Amy A. Nichols, Ed.D., R.N., C.N.S., C.H.S.E.
Director of Clinical Simulation and Clinical Professor
Amy Nichols is the director of clinical simulation and a clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. As director of clinical simulation, Nichols leads design of new simulation programs, ensures the success of current simulation education and also develops simulation workshops for faculty and staff. She works closely with the UC Davis Center for Virtual Care and the California Simulation Alliance. As a clinical professor, Nichols serves as a specialty content expert in maternal child health for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and also teaches courses in research and evidence-based practice in the Master of Science — Nurse Practitioner and Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies degree programs. Her background is in maternal-child nursing, women’s health, leadership and simulation.
Nichols’ academic interests include the preparation of new nurses as leaders in quality and safety, advocacy for diverse patient populations and change agents for healthier families and communities. She also has extensive knowledge with the use of simulation-based learning and transforming curriculums using this methodology.
Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Nichols taught as an associate professor of nursing for 20 years at San Francisco State University School of Nursing and adjunct faculty in University of San Francisco School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She is also associated with online course instruction at Walden University in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Nichols was previously a hospital nursing director and clinical nurse specialist in perinatal nursing, caring for high-risk pregnant women and their families.
Nichols earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Design from the University of San Francisco. She also earned a Master of Science in Perinatal Nursing from UCSF. Nichols has been published in several nursing and medical journals in the areas of nursing education, simulation, leadership and perinatal nursing, including The Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, Journal of Teaching Exceptional Children, Geriatric Nursing, Journal of Nursing Administration and Clinical Nurse Specialist: A Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice.