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Ms. Jayne D. James began her lifelong career in healthcare as a nursing assistant at Fauquier Hospital, a small community hospital in Warrenton, VA, in 1971. She received her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1977, worked medicine, OB, ICU and Emergency until she moved to Northern Virginia and began working with Older Adults primarily as a Charge Nurse. In 1979 Ms. James started her career in behavioral health at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington D.C. working as a staff nurse and relief Charge Nurse until 1982. In 1982, Ms. James started at Inova Fairfax Hospital on the Psychiatric Unit as a Nurse Manager and in 2010 she retired after 28 years of dedicated service. 

Ms. James obtained an Associates in Nursing at Northern Virginia Community College, a BSN and MSN in from George Mason University, as well as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Board Certified by ANCC. Ms. James also graduated from the Post Masters’ Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program at Shenandoah University in 2011. Ms. James has worked in many capacities, Management Coordinator, Nurse Manager, Manager of Older Adults Program, Manager of Residential Program, Adjunct Nurse at University and Community College level, Nurse Consultant, Nurse Author, Mentor, Speaker on Mental Health and Aging Issues, and as an agency nurse as well.

Ms. James is the former CNO of North Spring Behavioral Health, a child and adolescent residential and acute hospitals. Also, she is the former the Chief Nurse Executive of Eastern State Hospital. ESH is the oldest behavioral health hospital in the country founded in 1773 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Patient census capacity at ESH is 302 and employs up to 500+ nursing staff.  Ms. James saved the State of Virginia 12 million dollars in reduction of mandatory overtime during her tenure.

Ms. James has worked for Diamond Healthcare as a Nurse Consultant and Nurse Educator. Most recently she worked as Interim Director of Nursing at Southern Maryland Hospital behavioral health program. Also, Ms. James has stepped into that entrepreneurial role and is Nurse Consulting and is board certified therapist specializing in geriatrics and LGTBQ communities.  Ms. James in her support of nursing academia is adjunct faculty for Shenandoah University and has taught at Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University, taking nursing students to Barbados for their Public Health Clinical and while in graduate school co-authored the children’s book, “The Magic Stethoscope” Ms. James is the proud mother of two amazing adults, Jarre, and Ebony and also is a proud “Nannie” to her wonderful “grandson” “ELIJAH”.

Ms. James enjoys her family, friends and encourages nurses and nursing students. Ms. James is a mentor to many, active in the community serving on boards and serving the elderly.


Memberships Ms. James belongs to:


      Former Ambassador for Stroke, Power to End Stroke

      American College of Healthcare Executives

      Former American Diabetes Association, Live Empowered Committee Member

      Former American Heart Association Ambassador

      American Nurses Association

      American Psychiatric Nurses Association

      American Stroke Ambassador

      Former Central Virginia Black Nurses Association

      Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority-Tidewater Chapter

      Co authored “The Magic Stethoscope” a children’s book related to healthcare and nursing

      Former Northern Virginia Black Nurses Association-Co founder Past President/Vice President

      Former Member DBHDS Board of Chief Nurse Executives

      Former Member of Health Explorers Post #757, Williamsburg

      Nominated “Nurse of Year for Commitment to Nursing Practice” 2007, Inova

      Nominated for “Advance Practice Nurse of the Year” 2008 NBNA

      Nominated for “Advance Practice Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse of the Year” ANCC 2008

      Nurse Leader on RFP for selecting Electronic Health Record for State, DBHDS-E H R selected

      Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Chapter-GMU

VA Nurse Practitioner Student Member 2011.  Nominated for Advance Practice Nurse of the Year 2006 Inova

      VACPN Vice President 2011

      Former Virginia Guardianship Board Member

      Virginia Nurses Association

      Virginia Organization of Executive Nurses

       Recipient of “Community Leadership” Award by Hampton University School of Nursing 2013

       Board Member of WTTS Advisory Board


Various Speaking Engagements include:

      Co-author of children’s book called The Magic Stethoscope, written by GMU grad students

OLDER Adult Work Group, Fairfax County, co sponsored “Hidden Epidemic: Alcoholism and Prescription Drugs in Older Adults”

      Speaker on “Baby boomers: Aging and Mental Health”, VGA Conference April 2010

Speaker on “The Hidden Epidemic: Alcoholism and the Older Adult”, ABC, Richmond, VA April 2009

      Speaker, “Mental Health First Response” Fairfax County Community

Speaker, “Strategies for Home Visits and Hospital Visits for clients with Infectious Disease” Garlan Center for CSB Staff, Fairfax County sponsored by OLDER Adults Work Group

Speaking on “Baby boomers: Aging and Mental Health” at NBNA Conference in July in Indianapolis.

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