Jessie M. Colin, PhD, RN, FRE, FAAN
Jessie M. Colin is professor and director of the PhD, nursing executive leadership, and nursing education programs within the Division of Nursing at the College of Health Sciences at Barry University. Dr. Colin is also a Fellow with NCSBN Regulatory Excellence (FRE) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She received a BSN and MSN at Hunter College in New York in 1974 and 1980 respectively; and a PhD in nursing in 2000 from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She is a trilingual (English, French, and Creole) Haitian, who has devoted her life’s work to underserved populations in the United States and in Haiti
Dr. Colin was recognized in 2009 as one of the most influential and prominent black women in South Florida. An inspiring role model, her national and international leadership exemplifies nursing’s commitment to society; she is a nationally recognized spokesperson on Haitian immigrant health and nursing in Haiti. She has committed her professional life to advancing nursing knowledge, health policy, and transcultural nursing. She co-founded the only baccalaureate nursing program in Haiti and serves as vice-chair of the Faculty of Nursing Science School of Nursing.
In addition to her academic, community health achievements, and leadership, she influences policy and promotes nursing excellence as chair of the Florida Board of Nursing. As the first Haitian nurse appointee to the Florida Governor’s Haiti Advisory Committee, she recommended initiatives for disaster preparedness and public health in Haiti. She is the immediate past chair of the Florida Board of Nursing and currently serves as a member and chair of the education committee of the board.
She received several grants to conduct research in Haiti and in the US to explore the effects of paternalism on Haitian women’s health. Through her research, she seeks to better understand the plight of Haitian women and their lack of interest in their own health. Through qualitative research, she conceptualized and is testing her “Haitian Cultural Model of Care,” which addresses negative effects of paternalism and its influence on societal, contextual, and economic norms.