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 O´Keefe PhD, JD, RN

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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The Humanitarian Side of a PhD in Nursing

People with PhDs in Nursing are some of the kindest and most intelligent people we have on the planet. They´re also hard workers and enjoy passing their knowledge onto others. The very nature of their work is humanitarian, and has the potential to improve the care that thousands of people receive through the advancements made during research and the innovative work of Doctors of Nursing. If you´re planning to complete this degree, here are some of the colleagues already in this field.

Susan Larsen Beck PhD, APRN, FAAN, AOCN

Susan Larsen Beck PhD, APRN, FAAN, AOCN is a faculty member at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She teaches on the doctoral program.

With more than 30 years´ experience as an advanced practice oncology nurse, Susan holds national credentials as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN).

Susan´s research interests include the management of symptoms in cancer patients and interventions to improve the quality and outcomes of care.

Her most recent work has focused on testing tools to improve the measurement of the quality of care relating to pain management in individuals with cancer or receiving surgery for a potential cancer.

Susan served as Principal Investigator for the University Hospital’s Program to Improve Patient Care from 1989-1995.

In 1996, she was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where she conducted multiple studies related to cancer pain management.

She is currently one of the principal investigators working on a multi-site clinical trial of a nursing intervention to mitigate cancer treatment-related symptoms in older men with prostate cancer (funded by the National Cancer Institute).

Susan is also leading a study to develop a tool to measure the quality of nursing and interdisciplinary care related to pain management in the acute care setting, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative.

Susan is a member of the Huntsman Cancer Institute Cancer Control and Population Science Program and served on Advisory Boards of the Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center and the Pain and Palliative Medicine Program at HCI.

She was a member of the Oncology Nursing Society´s (ONS) Oncology Nurse Sensitive Outcomes Team and helped to lead the Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP) project, which has now won two national awards.

Susan received the ONS Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and the University of Utah Distinguished Doctoral Student Mentor Award in 2007. She was named the ONS Distinguished Nurse Researcher in 2013. 

Linda Edelman RN, PhD

Linda Edelman RN, PhD has experience in basic science and clinical/nursing research. She received a Masters of Philosophy in Experimental Pathology at the University of Utah in 1993 where she specialized in molecular immunology. Then she earned a BSN from the University of Utah College of Nursing in 1995. For the next 17 years, she utilized her basic science and nursing backgrounds in her work as Research Coordinator for the University of Utah Burn Center. During that time, she was involved with the design, conduct, and analysis of multidisciplinary clinical research studies pertaining to burn injuries. Linda is an active member of the Western Institute of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Public Health Association. Linda joined the faculty at the University of Utah College of Nursing in 2008 and looks forward to fostering a new generation of nurse researchers through teaching and mentorship. She has taught on the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program (Advanced Pathophysiology I and II and Evidenced Based Practice I and II), the PhD program (Data Management and Quality) and the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program (Physiology and Psychology of Nursing). She advises DNP, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and PhD graduate students. Linda is a 2010 John A. Hartford and Atlantic Philanthropies Claire M. Fagin Fellow. Her research focuses on injuries occurring to older adults living in rural areas, and the triage of injured rural and urban older adults to trauma care.