Professor Hicks, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., is Professor and Director of Nursing at Carthage College. He received his BSN from Indiana University at Indianapolis, a MS and PhD in Nursing Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in nursing and neurobehavior at the University of Michigan. Prof. Hicks’ scholarship focused on decision-making processes of providers and patients, as well as aspects of philosophy of nursing science and theory development. His most recent scholarship has examined the benefits of simulation vs. clinical experience in nursing students, and the long-term outcomes of nurse residency programs.
Prof. Hicks’ clinical background includes positions in medical and surgical critical care areas. He has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, assistant head nurse, and preceptor, as well as Clinical Nurse Specialist for the heart transplant program at Rush University Medical Center.
He has taught at Indiana University Northwest, Loyola University Chicago, and Rush University College of Nursing. While at Rush, as assistant dean for academic affairs, Prof. Hicks led the development and implementation of the pre-licensure and post-licensure Clinical Nurse Leader master’s degree programs. For more than 20 years, he has been recognized as an excellent teacher, having won Teacher of the Year for the Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola Chicago, Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Beta Chapter Excellence in Education award, and the Excellence in Education for Rush University. He was chosen as a Illinois Board of Higher Education Nursing Education Fellow in 2014 and received certification as a nurse educator (CNE) from the National League of Nursing.
Prof. Hicks is a past fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing (LANP) program, and recently completed the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership program. Professor Hicks is also a site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE-the accrediting arm of the AACN) for academic and nurse residency programs.
Prof. Hicks has taught at Indiana University Northwest, Loyola University Chicago, and Rush University College of Nursing, and has been recognized as an excellent teacher for more than 20 years. His clinical background includes positions in medical and surgical critical care areas.
Director of Nursing, Professor of Nursing
- B.S.N. — Indiana University at Indianapolis
- M.S., nursing sciences — University of Illinois at Chicago
- Ph.D., nursing sciences — University of Illinois at Chicago
- Post-doctoral Fellowship in Nursing and Neurobehavior — University of Michigan
- NSG 1050 Contemporary Professional Nursing
- NSG 2012 Core Concepts for Nursing Practice
- NSG 3012 Nursing Practice I: Improving Adult Health Outcomes
- NSG 3015 Assuring Quality and Safety in Health Care Environments
- NSG 4024 Leading Systems of Care to Improve Health Care Outcomes
- NGS 4026 Advanced Clinical Synthesis and Capstone