The Board


The Florida Board of Nursing plays an integral role in health care regulation as the board members and staff interact regularly with other nursing affiliated groups in Florida, as well as the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The board is made up of 13 members: seven Registered Nurses who have been engaged in the practice of professional nursing at least four years (one must be an advanced practice registered nurse, one must be a nurse executive, and one must be a nurse educator member of an approved program); three Licensed Practical Nurses who have been engaged in the practice of practical nursing at least four years; three consumer members who have never been connected with the practice of nursing. All board members must be Florida residents and one must be at least 60 years old.

Are you a current or new board member? Helpful resources and information pertinent to your position are available on the new Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) board member website.

If you are interested in becoming a board member, the site contains material that provides insight into the duties and responsibilities of the role. To view the site, please visit flhealthsource.gov/board-members.

Members of the Board

Jody Bryant Newman
EdD, EdS
Vice-Chair
Consumer
Clermont
Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Maggie Hansen
MHSc, RN
Nurse Executive Seat
Parkland
Term Ends:
10/31/2022
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Christine Mueller
DNP, RN, PCCN-K
Nurse Educator Seat
Sunrise
Term Ends:
10/31/2024
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Deborah Becker
DNP, RN, CNE
RN Seat
The Villages
Term Ends:
10/31/2023
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Vacant
LPN Seat

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Jose D. Castillo III
PhD, MSNA, CRNA, APRN
APRN Seat
Naples
Term Ends:
10/31/2024
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Heather Baumwald
Consumer
Fort Lauderdale
Term Ends:
10/31/2022
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Deborah McKeen
BS, CD-LPN
Chair
LPN Seat
Greenwood
Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Jody Rain
MBA-HM, BSN, RN, CEN
RN Seat
Wimauma
Term Ends:
10/31/2022
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Vacant
LPN Seat

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Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Flippo
MSN, MBA, RN
RN Seat
West Palm Beach
Term Ends:
10/31/2024
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Fidelia Roster
MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN
RN Seat
Palm Coast
Term Ends:
10/31/2024
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Robert Macdonald
MS
Consumer
Seminole
Term Ends:
10/31/2023
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After the expiration of their term, board members can continue to serve until they have been replaced, reappointed, or resign.



Organizational Structure of the Board

The Department of Health's Division of Medical Quality Assurance serves as the principle administrative support unit for the board. The board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Tallahassee, and its regulatory functions are funded in full by fees paid by its licensees. Board members are appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. Members of the board can serve two four-year terms. To learn more about becoming a member of the board, visit the Governor’s Appointments Office website.

Board Councils & Committees

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Board Staff

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Legal Counsel

Deborah Loucks
Senior Assistant Attorney General
David Flynn
Senior Assistant Attorney General