BHS & BSC alumnus Brandon Jones, President/Virginia Board of Nursing
BHS & BSC alumnus Brandon Jones, President/Virginia Board of Nursing

A Bluefield High School and Bluefield State alumnus, Brandon Jones, MSN, RN, CEN, NEA-BC has been elected by his Board of Nursing colleagues to begin his term as President of the Virginia Board of Nursing.  Jones began serving on the board following gubernatorial appointment in 2019.  Working along with board staff, the Board of Nursing licenses and regulates the Commonwealth’s more than 250,000 practitioners across a range of nursing professions and approximately 150 pre-licensure nursing education programs.  Widely acclaimed as a “patient experience warrior,” Jones is currently the System Patient Experience Manager for Carilion Clinic and also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty for Virginia Western Community College.   

His journey to become a patient advocate began in Bluefield.  “After graduating from Bluefield High (in 2003), I knew I wanted to be a nurse,” he recalled.  “My mom (Jeanneine, a BSC Nursing graduate) was a critical care nurse and manager at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.  She instilled in me an appreciation for what it means to be a nurse—the privilege of caring for others.”

Jones received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Bluefield State, then began working in the BRMC Intensive Care Unit, pursuing a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree while he worked.  “I received a very patient-centered nursing education at Bluefield State,” he said.  “The BSC nursing faculty brought everything back to the patient.”

After three years at BRMC, Jones accepted a position at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, soon taking on a leadership role as a clinical team leader, and in 2011 becoming a Unit Director.  “Our vision was to become more patient-centered, which helped to transform the culture of the Emergency Department,” he continued.

Four years ago, Jones moved into a fulltime patience experience role, broadening his focus from a unit level, to all of the Carilion Clinic system.  His work is focused on promoting and advocating for patient-centered care.  He also works to center nurses, doctors, and all caregivers on their purpose and reduce patient and caregiver suffering. Along the way, he’s received numerous awards for his work and has presented patient experience programs at Carilion and throughout the nation, addressing purpose-driven healthcare and purpose-driven nursing. 

“My goal is to help nurses and health care reconnect to our purpose of caring for patients” Jones explained,” he said.  “This builds resiliency in the nursing community because nurses can see the fruit of their work, which is absolutely the most satisfying part of the job.”