Aara Amidi-Nouri, PhD, RN

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  • 2014 Fellow
    Aara Amidi-Nouri

Associate Professor/Chair, BSN Program /Director of Diversity

Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, CA

Dr. Amidi-Nouri is Associate Professor, Chair of the BSN Program, and Director of Diversity at Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing. Dr. Amidi-Nouri has served as the Project Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholarship program at Samuel Merritt University since 2009. She 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. She teaches in 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.  She is deeply committed to providing culturally responsive care to children and their families, and teaches extensively on this topic, and authored a chapter on Culturally Responsive Care in Berman and Snyder's Nursing Fundamentals Textbook. She 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.  She was recently awarded the Strommen-Dillashaw Award for outstanding service to the University.  She earned her Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, where her dissertation was nominated for the Dissertation of the Year Award.  She earned her nursing undergraduate and master's degrees from Samuel Merritt University, and her first undergraduate degree in psychology from Occidental College.