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Community Highlights: Meet Linda Washington-Brown of Xspurt Provider Services

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Washington-Brown.

Linda Joyce Washington-Brown, Ph.D., EJD, APRN-C, MSN, CNS, HCRM, FAANP, FAAN is the former founding Associate Dean for the RN-BSN Program and part-time faculty at Broward College. Linda has over 36-years of college/university teaching experience. She received an Executive Juris Doctorate from Concord Law School in 2007, a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 2002; her Ph.D. in nursing in 1996 and an MSN in 1987 from the University of Miami; BSN in 1984 from Florida International University; and ASN in 1972 from Miami Dade College (formerly Miami Dade Community College). Linda is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) in 1989, as an adult nurse practitioner (ANP) in 1996, and holds national certification from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She later completed the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at Florida National University.

Linda was inducted as an AANP Fellow in 2018 and as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses (AAN) in 2019 for her outstanding contributions to advanced practice nursing and population health. She also received the Advanced Practice Nurse Award in April 2018 from the Florida Nurses Association. Linda is a former post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Women, Children, and Families and in the Center for Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, a Policy Fellow in W.E.B. Dubois Collective Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and an Ethnic/Racial Minority Fellow at the American Nurses Association. Linda has served as a grants reviewer and chair for the Division of Grants Management at Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA), for over 15-years, grants reviewer for the Florida Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), a site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Florida Board of Education School Improvement Evaluation Team Member, American Heart Association (AHA) Seed Grant Program Task Force member, a board member for the American Heart Association (AHA) and Advanced Practice Council of South Florida, and currently serves on the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Miami Rescue Mission – Broward Outreach Centers organization and clinics, CARE Elementary School, former State Coordinator for the Association of Black Nursing Faculty (ABNF) for 5-years, and co-Chair of the AANP Nomination Council, after serving as secretary for two-years. She also serves on the Health and Wellness and Social Services committees for the Miami Dade County Public School (MDCPS).

Linda served as the vice-president of the Miami Chapter Black Nurses Association (BNA) for three-years before being elected to the presidency in January 2016 to December 2017; chair of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Ad Hoc Committee on Immunizations for the Homeless, member of the ABNF Journal’s editorial board and reviewer for the Journal of Cultural Diversity. She has presented her work in reducing healthcare disparity among minority populations, principles of vaccination, COVID-19, implementation of academic service-learning, and research utilization of learning communities across America and outside of the United States. She has provided advanced nursing care to over 650 rural residents in Ecuador’s Guayas Province and trained over eighty international residents and nurses in healthcare simulation, cardiac care, and basic life support over the past three-years (2015, 2016, 2017). She recently was invited to return to the Leon Becerra Hospital in Guayaquil to continue training for over 150 new Ecuadorian nurses. Locally, she has provided Hands-only CPR training to over 150 parents of inner-city children learning to swim through a partnership with Professionals Sharing with a Purpose (PSWAP) Learn to Swim Program and the American Red Cross (ARC). Linda and volunteers from the Miami BNA organization provided educational seminars monthly for the past two years to over 1000 attendees from the Miami Gardens community, addressing heart health issues, sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes, obesity, breast and prostate cancer, and several other pertinent healthcare topics. Linda has authored several refereed articles, received funding for her research from Myrtle Grove Presbytery Church, AANP, Florida EMS Department, National Center for Nursing Research – National Institute of Health (NIH), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) – Lambda Chi Chapter, Florida League for Nursing an (FLN) and other local and private organizations. She received the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Foundation Grant for her research project to vaccinate the homeless against pneumonia and influenza and the AANP Fellows grant for providing virtual health education to the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To date, she has vaccinated over 1000 homeless men and women for vaccine-preventable illnesses. Linda has received several locals, state, and national awards for active community involvement in reducing health disparities in America. In 2017, she received the Legacy Awards for Healthcare Professionals and Leadership, the Haitian American Nurses Award for Outstanding Nursing Leadership and the Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Hero Award; in 2019, the Florida Nurses’ Association (FNA) Nurse of the Year Community Action Award, the AANP NP of the Year (Florida) State Award for Clinical Excellence; and in 2015 she received the Florida Commission on the Status of Women Achievement Award from Governor Rick Scott and US Representative Dennis A. Ross; the Community Service Award from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), Florida Nurses Association (FNA) Community Action Award and in 2014 she received a Proclamation from the Broward College Board of Trustees for saving the life of a college student involved in a motor vehicle accident on interstate I-595 in Florida, the Kynamatrix Excellence in Innovation through Community Collaboration Grant Award in 2014, in 2013 for research efforts in Service Learning to disparate community groups and in 2012, the Life Changer Humanitarian Award for her work with homeless men and women at the Miami Rescue Mission– Broward Outreach Centers.

