Aara Amidi-Nouri

Aara is Associate Professor, Chair of the BSN Program, and Director of Diversity at Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing.

She has served as the Project Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholarship program at Samuel Merritt University since 2009.

Aara is also the Project Director for The California Wellness Foundation grant, Bridging The Gap. To date, she has secured approximately $950,000 in grant funds for underrepresented nursing students for scholarships and innovative programs for student retention.

Aara teaches on both bachelor's and master's programs. Her clinical expertise is in pediatrics, particularly hematology/oncology, and end of life.

She has given numerous presentations on pediatric palliative care, as well as cultural competency, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Aara is deeply committed to providing culturally responsive care to children and their families, and teaches extensively on this topic. She authored a chapter on Culturally Responsive Care in Berman and Snyder's Nursing Fundamentals Textbook.

Aara is a member of a number of professional associations including Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Her past service includes President of the faculty governing body and Chair of the Admissions and Progression Committee.

Aara was recently awarded the Strommen-Dillashaw Award for outstanding service to the University. She completed her Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, where her dissertation was nominated for the Dissertation of the Year Award.

Aara earned her nursing undergraduate and master's degrees from Samuel Merritt University, and her first undergraduate degree in psychology from Occidental College.

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Mary is a lawyer who is also a registered nurse with a doctor of philosophy in nursing. She is a certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (CNS Psych/Mental Health), and has extensive training in alternate dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Mary is a Professor in the UTMB School of Nursing, Galveston, Texas, where she has been awarded the Constance Brewer Koomey Endowed Professorship in Nursing and is recognized as an University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Mary is also a Professor in the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, a Clinical Associate Professor in the UTMB School of Medicine, and a Visiting Professor in the Shantou University Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Shantou, China.

Mary has published a series of textbooks known as Nursing Practice and the Law: Avoiding Malpractice and Other Legal Risks. She has a pending publication entitled Policy, Power, & Politics: Creating the Leadership Potential in Nursing Practice.

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