Governor Makes Nursing Board Appointments

Gov. Haley Barbour announced Monday his appointments to the Mississippi Board of Nursing.

Dr. Kimberly A. Williams of Pascagoula and Jane R. Jones of Summit were named to serve on the board. Cathy Giles Williamson of Meridian was reappointed.

The board creates rules and regulations for the licensure of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.

“Nursing is a rapidly growing and high-demand profession in Mississippi. The nursing board is an essential partner in meeting the needs of nursing education programs, clinics and hospitals,” Barbour said in a written statement. “Dr. Williams, Ms. Jones and Mrs. Williamson bring valuable experience and knowledge of the nursing profession to this important board.”

Williamson is the nurse practitioner representative for the Third Congressional District and will serve through June 30, 2012. She is a certified nurse midwife at Rush Health Systems. A graduate of Meridian High School, Williamson received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi’s School of Nursing. She and her husband, Judge Lester Williamson Jr., have three children, Virginia, Les and J.T.

Williams, who replaces board member Darlene Lindsey, represents the Fourth Congressional District through June 30, 2012. She currently serves as an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama. She has worked as a nurse practitioner on the Gulf Coast. Williams attended the University of South Alabama where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She later received her doctorate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Jones is the consumer health representative for the Third Congressional District and will serve an unexpired term ending June 30, 2010. Jones currently is employed at Southwest Mississippi Community College.
Previously, she was a nurse manager at King’s Daughter’s Medical Center in Brookhaven. She graduated from McComb High School and Hinds Community College. She has two children, Lynn McInnis and Rick Whittington.

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