In summary, Linda’s achievements and contributions to the role of the advanced practice nurse go above and beyond the scope of various job positions. She exemplifies clinical excellence, community involvement, administrative oversight, and international collaborative relationships to reduce healthcare disparities at home and abroad. Career Linda’s career in nursing began in 1972 when she began working at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in the Miami Civic Center area as a new graduate nurse. She was able to gain floor nursing experience, then specialty nursing experience in the intensive and coronary care units, followed by a charge nurse position on the postpartum floor. She later gained experience in Public Health at the Miami Dade County Health Department, working in the pediatric, obstetrics, and gynecology clinics. She later was placed in charge of the immunization and pediatric cardiology clinics. Linda’s leadership skills were easily recognized. Once leaving the formal hospital setting, she opened a nursery and preschool that expanded to four different locations, serving over 200 children for ten years before moving to academia at the college level.

Through these ventures, Linda gained administrative experience that has been exceptional. She has over 25-years of administrative experience (over 12 in academia), having led and supervised faculty and staff from 1975 to 1985; 1993 to 1996 as owner and Director of X-Spurt Evaluation and Education Center to include a full-service out-patient clinic and educational facility; 1987 to 1993 as Quality Assurance Educational Coordinator at University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) Emergency Room; 2001 to 2004, as Chair of the Allied Health Sciences and Continuing and Community Education Department at Miami Dade College overseeing all the external biological and physical science courses, nurse refresher/remediation courses, the Healthcare Core classes, all AHA certification, and EMT and Paramedic refresher courses. She also served on the original Course Outline Specialist team that began the review of College-wide General Education courses at Broward College (BC) for over two years; as well as represented the RN-BSN Program in executive-level district-wide committees and sub-committees to include meetings with the College President /Provosts and Vice President of Student Affairs, Deans, and Directors throughout Broward College. She also served as the founding Associate Dean of the RN to BSN program at Broward College from 2011 to 2017 upon retiring from the State University System.

During her time as Associate Dean, she led the development of the RN-BSN program from a staff of one person and a small department to the following: An administrative staff of seven persons  A faculty of five doctoral prepared nursing faculty  Over 500 enrolled students  A fully operational blended and online BSN curriculum  Approvals by the College-wide Curriculum Committee and the District Board of Trustees (BOT)  Approval and accreditation by the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Universities Accreditation  NLNAC Approval of Candidacy Status  NLNAC and AACN 5-year Initial accreditation Linda has demonstrated expertise in developing community partnerships with nursing leaders and business industries. Over the years, she has had responsibility for many direct and indirect reports addressing budget, staffing, administrative decision-making representing Academia and Industry on local, state, and national levels. She worked diligently the with industry establishing contractual agreements that were all approved by the College’s Board of Trustees (BOT). In addition, as a Federal Grants Reviewer and Chairperson, Linda was able to bring experience in providing national insight to current education health-related benchmarks used around the country. She is also very skilled at forming professional community/clinical partnerships and relationship building with new and established agencies. She established scholarship support from the United States Navy and Air Force; created a “Lessie Pryor RN-BSN Scholarship” fund through Broward College’s Foundation. She also garnished support from leading educational entities and doctorally prepared nursing leaders to co-sponsor Faculty Training Forums and Faculty Retreats, as well as to present current research findings in the areas of nursing and education.

While at Miami Dade College, she established Community Partnerships with area hospitals and schools, received grant funding from the community and statewide organizations to facilitate the expansion efforts of her Allied Health Department that resulted in the construction of a dedicated nursing laboratory equipped with the latest technological advanced beds and diagnostic equipment. Similarly, while at JMH, she secured numerous statewide grants to facilitate the building of the new Ryder Trauma Center and represented the hospital in the publishing of the first national training manual on pediatric emergencies. Academia As an Associate Dean, Linda organized the RN-BSN program, completed and received approvals from SACS COC and Initial Accreditation from ACEN and CCNE; hired a full staff of employees, managed the budget operations of the department, completed employee evaluations, lead the development of the curriculum, organized the first RN-BSN student Open House, developed faculty training forums, created monthly student Brown Bag Forums, and represented the RN-BSN Program on campus and college-wide committees. She has held meetings and established contractual relationships with community partners such as Broward Health Department, Broward Outreach, and Memorial Health System Primary Care Centers, negotiated clinical and classroom space for potential students. Since retirement, Linda has continued her work to reduce health disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations locally and internationally, creating herd immunity among homeless men and women through her vaccination project that advances nursing practice and science.

