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Gloria Jean Willingham

Gloria Jean Willingham, American nurse educator, administrator.


  • Willingham, Gloria Jean was born on March 5, 1945 in Little Rock. Daughter of Ellis and Mary Lee Nelson.

  • Education

    • Student, Southern Illinois University, 1963—1966. Diploma, St. Vincent Infirmary School Nursing, Little Rock, 1970. Bachelor of science in nursing, Regents University, 1981.

      MSN, University Arkansas, 1984.


    • Clinical nurse Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 1970, 1972—1975. Night charge nurse Albany Veterans Administration Hospital, New York, 1971—1972. Staff nurse Veterans Administration Medical Center, Little Rock, 1970, 1975—1978, clinical instructor, 1978—1983.

      Associate chief trainee Veterans Administration Hospital, 1983—1984, associate chief, nursing service education Shreveport, Louisiana, 1984—1986, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Long Beach, California, since 1986. Chief instructor Medical Corpsmen School, Arkansas. Commissioned major Army National Guard.


    Director, Christian education Miles Chapel, Little Rock, 1975—1977. Chairman City Beautiful, 1979—1980. Board directors Franklin School Parent-Teachers Association, Terry School Parent-Teachers Association, Little Rock, parliamentarian, advisory committee, 1978—1980, district representative, 1979—1980.

    Co-chairman Christmas Bureau, United Way Pulaski County, 1981—1982, member, research and planning committee, 1981—1982. Vice president, alumni trustee board regents external degrees State University of New York, Albany, 1982—1983, president, 1983—1985. Member, task force on regents external degrees and proficiency testing New York State Education Department, 1983—1984.

    Board directors, health associates Long Beach City College, chairman, Licensed Vocational Nursing advisory committee. Mem, advisory board California State University, Long Beach. Superintendent Sunday School Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Shreverport, St. Vestal Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Long Beach.

    Member of Chi Eta Phi (Mu Chi chapter 1984-1991, Psi Eta chapter since 1991), Sigma Theta Tau.


    • Children: Gina Michele, Michael Damon, Christopher.
    • father: Ellis Nelson
    • mother: Mary Lee Nelson
    • children: Gina Michele Willingham
    • Michael Damon Willingham
    • Christopher Willingham
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    Born March 5, 1945
    (age 72)