Mrs. Nichols is serving her first year on the Board after having been appointed by the Vernon Parish Police Jury. She is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Northwestern State University and serves as Nursing Coordinator for the Leesville/Ft. Polk campus. She recently retired from active bedside nursing with 30 years as a critical care registered nurse. Mrs. Nichols is a certified Critical Care Registered Nurse as well as a Certified Nurse Educator. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from McNeese State University and is currently enrolled at University of Louisiana at Monroe, working on her Educational Doctorate. Her areas of interest are behavioral health and developmental disabilities.