Chronological Time-Line 1950 Born in the Overtown area of Miami-Dade County to George and Ida Little 1956 to 1962 Attended Phyllis Wheatley Elementary – served as President of the American Red Cross and Lieutenant on the School’s Safety Patrol 1963 to 1967 Attended Booker T Washington High School – played Tennis, member of the Swim, Basketball and Volleyball teams. Captain of the Cheerleaders and undefeated in Tennis as the State Champion for 4-consecutive years. 1967 to 1968 Attended Miami Jackson Senior High School and completed all Highschool requirements for graduation. Served as a statistician for the Junior Varsity Basketball team. 1968 to 1972 Attended Miami Dade Community College – major nursing. Received a scholarship in Tennis and Nursing. Married and four daughters born 1972 to 1975. Attended Florida International University – Health Management. Employed as a Registered Nurse at Cedars Lebanon and Miami Dade County Health Department. 1975 to 1977 Worked at Medox Nursing Agency and Landmark (formerly Suniland) Training Center – Opened a private nursery and preschool. the first and second sons born 1977 to 1985 Managed private schools; returned to FIU in 1982 to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1984); developed the first Nursing Assistant Program at Miami Jackson Senior High School Adult Education Program. 1985 to 1989 Employed at Miami Dade College as a nursing lab coordinator and faculty teaching pediatrics and obstetrics. Pediatric nurse at Miami Children’s Hospital and Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at Northshore Medical Center. Enrolled in the MSN Maternal-child track at the University of Miami. 1989 to 1996 Quality Assurance Education Coordinator and ARNP at UM / Jackson Memorial Hospital Emergency Care and Trauma Centers. Began teaching part-time Nurse Practitioners at FIU; conducted research studies at JMH ER.

Enrolled in the Ph.D. Educational Psychology tract at the University of Miami; enrolled in the Ph.D. in Nursing program at U of M – graduated and defended the dissertation in 1996. 1993 to 1996 Full-time visiting faculty at FIU; Part-time NP at JMH Breast Center Provided free pap smears and breast exams at Northshore Medical Center. Completed the post-master’s certificate in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner program at FIU. Opened first free-standing nurse practitioner-managed clinic. 1996 to 1998 Developed ARNP program at Florida A&M University; conducted research studies at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Hospital. Worked as ARNP with Essential Medical Center 1998 to 2001 Full-time Associate Professor Barry University. Conducted funded research studies and presented research findings at national conferences. Started post-doctoral Fellowship in the Center for Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Linda Aikens. Worked in ER and Urgent Care at Mercy Hospital through 2007. 2001 to 2002 Accepted in the post-doctoral Fellowship in the Center for Women Children and Families at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Susan Gennaro; completed the Ph.D. program in Clinical Counseling at Jacksonville Theological Seminary 2002 to 2004 Chair, Continuing Education / Allied Health Sciences; worked as ARNP with Xspurt Evaluation Services 2004 to 2005 ARNP – Miami Beach Health Clinic; 2004 Began study of Law at Concord Law School. 2005 to 2011 Broward College Nursing Faculty; ARNP Geo Care; Completed Law Internship and Graduated with an Executive Juris Doctorate (2007); ARNP MRM-BOC clinics 2011 to 2017 Associate Dean RN to BSN Program; adjunct faculty – Nova Southeastern University – taught Research and Statistics; worked as ARNP with Xspurt Evaluation Services; ARNP MRM-BOC clinics; selected to the board of directors (BOD) Miami Rescue Mission (MRM), MRM Clinic, CARE Elementary, co-Lead Florida Action Coalition Diversity and Inclusivity Committee; provided CPR training to parents of children enrolled in the PSWAP Learn to Swim Program each summer to present.

2017 to 2018 Retired State University System; began the FNP program at South University; ARNP MRM-BOC clinics; expanded Xspurt Provider Telehealth Services 2018 Selected for induction to become a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June 2018 in Denver, Colorado. 2018 Received the Advanced Practice Nursing Award from the Florida Nursing Association. Completed the FNP program at Florida National University 2019 Selected for induction to become a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in November 2019 in Washington, DC; appointed to the Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Student Social Services Committee and the Health and Wellness Advisory Committee; selected as chair, NBNA Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. 2020 Selected to represent NBNA on the Health and Human Services (HHS) Vaccine Panel; appointed to the Miami Dade County Public Schools Medical Expert Group for School Reopening by Dr. Steve Gallon; appointed as co-Lead to the NBNA Vaccine Think Tank. 2021 Selected as co-Chair to the AANP Health, Equity and Diversity Special Interest Group Career and Life Goals My career and life goals are to continue with my clinical practice working with ethnically diverse disparate populations; publish research findings; maintain community presence through public education and research, and providing preceptor opportunities for aspiring nurse practitioner students.

