NEWS | September 23, 2020

UC Davis nursing professor named fellow in Academy of Nursing Education


The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announces that Clinical Professor Amy Nichols is among the distinguished nurse educators inducted into the prestigious National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education.

As director of clinical simulation, Amy Nichols designs simulation programs and ensures best practices. As director of clinical simulation, Amy Nichols designs simulation programs and ensures best practices.

Nichols, who serves as director of clinical simulation, is the first faculty from the School of Nursing to receive the honor. She is among 15 leading nurse educators inducted at the Honors Convocation during the 2020 NLN Education Summit, which was retooled for a virtual format this year. Members of the 14th class of fellows teach in a range of programs across the spectrum of higher education and are affiliated with leading teaching hospitals and other organizations committed to advancing the quality of health care in the U.S. and globally.

"I congratulate each of these outstanding individuals. They represent the enterprise, creativity and drive that is the foundation of excellence in nursing education, more evident than ever in today’s challenging pandemic teaching environment,” said Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, NLN president.

In a competitive application process, reviewers evaluate applicants’ contributions to innovative teaching and learning strategies, nursing education research, faculty development activities, academic leadership, promotion of public policy initiatives, and educational, practice, or community partnerships.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my expertise in graduate nursing education and my unconditional support of student success,” Nichols said. “I am grateful to all the students who have crossed my path who have made me strive for excellence in my academic career.”

As director of clinical simulation, Nichols assists in designing new simulation programs, ensures the success and best practice of current simulation education and also develops simulation workshops for faculty and staff. As a clinical professor, she serves as a specialty content expert in maternal child health, evidence-based practice and curriculum and instructional design. She also serves as chair for the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group.

"Dr. Nichols has demonstrated enduring leadership by developing nursing education approaches that change our student career trajectories by elevating their practice competency,” said Stephen Cavanagh, dean. “We are lucky to have her among our faculty. Her work in simulation continues to advance the science of nursing education and significantly contributes to the knowledge and preparation of our students.”

The Academy of Nursing Education fosters excellence in nursing education by recognizing the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators. Fellows serve as mentors and resources for new educators and those in clinical practice who hope to someday enter the ranks of nurse faculty.

About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis transforms health care through interprofessional nursing education and research. Established in 2009 through a $100 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the school offers five graduate areas of study, including doctoral and master’s-degree programs in nursing science and health-care leadership and master’s-degree programs for pre-licensure nurses, family nurse practitioners and physician assistants, with a focus on preparing primary-care providers for rural and underserved communities. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of UC Davis Health, an integrated, academic health system encompassing the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center and the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit