On October 27, 2017, Retired Colonel Clarice Golightly-Jenkins (Nursing Class of ’68) was inducted into the Tuskegee University ROTC Military Hall of Fame.
Clarice Golightly-Jenkins is a Tuskaloosa, Alabama native, first born of five siblings and a Druid High School graduate. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Tuskegee (Institute) University School of Nursing, the first BSN program in the state of Alabama, in 1968 under the leadership of Dr. Lillian Holland Harvey, Founding Dean; a Master of Science degree in nursing, and advanced training as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from The Ohio State University College of Nursing in 1974 under the tutelage of Dr. Grayce McVeigh Sills. Colonel Golightly-Jenkins (R) was the sole US Army Nurse Corps officer selected for advanced management training in 1991; and received a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Resources Management and Groups in Conflict from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Golightly-Jenkins earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas in 2003.
Colonel Golightly-Jenkins (R) entered the US Army as a nursing student and was commissioned before graduation as a Second Lieutenant in 1967 at Tuskegee (Institute) University. Colonel Golightly-Jenkins (R) served over 26 years active duty with valor and distinction in myriad clinical acute and primary care and combat service support settings; nurse officer recruiting, administrative and executive leadership positions of immense scope and responsibility; in cross-national and cross-continental Unites States, the Far East and Europe in peace and conflict and retired as a Colonel. Colonel Golightly-Jenkins’(R) military education includes graduation from the US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and numerous other command and leadership courses and training.
Partial listing of Colonel Golightly-Jenkins’(R) military assignments include:
Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Science Division, US Army Medical Department Center & School, Fort Sam Houston (Joint Base San Antonio), TX, 1991-1993.
Consultant, Enlisted Medical Training, Office of the Surgeon General, (Army) Washington, DC, 1991-1993.
Chief Nursing Officer, Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center, (and 14 primary care clinics within 5500 square miles; expanded to 1000 acute beds during Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Persian Gulf War); Frankfurt, Germany, 1989-1991.
Chief Nursing Officer, 32nd Combat Support Hospital, (REFORGER 1988), Wiesbaden, Germany, 1987-1989.
Chief Officer, US Army Nurse Corps Accessions Program Management Activity, Army Medical Department Personnel Support Agency; and Office of the Surgeon General, Washington, DC, 1983-1987.
Chief Nursing Officer, US Army Recruiting Command, Western Region, 6th Army, (ten Western states including Alaska, Hawaii and Pacific Basin), (recruited first US Army nurse from Oglala Sioux Tribe, Montana), Fort Baker, CA, 1981-1983.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (FAMC), Department of Psychiatry, (first CNS at FAMC)) Denver, CO, 1974-1977.
Chief Officer, Nursing Education, US Army Community Hospital (re-established department after 8 year suspension due to Vietnam War), Fort Carson, CO, 1970-71
Clinical Head Nurse, Surgical Nursing Unit, US Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, CO, 1970.
Clinical Nurse, Critical Care, PACU, 8th Field Hospital, Na Trang, Vietnam, (Vietnam War) 1969-1970.
Clinical Nurse, Pediatrics, 91st Evacuation Hospital, Phu Hiep, Vietnam, (Vietnam War) 1969.
Colonel Golightly-Jenkins’(R) leading-edge, principal and sustained military nursing contributions include the BSN as gold standard nursing education eligibility for US Army nurse officer appointment and commission. This landmark endeavor, developed in collaboration with the US Secretary of Education, led to Congressional approval of promotion equity and branch immaterial assignments, including command, for nurse officers, first executed by the US Army Active and Reserve Component and subsequently by the US Air Force and US Navy. Further, Colonel Golightly-Jenkins’(R) trailblazing military contributions include formulation and interpretation of military accessions program policy leading to structured, expanded and sustained national recruitment of BSN nursing ROTC students for appointment and commission as US Army nurse officers.
Dr. Golightly-Jenkins’ continued engagement in innovative thought leadership, and developing transformative, adaptive solutions in complex business and health care organizations led to psychiatric clinical service line establishment and sustainment since 2000 in south Texas’ largest health care system. Dr. Golightly-Jenkins’ proficiency in strategic development and structured collaborative practice relationships resulted in building communities and partnerships, optimized for sustaining quality and high reliability among industry and academic partners. Her expertise includes integral theory applications to health professions, education and leadership practice. She is a skilled change strategist adept at guiding organizational change in complex adaptive systems in exploiting opportunities for care improvement and innovation. Dr. Golightly-Jenkins is an Assistant Professor at University of Texas Health at San Antonio, School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences where she engages in preparing the next generation of nurses and advanced practice scientists. Dr. Golightly-Jenkins’ executive leadership practice also includes coaching healthcare and business leaders; consultation, and specializing in transitions to nursing practice and executive competency.
Colonel Golightly-Jenkins’(R) 2017 induction to Tuskegee University ROTC Military Hall of Fame is a standout among her professional, community, military and service recognition awards including selection among six nurse officers for early promotion to Major in 1977; and the sole US Army Nurse Corps officer selected for early promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 1981; NAACP Woman of Accomplishment Award, Wiesbaden, Germany; Legends Award for Health Education, Coalition of 100 Black Women; Nursing Leadership Award, Medical Center Rotary, San Antonio, TX; and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) Image Maker Award. Dr. Golightly-Jenkins is a member of the US Army War College Foundation, American Organization of Nurse Executives and serves as Vice President, Executive Board of Gemini Ink, San Antonio, TX Literary Society for readers and writers. Dr. Golightly-Jenkins was married to the late Odis D. Jenkins, II for 40 years. They are parents of two adult children and (grandparents) two granddaughters.