ANA\C Education Director: Robyn M. Nelson, PhD, MSN, RN  

Dr. Robyn Nelson has been a member of ANA/C since the organization began—she believes all educators have a responsibility to role model support of professional organizations—and ANA/C is a vital voice for academia . She brings over 45 years of experience in higher education from public and private nursing programs, including Chair of the Division of Nursing at CSU Sacramento, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Touro University in Nevada, and Dean of the College of Nursing at West Coast University. Nelson is a site visitor for the regional accreditor WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). She has over 25 years' experience teaching NCLEX review classes, and is co-author of Davis’s “NCLEX-RN Success” (3rd ed). She is also an active member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, the California Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the CA BRN Nursing Education Workforce Advisory Committee (NEWAC). Nelson earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loma Linda University, her Master of Science in Nursing from Boston University, and her PhD in Nursing Administration from the University of California at San Francisco. When describing her view of leadership, Nelson remarked, “Life is full of challenges and opportunities rather than threats and harm. If we support our colleagues and the students who trust us with their futures, those challenges and opportunities consistently bring great success”