Counseling first responders’ post-traumatic stress, Joan Hull-Pyle became involved in her profession because when she was in the second grade, her brother got sick and they could not find nurses to take care of him. Thus, her mother took turns in the hospital taking care of him and she thought, in that moment, that becoming a nurse was what she wanted to be. From that moment on, that was her desire and, although she took music classes, she was determined to be a nurse. The current president of Quality Trac in Orlando, Florida, since 1994, Ms. Hull-Pyle began her professional career as the head nurse at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama in 1962, remaining in this role for three years. She then directed the nursing service at Pineview Hospital in Hartselle, Alabama, from 1965 to 1970, and served as the administrative coordinator at Orlando Regional Medical Center from 1970 to 1980 and director of emergency medical services in Orange County, Florida, from 1980 to 1994.
Prior to the start of her career, Ms. Hull-Pyle pursued a formal education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she attained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1958. She is also certified to treat burn patients and in medical coding. Serving on various technical advisory councils throughout the State of Florida, Ms. Hull-Pyle is a past president of the Florida Association of Emergency Medical Providers and executive board member of the Florida Association of County Emergency Medical Services Directors, as well as directed the Christian Women Association from 2005 to 2011. She further serves the Critical Incident Stress Debriefers of Florida as an organizer and executive board member, and is active with the Central Florida Fire Chiefs Association and the Federal Emergency Management Association.
The highlight of Ms. Hull-Pyle’s career was learning to do CPR, as it was a new thing they had started at the time. She was called to the emergency room and they brought in a young man, who was in cardiac arrest. She and the doctor worked on him for an hour or longer, and were able to revive him. He was very sick for several days, but her reward was driving to work one day and passing him jogging. Something she will always remember was that she could make a difference. Instrumental in the passing of Florida’s first DUI, seat belt and child restrain laws, Ms. Hull-Pyle is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Moreover, she was selected for inclusion in the fourth and fifth editions of Who’s Who in American Nursing.