Lee Anne Nichols

Leanne Nichols

Associate Professor of NursingChapman Hall 301

Dr. Nichols graduated in 1994 with a PhD in nursing clinical research. She did a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama Civitan International Research Center. Her program of research is with American Indian families with children with developmental disabilities. She has developed a conceptual model, Harmony Ethos, about American Indian family adaptation. Dr. Nichols has also developed in partnership with other American Indian nurse leaders a Native American Indian nurse leadership curriculum and model. She conducts research on American Indian nurse leadership and teaches a leadership conference for Indian Health Service.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Post-doctoral Clinical Research - UAB Civitan International Research Center 1994-1996 
  • Ph.D. Clinical Research- University of Arizona 1994
  • MS Maternal/Child Nursing - University of Arizona 1986
  • BSN Nursing - Arizona State University 1979 

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Nursing 2254 and 2264- Adult Circulation, Communicable Diseases, Contraceptives, Culture
  • Nursing 3154 and 3164- Hemostasis, Neonatal/Pediatric grief
  • Nursing 3254 and 3264- Surgical Nursing, Maternal-Child Substance Abuse, Culture
  • Nursing 4154 and 4164- Burns, Culture, Pediatric Respiratory Nursing, Pediatric Cancer
  • AHS 4043- Research, Review of Literature, Ethics and Legal, Qualitative Research Design, Proposal writing
  • Nursing 3274, 4174- Community Health Clinicals

Areas of Research Focus

  • Community health,
  • American Indian families with children with developmental disabilities,
  • Maternal-child nursing
  • Conduct research with Indian communities,
  • American Indian nurse leadership

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Arizona State University 1996-1998
  • Langston University 1998-1999

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Clinical nursing in neonatal intensive care nursing 1979-1994

Professional Affiliations

  • National Alaskan Native American Indian Nursing Association
  • National Ethnic Minority Nursing Association

Awards & Recognition

  • First place for poster presentation (out of 54 posters) at the National League of Nursing Leadership Conference, Orlando FL. A Different Worldview: Native American Nurse Leadership by Martha Baker and Lee Anne Nichols 2008
  • Selected to read the Pinning narratives at the School of Nursing Award and Recognition Ceremony on May 4, 2007
  • Nominated for TU CBA Excellence in Teaching Award 2007
  • National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association Summit (NANAINA). Honored for work with NANAINA—received a Pendleton Blanket—at NANAINA Honoring Banquet. (November, 2006)
  • National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association Summit (NANAINA). Honored for work with NANAINA—received a bear claw beaded bracelet—at NANAINA Honoring Banquet. (November, 2005)
  • Recognized for work with American Indian populations by American Nurses Association, Director, Dr. Fay Gary.(November, 2005)


  • Callister, L. C. (2005) Toward evidence-based practice: The Infant Caring Process Among Cherokee Mothers by Lee Anne Nichols. Maternal-Child Nursing, 30, (1), 70-71. (Review of article)

  • Nichols, L. A. (2004). The Infant Caring Process Among Cherokee Mothers. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 22(3), 1-28

  • Nichols, L. A. (2004). Native American Nurse Leadership. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 15(3), 177-183

  • Nichols, L. A. & Baker, M. (2008). Pathways to Leadership: Developing a Culturally Competent Leadership Curriculum for American Indian Nurses. In Transforming Nursing Education: The Culturally Inclusive Environment. (Eds. M. D. Pharris & S. D. Bosher) Springer Publishing: NY

  • Nichols, L. A., & Keltner, B. (2005). Indian family adjustment to children with disabilities. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center, 12(1), 22-48

  • Nichols, L. A., Parker, J. G., & Henley, S. (2008). Exploring Global Health Ethics from an American Indian Perspective in The Globalisation of Nursing: Ethical, Legal, & Political Issues (Eds, V. Tschudin & A. J. Davis), Radcliffe Publishing Ltd: UK

  • Nichols, L. A., Struthers, R., & Parker, J. G. (in press). Factors that Affect Ethical Issues and Health Care in Native American Tribes. (Nursing Ethics)

  • Struthers, R. and Nichols, L. A. (2004). Utilization of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations: Implications for Reducing Health Disparities. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 22, 285-313

  • Struthers, R., Boyle, J., Lauderdale, J., Nichols, L. A., Strickland, J., Tom-Orme, L. Respecting Tribal Traditions in Research and Publications: Voices of Five Native American Nurse Scholars. (2005) Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 16, (3), 193-201