The National League for Nursing declared 2022 the Year of the Nurse Educator to celebrate the essential contributions of nurse educators to public health and nurses everywhere. Nursing Professional Development (NPD) is an important specialized nursing practice that facilitates the professional role development and growth of nurses and other health care personnel along the continuum from novice to expert. We are proud of the work our committed NPD Specialists do to provide the highest level of quality professional development to the nursing profession.


Highlighted NPD specialists of the month: Kimiko McCulloch and Sandy Phan

NPDKimiko McCulloch, M.S.N., R.N., N.P.D.-B.C., C.I.C. and Sandy Phan, D.N.P., R.N., N.P.D.-B.C., C.R.R.N. coordinate the UC Davis Health Rising Nurse Leaders Program. This program is designed to develop aspiring and current frontline leaders and facilitate important succession planning. The Rising Nurse Leaders Program has been instrumental in many positive organizational outcomes, with many of its graduates promoting to progressive leadership positions, obtaining advanced degrees and specialty certifications, and effecting change with project initiatives.

Kimiko recently disseminated her incredible work with the program at the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Conference. She also presented a poster at the 2021 Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) Convention about her collective efforts to restructure our UC Davis Health Nursing Orientation to build an engaged workforce.

Kimiko also is a director of the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program. She was active in helping the program become accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. UC Davis New Graduate Nurse Residency Program at UC Davis Health is recognized by the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) as an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP). UC Davis Health recently welcomed our biggest cohort of residents in the 10 years of the program, at 64 nurses.


Dr. Sandy Phan joined the UC Davis Health team in March 2022 with experience in nursing professional development at Stanford Health Care. We are excited to announce that she was just published in the Journal of Nursing Professional Development, focused on promoting civility and addressing bullying in the workplace to support our new graduate nurses. Dr. Phan also presented a podium presentation and a poster presentation, winning a best poster award, at the ANPD Convention. Her podium presentation focused on NPD role development using the NPD scope and standards while her poster was on her doctoral work addressing bullying in new graduate nurses using simulation and cognitive rehearsal. She will be presenting a second poster in June at the Healthcare Con 2022 conference regarding developing nurse leaders through professional organizations and education.

NPDKimiko and Sandy are both involved with serving their local communities. Kimiko served as the president of the local chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC). Sandy functioned as the Association for Nurse Leaders (ACNL) South Bay Chapter Secretary on the Board of Directors and is currently a chair on the ANCL Sacramento Sierra Nurse Leaders Programming Committee. Kimiko and Sandy further serve as role models, being certified in NPD and a second specialty.