Jayne Willis, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP
College:College of Nursing
Degree Program:Nursing Practice DNP, Executive Track
Research Focus:Serves on the boards for the Orlando Ballet, the American Heart Association, and the Florida State University College of Medicine community board.
Doctoral student Jayne Willis, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, has spent her entire career at Orlando Health and will celebrate 37 years there this May. Willis, who is the Chief Nurse Executive at Orlando Health, is a graduate of the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Track.
Willis received her BSN from Florida State University in 1982 and her MSN from the University of Florida with a focus in nursing administration. When it came time to pursue her doctoral degree, Willis was drawn to UCF because of the College of Nursing’s excellent reputation, the long-standing partnership between UCF and Orlando Health, and the flexibility of the online program. In addition, to the flexibility, Willis enjoys the interactions and networking that she has with the other students in her program.
Willis appreciated her peers and also admired several faculty members, saying, “If Dr. Mary Lou Sole had a fan club, I’d be the president! I have admired Mary Lou for over three decades and have always been impressed with her humility despite her amazing accomplishments in academia and in research.” She also appreciated Diane Andrews, PhD who encouraged Willis to apply for the DNP program, and Susan Chase, PhD, and Nora Warshawsky, PhD, who helped and inspired her.
Willis’s advice to fellow students is to budget their time wisely. It can be tricky, Willis says, to find a balance between work, school, and your personal life, but Willis finds that she is able to do so by allocating specific time to work on assignments. She also encourages her fellow students to enjoy learning and to not get too stressed out and to remember that the faculty is supportive and wants students to succeed.
Outside of academia, Willis is very involved in the community. She serves on the boards for the Orlando Ballet, the American Heart Association, and the Florida State University College of Medicine community board. Willis is also a member of the Central Florida Women’s League, Sigma Theta Tau, Central Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, and recently joined an American Organization of Nurse Executives committee for system Chief Nurse Executives.
Willis graduated in December 2020. After graduating, she will remain in her role as Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President for Orlando Health and use the knowledge that she has gained from the DNP program to support the organization’s pursuit of excellence.
- 37 years at Orlando Health
- Currently employed as Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President
- BSN from FSU
- MSN from UCF
- Graduate student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Track
- Expected Graduation - Dec. 2020
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