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June Spotlight on Jacquelyn Williams
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Spotlight on Jacquelyn Williams

Jacquelyn Williams (Jackie) grew up in rural west Texas and benefited from a community where family and neighbors trusted and cared for each other. She attended and received her BSN from Texas Woman’s University 40+ years ago and she earned two master’s degrees from New Mexico State University; one in nursing and later one in public health. In 2004, she received her PhD from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.

Psychiatric care drew Jackie because she realized everything eventually relates to individuals’ behaviors and responses to life situations. She has an appreciation and compassion for the suffering of those dealing with acute and chronic mental health conditions, including addiction. She has an active practice in the Las Cruces area and has worked with veterans of the Operation Enduring Freedom for over 11 years.

Jackie lives in Las Cruces and has been on the faculty of NMSU School of Nursing for several years. She teaches at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels and notes the students challenge and change her practice. Her role as an educator supports one of her life goals – never stop learning. She also embraces the concepts of “staying flexible” and “love[ing] what has to be done in life.” Jackie has many memories from her NP career, but one standout memory is the time a patient told her, “I haven’t had such a long period of stability in 20 years. Your care changed my life.”

Jackie’s other professional activities include serving on the New Mexico Board of Nursing Advance Practice Advisory Committee where her contributions and leadership have been invaluable. She is currently secretary for the committee. One little-known regret Jackie has is being disappointed that the space propulsion system hasn’t moved forward for her to do a 5-year assignment on the Enterprise medical team.

On the personal side, Jackie enjoys knitting, reading, gardening and being in nature, especially if it involves geology.


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