian Holland Harvey Award from the Alabama State Nurses Association, 2013 Lillian B. Smith and Leadership Award from the Alabama State Nurses Association, 2010 Nurse Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the National Black Nurses Association, and the 2010 Outstanding New Member Award from the Alabama State Nurses Association.

Carthenia is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the National Black Nurses Association Bylaws and Violence Reduction Initiative Committees, Alabama State Nurses Association Board as Vice President and Birmingham Black Nurses Association Board as Parliamentarian, Health Policy Representative, Board Attorney and Legal Advisor.

Attorney Jefferson is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Bar Foundation-Fellow (
  • Alabama Lawyers Association–Past President, Law Student Liaison (
  • National Bar Association-Women Law Section, Former member Board of Governors (
  • American Bar-Health Care Law Section (
  • Alabama State Bar-Family Law Section (
  • Birmingham Bar-Criminal Law Section (
  • Magic City Bar Association (
  • Birmingham Black Nurses Association-Parliamentarian, Board Attorney and Legal Advisor (
  • Alabama State Nurses Association–Vice President (org)
  • National Black Nurses Association–Bylaws and Violence Reduction Initiative Committee (
  • American Nurses Association (
  • American Nephrology Nurses Association (
  • Hazel Taylor Chapter Nephrology Nurses Association – Past Health Policy Representative (

Carthenia is dedicated to working with the Spirit of Luke: A Promise to Help Foundation. This foundation is a mission ministry that provides medical and nursing services, food, clothing and spiritual services to the impoverish Black Belt Counties. The Spirit of Luke was founded by Dr. Sandra Ford and her husband Rev. Henry Ford.

Carthenia along with some nursing colleagues have written grants for the Birmingham Black Nurses Association and receive funding from Susan G. Komen for the Cure “Komen” to teach breast cancer awareness education in Jefferson County and the Black Belt Counties.

Carthenia is the proud mother of one son, Lawrence Jefferson Jr. and an active member of her church.

Her motto is: “If I can help somebody as I travel along then my living will not be in vain