Listee Features — Nursing

Phyllis Adams


Inspired by the nurses who cared for her after a childhood medical procedure, Phyllis Adams has dedicated her life to the field. She told her parents she wanted to be a nurse right after the surgery, and they were completely supportive. From that moment on, her path was clear. Dr. Adams never wavered from the pursuit of her goal and, in 1969, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University and a Doctorate of Higher Education from Texas Southern University. She got her first professional position, charge nurse at The Methodist Hospital, that same year. Ever since then, Dr. Adams has steadily grown within the industry. She moved through roles like faculty coordinator at the Columbus Technical

Read More »


Joy Holland lives by the mantra, “don’t make excuses, and don’t be a victim.” She doesn’t believe in letting problems hold her back; perseverance was her strength, and she did what she had to in order to succeed. Ms. Holland initially started college as a math major, but quickly found nursing to be more appealing. With a growing family, she wanted a career she could launch quickly. She was also drawn by the prospect of spending her time helping individuals get better. Ms. Holland proceeded to earn an Associate of Arts in nursing from Olive-Harvey College in 1972. She obtained her first position, staff nurse at the University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics, that same year, and the rest is

Read More »


A good, honest nurse who always put her patients first, Linda Hege is thrilled to have lived out her childhood dream. She had wanted to become a nurse since she was 3 or 4 years old; she was passionate about helping others and felt the field would be a good fit. Ms. Hege never lost sight of her goal, and in 1967, she triumphantly graduated from Lenoir Rhyne College with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and set off to make her mark. The first stop on Ms. Hege’s professional journey was Forsyth Memorial Hospital, which she joined as a staff nurse in 1967. As her reputation for excellence grew, so did her responsibilities within the institution. In the decades

Read More »


As a child, Judith Eileen Hicks really looked up to her aunt, a nurse. She wanted to follow in her footsteps, so she obtained a Bachelor of Science in nursing from St. Xavier University in 1969 and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Illinois in 1971. She then set out to make her own mark on the field. Ms. Hicks proceeded to join Mercy Hospital as a staff nurse, and the rest is history. She was promoted to nursing supervisor after a year in her original role and only continued growing from there. Her next positions included continuing education consultant at the Illinois Nurses Association, director of obstetrics-gynecology nursing at Prentice Women’s Hospital and Northwestern Memorial

Read More »


Encouraged by her mother to chose either nursing or teaching, Naomi Kate Sheppard decided the former offered her the best opportunity for growth and success. She started out by earning a diploma from the Scott & White Hospital School of Nursing in 1955, after which she furthered her education with an Associate of Arts from Temple Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and biology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She also obtained certification in psychiatric nursing from the American Nursing Association. Degrees in hand, Ms. Sheppard set out to make her mark on the field. Her first professional position was staff nurse at

Read More »


When Anne C. Perry was very young, a medical condition forced her to have an extended stay at the hospital. She felt so cared for by the nurses and had such a good experience that she began to consider pursuing a career in medicine, too. Ms. Perry worked hard to achieve her goal, and was thrilled when she obtained her first position, staff registered nurse in obstetrics at Moses Ludington Hospital, in 1970. Her experience there proved she was meant to be part of the health care industry; she loved helping others and connecting with her community. The next stop on Ms. Perry’s journey was nurse and social worker at the Essex County Head Start Program, followed by prepared childbirth

Read More »


Inspired to become a nurse by her great-aunt, Mary O’Leary set out to make her own mark on the industry. She started by becoming a staff nurse in the department of psychiatry at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in 1963, and was promoted to coordinator of in-patient child psychiatry a year later. Ms. O’Leary’s passion and drive caught the attention of her superiors and colleagues, which spurred her rapid advancement through the industry. Over the next few decades, she thrived in roles like assistant head nurse at the Veterans Research Hospital, instructor in the Cooperative Health Occupations Assistants Program of the Chicago Board of Education, director of nursing education, evaluation, and research at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, director of

Read More »


When Marie Lois Maxwell was young, she knew she wanted to help people, but she wasn’t sure exactly how. She got a job working in a hospital, and was inspired by the student nurses, who would talk with her about the profession. Ms. Maxwell decided to pursue nursing further, so she obtained a Master of Science in nursing from Boston College in 1975. She found she enjoyed interacting with patients and seeing the impact had. Ms. Maxwell eventually started gravitating to mental health, culminating in becoming a clinical nurse specialist at the Green County Mental Health Clinic. She served there for more than two decades before retiring in 2015. She received a Plaque of Appreciation for her efforts. One of

Read More »


To Jeannette (Jan) Selby Johnson, life is all about helping others achieve more than they could on their own. Early in her career, she felt that the best way to do that was through education. Her first professional position was student personnel assistant at Ohio State University, followed by home economist at the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, instructor of home economics at Ohio University, substitute teacher at Athens City Schools, adult instructor of family life education at Tri-County Vocational School, and teacher of home economics at Trimble Middle School, among many others. Later on, Ms. Johnson decided that nursing would be a better way to achieve her goals. She proceeded to become a community health nurse coordinator of the

Read More »


As a child, Denise M. Korniewicz always enjoyed playing doctor and nurse. She decided in junior high school that she wanted to pursue the field professionally, so she enlisted in the military to help her complete her academic training. Dr. Korniewicz proceeded to serve as a captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Vietnam from 1973 to 1977 and to obtain a Bachelor of Science from Madonna University in 1974 and a Master of Science in nursing from Texas Woman’s University in 1977. She furthered her education with a PhD in nursing from Catholic University of America, a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious disease control and prevention at Johns Hopkins University, a certificate from the Southern Council on Colleges and

Read More »