Raquel A. Brown earned her PhD at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University. She started her nursing education in a hospital-based diploma program in Jamaica, West Indies. She went on to study Care of the Critically-Ill and midwifery. She has worked in diverse care setting including medical, gynecology, Special Care Nursery/NICU, Intensive Care unit, antenatal clinic, ambulatory care, and clinical education.

Her thirst for knowledge and contributing to improved patient outcomes led her down a path to pursue the Masters of Science in Nursing Education, and later the PhD in Nursing. Raquel’s dissertation was a focused ethnography that explored the use of complementary therapies for diabetes mellitus in Jamaican adults in South Florida; a topic she wishes to explore further. Currently she teaches Foundations of Nursing Practice at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Raquel enjoys teaching and takes pleasure in seeing her students succeed. She has a penchant for creating things.

Recent Publications


  • Brown, R. A., & Chiang-Hanisko, L. (2019, October 17-20). A Focused Ethnography about Use of Complementary Therapies for Diabetes by Jamaican Adults in South Florida. Transcultural Nursing Organization Conference. October 2019: Richmond, VA, United States. 
  • Brown, R. A. (2022, April 14). Social determinants and self-care for diabetes. Iota Xi at-Large Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Research Night. April 2022: Online presentation via Zoom.
  • Brown, R. A. (2021, June 11). Supplemental self-care practices for diabetes used by Jamaican adults living in South Florida. Association of Black Nursing Faculty Conference. June 2021: Online presentation via Zoom.


  • Guest Lecture: 02/17/2019. Using ethnography as a research method and the importance of reflexivity. FAUCON. Qualitative Research Methods I, Doctoral Class. Boca Raton, FL.


  • International Association of Human Caring (IAHC) 2022 Leininger Culture Care Award