Nichols honored with Medicine Wheel Award

Lee Anne Nichols, associate professor of nursing in the College of Health Sciences, is making a difference for some marginalized groups within the Tulsa community. For her service, she was honored last month with The University of Tulsa’s 2015 Medicine Wheel Award for faculty.

Service to our citizens and community is central to the mission of TU, and the Medicine Wheel Award honors selfless faculty, staff and students.

Two of Nichols’ favorite activities are providing flu clinics at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless and interventions at the Tulsa Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic with her students. She also assists with weekly and holiday dinners at the Mental Health Association, monthly dinners at the Day Center and various church activities.

An American Indian, Nichols also focuses on improving the health of Native Americans. She serves as an official mentor for Native American Nursing students through a program affiliated with the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. Nichols’ leadership roles include serving as mentor, board member and conference director for the National Alaska Native American Indian Nursing Association and as a board member of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. She also is as an objective reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.