Ms. Billie Jean Kosak is a psychiatric-mental health nurse and Assistant Professor at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky. She was educated initially at the associate degree level and worked as a med-surg nurse in Lexington, Ky. Since then, Ms. Kosak has worked in critical care, occupational health, hospice and home care. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of the State of New York in 1992 and worked with psychiatric and chemically dependent clients. In 1998, BJ received her Master of Science degree at the University of Cincinnati. "It was difficult to choose a focus of study because I really liked working as a nurse in a chemical company, but I also liked working with psychiatric clients. I decided on the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse focus because I saw the need to contribute another cultural perspective to the team."
Ms. Kosak is an active member of the National Black Nurses Association and has contributed articles to the Summer newsletter. She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. Most recently, she has been recruited as a spokesperson on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) with the Southeast Regional Training Center, located in Nashville, Tennessee.