Nakia C. Best

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Assistant Professor
Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018, Nursing
Post Masters, Johns Hopkins University, 2012, Applied Health Informatics
MSN, UNC Greensboro, 2007, Nursing Education
BSN, Winston-Salem State University, 1998, Nursing


University of California, Irvine
120C Berk Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
school nurses, school health, student outcomes, informatics
Academic Distinctions
2018 UNC-Chapel Hill Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Honor Society
2018 UNC-Greensboro University Libraries’ Information Literacy Course Dev. Award
2015 UNC Center for Faculty Excellence Future Faculty Fellowship Program
2015 2nd Place People’s Choice Award: Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics Univ of MD
2015 Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety
2012 Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, Jonas III Nurse Leader Scholar
2012 J&J-American Association of Colleges of Nursing Minority Faculty Scholar
2011 Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Scholar
Research Abstract
I leverage data to advocate for children and adolescents attending K-12 schools to have equitable, daily access to a full-time certified/credentialed school nurse.
Awards and Honors
2019 Journal of School Nursing (JOSN)/Sage Publication Scholarly Writing Award
Best, N. C., Nichols, A.O., Oppewal, S., Pierre-Louis, B., Waller, A.E., Zomorodi, M., & Travers D. (2021). The impact of school nurse health services and school nurse-to-student ratios in North Carolina public schools, 2011-2016. Journal of School Health. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/josh.13025
Hamilton, J. B., Best, N. C., Barney, T. A., Worth, V. C., & Phillips, N. R. (2021). Using spirituality to cope with COVID-19: The experiences of African American breast cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Education, 1-7. doi: 10.1007/s13187-021-01974-8
Best, N. C., Nichols, A.O., Oppewal, S., Pierre-Louis, B., Waller, A.E., Zomorodi, M., & Travers D. An Appraisal of School Nurse Health Services and Programs in North Carolina Public Schools, 2006-2016. (2020). Journal of School Nursing. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1177/1059840519899439
Miller, T.N., Matthie, N., Best, N. C., Price, M. A. & Hamilton, J. B. (2020). Intergenerational Influences on faith-based strategies used in response to racial discrimination among young African American Adults. Journal of the National Medical Association.
Best, N. C., Oppewal, S., & Travers, D. (2018). Response to letter to the editor for “Exploring school nurse interventions and health and education outcomes: An integrative review.” Journal of School Nursing, 34, 343. doi:10.1177/1059840518791230
Best, N. C., Oppewal, S., & Travers, D. (2018). Exploring school nurse interventions and health and education outcomes: An integrative review. Journal of School Nursing, 34, 14-27. doi:10.1177/1059840517745359
Hamilton, J.B., Best, N. C., Wells, J.S., & Worthy, V.C. (2018). Making sense of loss: Perspectives of African American family members who have experienced the death of a close family member. Palliative and Supportive Care, 16, 662-668. doi:10.1017/S1478951517000955
Hamilton, J. B., Stewart, J. M., Thompson, K., Alverez, C., Best, N. C., Amoah, K., & Carlton-LaNey, I. B. (2017). Young African American adults’ use of religious songs to manage stressful life events. Journal of Religion and Health, 56, 329-344. doi:10.1007/s10943-016-0288-6
Hamilton, J. B., Worthy, V. C., & Moore, A. D., Best, N. C., Stewart, J. M. & Song, M. K. (2017). Messages of hope: Helping family members to overcome fears and fatalistic attitudes toward cancer. Journal of Cancer Education, 32, 190-197. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0895-z
2019-2021 "School Nurse Factors Associated with Medication Administration Accuracy and School Nurse Case Management for Students with Chronic Health Conditions" funded by National Association for School Nurses. (Role: PI)
2020-2021 "The Impact of COVID-19 on School Nurses and School Health Services" funded by University of California, Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Campus-Community Research Incubator Grant ($15,000 total costs). Role: PI
2022-2023 "COVID-19 and the transformation of school nurses and school health services: Revisioning School Nursing Services" funded by NIH Community Engagement Alliance/UCLA CTSI CEAL/Stop COVID-19 CA 21-312-0217571-66106L ($150,000 total costs) Role: PI
Professional Societies
American Nurses Association
American Public Health Association
California School Nurses Organization
Orange County School Nurses Organization
National Association of School Nurses
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