Jim Whyte is currently a Professor of Nursing at the Florida State University College of Nursing in Tallahassee Florida. He began his professional life in the Marines and was later selected for a commissioning program during which he selected Nurse Corps option. He served in a variety of nursing roles during his Navy career, until he retired after 22 years of service. He holds a doctorate in Nursing from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Leicester in England. His research has three primary foci. The first is focused on the development of expert performance and decision-making skill acquisition in nurses and other healthcare professionals. The second is in the care of highly vulnerable populations, with a focus on people living with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, Jim has an active engagement with evaluation research in health care settings designed to establish the efficacy of nursing care related practices. His work has resulted in advances in measurement and cultivation of expert performance in nurses, the classification of novice clinical behaviors and cognitions and contributed to novel approaches to patient care, including the care of people living with HIV/AIDS.