To celebrate our nole nurses during National Nurses Month. Several nurses were featured in a video presentation. Council Chair, Loretta Jackson Brown (BSN ’87) was a featured presenter during an FSU Alumni Association Webinar Wednesday series. During her session, Accessing Trusted, Credible Health Information in a Crisis, she discussed the contributions of nole nurses, provided a message of encouragement for FSUCON 2020 graduates, and offered tips for maintaining mental wellness during a crisis.
Loretta Jackson Brown (‘87), PhD, RN, CNN
I am proud to be an FSU nurse graduate. I took the training, tools, and toughness that I gained from FSU and worked to live my best nurse life with each patient interaction, during each colleague conversation, and in each act of advocacy to policymakers. I am a nurse leader and I recognize my responsibility with creating opportunities for future nurses to awaken the leader in themselves. My story as an Air Force nurse, a public health nurse, and a member of a hospital board of directors provides me with a unique perspective that would be an asset to the FSUCON Alumni Networking Group. I describe FSU as the full experience in higher education. Most people are familiar with FSU football, I help them appreciate how well FSU develops its students through diverse, rich, and rewarding opportunities. Although I have travelled across the country during my career in the Air Force, I have supported the next generation of FSU nurses through financial contributions. I currently serve as a member of the Alumni Advisory Committee and shared my FSU nursing story for a college video.
Kathleen Perrott Wilson ('78), PhD, CPNP, PNP-BC, FNP– BC, FAANP
Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Kathleen P. Wilson is a nationally certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Tallahassee, Florida where she practices as an endocrinology specialist. She is also a graduate faculty member of Walden University where she teaches in both DNP-PhD programs. She has held positions in research, administration with extensive experience in chronic disease prevention and management, and community program development. Her research focuses on risk behavior reduction, preventive health care modalities across the life span, and community participatory research. She has a sustained record of excellence in teaching, dissemination of evidence-based practice through scholarly publications and presentations, and service to the profession for more than three decades. She has been inducted as a Fellow into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Kathleen has been an active member of the FSU College of Nursing (CON) Alumni Council since 2008 with efforts directed toward alumni recruitment and active participation in CON activities. Additionally she has served as a member of the FSU College of Nursing Advancement Council since 2015 supporting the Dean on matters of recruitment and fundraising. She has been a regular supporter of the CON with special emphasis on the Simulation Lab. Kathleen describes Florida State University (FSU) as a premier university that prepared her for a dynamic career in nursing through a program that was rigorous, competitive, and well respected. She is proud to be a “Nole Nurse”.
Diane Raines ('76), DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Diane S. Raines, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, (BSN 1976) has practiced in the acute care setting at Baptist Health, Jacksonville, for over 40 years in a variety of clinical and administrative roles, including the role of system Chief Nursing Officer for the past thirteen years. She is a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Executive Fellow in Nursing and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Dr. Raines leads a team of nurse executives that, in collaboration with their physician colleagues and other team members is responsible for safe, quality patient care delivered with compassion and respect. One of their greatest achievements is being designated as a Magnet Health System three times. Diane is engaged in the community and currently serves on the board of the MASS (Muslim American Social Services) free clinic. She and her husband are members of MissionWay church and have participated in a number of mission trips over the years. In addition to being a Nole Nurse, Diane has an MSN from the University of Florida and a DNP from the University of North Florida-making her a Seminole-Gator-Osprey! But Diane and her husband Don (parents of a FSU Film School alumnus) are at heart Seminoles which makes serving the Nole Nurse Alumni Group very special. Don and Diane "adopted" a manikin in the Simulation Lab-look for Sparky Raines when you visit! She hopes to help share the message of the fabulous College of Nursing and encourage Noles Nurses to get involved with the future of our profession via FSU College of Nursing.
Jennifer Doak ('78), DNP, APRN, PCPNP-BC
Dr. Jennifer Doak is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Professor at Indian River State College (IRSC), Ft. Pierce, FL. She has worked in the health care industry since 1978, providing service in the local hospitals, primary pediatric care, and with juveniles in detention.
Dr. Doak graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with a D.N.P. (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) and A.R.N.P (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) in 1998. She received a M.S.N. (Masters of Science in Nursing) from Florida Atlantic University. Her undergraduate work was completed at Florida State University (B.S.N., 1978), and she considers herself a true “Nole”. Dr. Doak has done post-graduate work in Curriculum & Instructional Design and was a recipient of the 2013 IRSC Pioneer Award for faculty initiative with Quality Matters, the 2010 IRSC River Award for faculty and staff and was a 2008 recipient of the Presidents Cup in recognition from Indian River Community College Office of the President for involvement in the Baccalaureate Initiative. She also received the 2008 Instructional Innovation Award for a teaching project for Pediatric Nursing. She is a member of the Association of Community Colleges (ACC), the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), former chapter president of the Treasure Coast Organization of Nurse Executives (FONE) and the Republican Executive Committee (REC). Her interest is in the care of children and families, with an emphasis on access to health care. She was instrumental in the formation of the H.A.N.D.S. Clinic in St. Lucie County, FL which provides a network of services, including a free health clinic, to the uninsured population.
Dr. Doak was featured in the cover article of “Gator Nurse”, Summer 2014 and is a former candidate (2014) for Martin County School Board. Combining an expertise in education and children, Dr. Doak has a drive to serve the community. She sees herself as a change-agent and is interested in the political arena. Dr. Doak has resided in Jensen Beach, FL for fifty one years.
Carol McCormick (’72), BSN, (’04) MSN
Carol received her BSN from the College of Nursing in 1972 and her MSN in 2014. She has served on the College of Nursing Alumni Advisory Committee for many years. In the past, she was an Adjunct Professor, Editor of the Alumni Newsletter, and assisted with the first Mentoring program at the College of Nursing. Carol worked in child health for state government and nonprofit agencies during most of her career. Her professional duties included budgeting, program planning, evaluation and community service. She retired in 2016 and is now spending most of her time traveling and enjoying her condo on St. George Island. She remains connected to FSU, and is a member of the Alumni Association, the FSU Foundation, and Women for FSU. Carol believes FSU prepares students to excel in their chosen profession academically, socially, and spiritually. She says “it becomes a part of you and stays with you throughout your career and beyond”.