Most importantly, I want to be a role model for young people of color to aspire to achieve their dreams and be willing to look back and bring someone with them. Nurses are in a good position to help remedy the challenges facing our nation in reducing racial, ethnic, and social disparities in health outcomes. Nurses can help broaden the perspective of legislators who vote on the spending amounts available for the treatment and research on how healthcare is delivered to underserved and vulnerable populations. Background Chronology: 1986-87 Mailman Center for Child Development Clinical practicum experience with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner conducted pediatric assessments and developmental screenings Child Protection Team Conducted home and child assessments working with Children and Family Services Child Abuse entity 1989-93 UM/JMH Emergency Care Center Pediatric and Obstetrics – gynecology ARNP and Quality Assurance Educational Coordinator. Performed pediatric assessments, lumbar punctures, suturing, dilatation and curettage (D&C) and gynecological assessments and management. Northshore Medical Center Volunteer American Cancer Society ARNP – performed Clinical Breast Exams (CBEs) and Pap Smears \1993-96 Florida International University Taught pediatrics and post-masters ARNP students; participated in the development of the Pediatric ARNP program University of Miami Taught Medical Issues course to public school teachers working with Special Needs Children 1993-1996 UM/JMH Breast Health Center ARNP -performed CBEs and Fine Needle Aspirations and clinical management. Xspurt Evaluation Center ARNP – conducted full primary care services and patient management to families and children Agape Women’s Center Developed an ARNP Clinic and provided student training and medical management of women residents.

1996-98 Florida A&M University Developed the first two graduate nurse practitioner programs. Tallahassee Memorial Regional Hospital Conducted research study on childhood poisoning and child protection packaging. Essential Care Medical Center ARNP – provided medical and nursing management to families and children 1998 -2001 Barry University Faculty in FNP program – taught Advanced Pediatrics and Adult Health, Research and Community Health Florida International U Adjunct Faculty taught FNP students and provided clinical coordination University of Pennsylvania Summer post-doctoral fellowship – Center for Urban Studies Full post-doctoral fellowship – Center for Women, Children and Families W.E.B. Dubois Policy fellow 2002-2004 Miami Dade College Chair, Continuing Education and Allied Health Programs Mercy Hospital Registered nurse ER and Urgent Care Centers Hialeah Hospital Registered nurse ER 2003 Concord Law School Began Law School 2004-2005 Miami Beach Health Clinics ARNP over school-based clinics Geo Care – South Florida Hospital ARNP – patient clinical management 2005 Memorial Care Center Registered nurse Urgent Care Center 2005-2009 Broward College Faculty Coordinator Pediatrics, LPN Transitional Program 2009-2017 Broward College Associate Dean RN to BSN Program MRM-BOC Clinics ARNP patient clinical management.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road to success is always under construction. I try to avoid any passive-aggressive tendencies that are no more than emotional stuffers and suffocates our well-being. I realized that opportunities do not just happen, but I had the power to create them and not accept what others say that I am, but rather who I know that I am. One of my greatest struggles in life was to give up comfort and the good to go for and perform the great, in other words, doing what others are not willing to do, becoming a woman of value rather than a woman of success.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Xspurt Provider Services?
Xspurt Provider Services has been in business since 1999, providing screenings, education, and training to Florida residents. All programs and screenings are personalized to meet individual healthcare needs. Most of my healthcare services are donated services to meet the needs of underserved populations and those not understanding how to navigate the healthcare system.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
The risk that I take each day is wondering if what I do will make a difference in someone’s life. Unfortunately, there are those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid that I will succeed. I choose to debunk both.

Pricing:

  • Continuing Education Courses begin at $9.99
  • Healthcare Consultation free for the first visit and $20 for subsequent visits.

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Photo 1: a recent photo of Linda; #2 – Keynote speaker in Jamaica; #3 Graduation of BSN students; #4 MedicalMission in Jamaica; #5 Medical Mission in Haiti; #6 CPR training to adolescents learning to swim; #7 Training of medical professions in Guayaquil, Ecuador

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