I am Jimmy Durham, RN-BC.
I began my career in health care as a medical assistant in a family practice clinic owned by a nurse practitioner.
7 years ago, in my hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. In that time, I learned many valuable lessons and skills. I oversaw the on-site lab, and ensured that all the equipment, tests, supplies, and more were compliant and accurate.
The facility had an onsite x-ray imaging services, which allowed me to learn a lot about radiography techniques and interpretation as well as earning a limited x-ray machine operator (LXMO) designation from the state of Mississippi.
I graduated nursing school 5 years ago. I continued to work in family practice and urgent care clinics as a RN in a nursing management capacity. I found a passion for community health, diabetes education, and occupational health.
Health fairs, diabetes coaching, community health and wellness, and psychiatric nursing were all areas of focus in my practice.
I am board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Ambulatory Care Nursing and Telehealth, and I have contributed pieces to websites like Healthy Place’s Living with Adult ADHD.
In 2014, I served on the American Nurses Association‘s Professional Issues Panel Steering Committee on Incivility, Bullying, and Violence in Health Care Workplaces. This 24-member panel consisted of nursing professional leaders from across the United States.. We were appointed the task to research and create the ANA’s official position statement on the problem. We acknowledged the role professional nurses play to combat bullying so that patient care remained top priority.
ANA’s Board of Directors officially adopted the position statement in July of 2015.
Since November 2015, I have volunteered with Crisis Text Line as a remote crisis intervention counselor, and have promoted the organization through speaking engagements to recruit volunteers and spread the word about the service to the general public.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling, photography, writing, reading, hiking, as well as spending time with my friends and family.
I am blessed to be uncle to Dallas,4 and one-year-old Chloe. I love them more than I ever thought I could love anything, and a large part of why I do what I do is to show them the world. Let them that they matter and can affect positive change. That I want to do whatever necessary, so they can grow up and leave their own marks on it.