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Amy Garcia, DNP, MSN, RN, FAAN

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Clinical Associate Professor, School Of Nursing

Professional Background

Dr. Amy Garcia is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Practice at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, department of Innovation and Practice. She has expertise in leadership, health policy and informatics.
Previously, Amy served as a Director and Chief Nursing Officer for Cerner Corporation from 2013-2017 specializing in nursing documentation, scheduling and staffing systems.
Dr. Garcia served as the Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Programs Officer for the American Nurses Association from 2011-2012. She served as a key member of the executive team, and was responsible for all public facing programs, including policy, advocacy, ethics, work environment and quality of care.
Dr. Garcia served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of School Nurses from 2006-2011. Her work at NASN included policy, advocacy, programs and research support for children’s health and the profession of school nursing.
Amy has experience in direct patient care, hospital administration and risk management. She holds a Masters in Nursing Science from Wichita State University and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from American Sentinel University.

Education and Training
  • AA, Radiologic Technology, Hutchinson Community Junior College
  • BSN, Nursing, Wichita State University
  • MSN, Nursing, Wichita State University
  • DNP, Nursing Leadership, American Sentinel University
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • CENP, Kansas State Board of Nurisng
  • Georgia Board of Nursing
Professional Affiliations
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Chapter, Chair, 2021 - Present
  • American Medical Informatics Association, American Medical Informatics Association, Member, 2017 - Present
  • American Medical Informatics Association, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Chapter, Member, 2017 - 2022



Dr. Garcia is currently leading the COVID Impact in Nurses Study (COINS), a longitudinal study examining the well-being of nurses in acute, ambulatory and long-term care.
She is interested in harmonizing data to be sharable and comparable within and across organizations. She has developed techniques for integrating clinical and operational data to establish optimal nurse staffing. Her work on variability in patient acuity established a foundation for ongoing research on the value of nursing.
Dr. Garcia has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications on nurse staffing, acuity and healthcare safety. Dr. Garcia served as the technical writer for the ANA’s Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards Across the Care Continuum.