Dr. Jackeline Biddle Richard

Accomplished Law, Nursing and Education Professional

Jackeline Biddle Richard, JD, DNP, RN, CNE is an accomplished professional with a diverse background. Her journey began as a teen mom and evolved into a remarkable career spanning nursing, law, and education. She holds an associate in applied sciences in nursing from Brookdale Community College, a bachelor’s in nursing (BSN) from Monmouth University, a juris doctor (JD) from Rutgers, the New Jersey State University- Newark, and a doctor in nursing practice (DNP) from UMDNJ / Rutgers Biomedical Sciences Center.

She embarked on her nursing career in the surgical intensive care unit, first, at a small community hospital and later continued it at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, specializing in neuro-trauma intensive care while she put herself through law school. Following her legal studies, she practiced law for over a decade, focusing on criminal defense, personal injury, business, and nursing disciplinary defense. Her transition into higher education came after earning her DNP, leading to over a decade of teaching in nursing associates, baccalaureate, graduate, and DNP programs as well as associate dean, dean of nursing, and sr. director of student affairs leadership roles in nursing schools.  

Throughout her professional journey, Dr. Richard has been dedicated to advocating for social justice, equity, and access while combating racism in law, healthcare, and nursing education. Recently, she founded JBR Immigration, a law practice committed to advocating for the rights of immigrants and immigration policy reform.

Additionally, she co-founded the Society of Latinx Nurses (SOLN) and sits on its board of directors.  SOLN is a national nursing organization with a mission to increase diversity in the nursing workforce, while providing a safe space free away from bullying and racism within the nursing profession.  She represents SOLN as a commissioner on the renowned American Nurses Association’s National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing where she is charged to bring their work to healthcare organizations in her community. 

Dr. Richard is the past president of the Texas Nurses Association District 1 Chapter here in El Paso and she is the founder of the Soy Maravillosa Afro Latinx Initiative and Podcast.  She is the former president of the NAACP El Paso Branch and was recently recognized as an Emerging Civil Rights Leader in El Paso. 

Outside of her professional endeavors, Dr. Richard is a financial literacy educator.  She is a proud mother of an amazing adult son and an avid reader who enjoys spending time with her chihuahua and Puggle, Latin dancing, live music, and the performing arts.