Meet Our Writers

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L. Joyce Washington, PhD, ARNP, CNS

Dr. L. Joyce Washington, ARNP, CNS, an associate professor of nursing at Barry University School of Nursing (SON) in Miami Shores, Fla., is the former chairperson of the SON’s Faculty Affairs Search Subcommittee and current chairperson of the SON Faculty Affairs Committee.

LaToya D. Hines

LaToya D. Hines is a fifth-year pre-nursing student at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. This article was originally written as an assignment for her Women’s History course.

Lawrence C. Washington, R.N., M.S.N.

Lawrence C. Washington, R.N., M.S.N. is a retired Army Nurse Corps Colonel.

LDCR Ruth Kawano, MSN, RN

LCDR Ruth Kawano, MSN, RN, is an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and a nurse educator at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, an Indian Health Service facility in Gallup, N.M.

Lee Anne Nichols, RN, PhD and John Lowe, RN, PhD

Lee Anne Nichols, RN, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Tulsa School of Nursing. John Lowe, RN, PhD, is an assistant professor of nursing at the Florida International University School of Nursing in Miami.

Leigh Page

Leigh Page is a Chicago-based freelance writer specializing in health care topics.

Leona Konieczny, DNP, MPH, RN-BC
Linda Childers

Linda Childers is a California-based freelance writer.

Linda Formicelli

Linda Formicelli has written for Women's Day, Wired, Family Circle and Business Start-Ups. She writes from her home in Southeast Massachusetts and can be reached at

Linda Parry, BSN, RN

Linda Parry, BSN, RN, is a nursing instructor in the Practical Nursing Program at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida.