Joan Williamson, RN, MN, CPHQ has been a registered nurse since 1976, with a background in critical care. She has spent the majority of her career in Richmond. Joan has an undergraduate degree form Alderson Broaddus College in Phillipi, West Virginia. She earned a Master of Nursing in Critical Care from Emory University and practiced as a Clinical Nurse specialist in Cardio-thoracic surgery for a few years. Joan has worked for Bon Secours since 1991 in critical care and taught in the School of Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety since 2006. Joan currently services as the Director of Virginia Patient Safety Organization. She is married with two grown children and one grandson.