Congratulations to Linda Washington-Brown, one of the recipients of the FCSW Florida Achievement Award for her work in improving the lives of women and families in her community.
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women recognizes meritorious women and men who have improved the lives of Florida women and/or who have served as positive role models for women and girls in their communities with the FCSW Florida Achievement Award. The Commission presents the award in the area of the state in which the Commission is meeting throughout the year. Dr. Washington-Brown was presented the award by Florida's Governor, Rick Scott
Dr. Linda Joyce Washington-Brown, Ph.D., EJD, ARNP, MSN, CNS, LHCRM of Hialeah is the Associate Dean for the RN-BSN Program at Broward College. Her career in nursing spans over 43 years. She is a practicing advanced registered nurse practitioner, certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner in 1989, as an adult nurse practitioner in 1996, and holds national Certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is also a member of “Cover Girl’s”, a mentoring program for homeless women. She has served on several National Boards, to include the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the National Black Nurses Association. She recently returned from Ecuador on a second visit with senior nursing students where they provided screening and healthcare services to over 300 indigent children and families. Dr. Washington-Brown received funding for her research from several local and private organizations for vaccinating homeless men and women. She has recently vaccinated over 130 homeless men and women with the Pneumovax vaccine that will provide protection against pneumonia and meningitis for at least ten (10) years. She also provides annual physical exams to optimist children at the local public parks in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. As a licensed minister, Dr. Washington-Brown visits the sick and suffering in hospitals and homes and provides counsel to those who need guidance. Locally, she serves as preceptor and faculty mentor to aspiring doctoral nursing students at Florida International University, Barry University and the University of South Alabama. Two very important awards that are near and dear to Dr. Washington-Brown include the “Life Changer Humanitarian” award presented by the Broward Outreach Center, and the “Proclamation for Lifesaving Efforts” presented by Broward College. This award was presented to Dr. Washington-Brown after she helped save a life on interstate 595 following a two car accident and a young man was bleeding to death. She applied direct pressure to a puncture wound in his neck until rescue arrived, saving his life.