Judy Akin Palmer, PHD, MSN, RN, PHN

Nursing Director, School of Health Sciences

Judy Palmer, PhD

Dr. Judy Palmer is an innovative nurse educator devoted to promoting excellence in advanced nursing education. In addition to her clinical background with neuroscience, neuro-intensive care, advanced wound care, trauma, orthopedics, general surgery, and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Palmer developed a strong foundation in nursing education, online education, educational technology, and higher education. Dr. Palmer has a Ph.D. in Postsecondary Adult Education with her dissertation focus on Nursing Education, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). She is a California licensed Registered Nurse (R.N.) and certified Public Health Nurse (PHN).

Dr. Palmer served as the West Region Director for the American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses (ASPSN), Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee (ASPSN), and Chair of the Southern California Chapter (ASPSN). She was a co-author of Plastic Surgery Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice that was approved and recognized by the American Nursing Association, Congress of Nursing, and House of Delegates as a nursing specialty. Dr. Palmer is a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN), American Nurses Association, American Nurses Association / California, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (STTI). She enjoys building collegial relationships through organizational involvement and was the Keynote Speaker on Nursing Leadership for the (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing Xi Theta's 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Before joining Northcentral University (NCU), Dr. Palmer served as the founding Specialization Faculty/Program Lead and Core Faculty for the Ph.D. Nursing Education program in the School of Education (SOE) at Capella University. She also served as the first Colloquia/Residency Lead, facilitator, and content developer for the SOE Ph.D. Track 1 sessions. She received the Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty Award (2013/2014) for outstanding leadership and contributions to the SOE. Dr. Palmer brings her enthusiasm for online education, course development, faculty/student engagement strategies, multi-departmental communications, and program development to her role as Program Director for Nursing in the School of Health Sciences (SHS) at NCU.