Health Care Ethics and Law; and Pharmacology
Ph.D. Nursing Education, Capella University (currently enrolled)
M.S.N. Nursing, Coppin State College, 2003
B.S.N. Nursing, Coppin State College, 1998
Licensed Practical Nursing Certification and Licensure, 1991
Serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Biomedical Sciences program at Hodges University since fall 2015, Amelia Bell-Hawkins has an extensive background in nursing and education. Her previous work experience includes working in various nursing capacities, including hemodialysis for 16 years; pediatric home care; oncology, telemetry and long-term care; and serving as a visiting nurse performing follow up home visits for patients recently discharged from the hospital.
Since 2003, her involvement in academia and nursing education includes teaching at her alma mater, Coppin State College. There she worked as a full-time faculty member, teaching courses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs; she taught pharmacology for the Health Information Management program; and was a CAN/GNA theory and clinical instructor for I.T. Works career development program. Also at Coppin State, she was chair of the Masters in Nursing program, served as the coordinator for the CAN/GNA Training program, and she was the coordinator for the Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Nursing Certificate program.
Relocating to Fort Myers in August 2013, she continues to work in a nonprofit primary care practice for the Health Care Network of Southwest Florida, in which she takes care of migrant workers and immigrants predominantly of Haitian and Hispanic ethnicities.
Her involvements in professional organizations include being selected as a content expert for the American Nurses Credentialing Center; is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, and is a charter member for the Fort Myers alumni chapter – Mu Delta Sigma; is a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority/Fraternity; and is a Mary Mahoney Honor Society inductee (1998).
She has co-authored two articles published by the Journal of Nurse Practitioners: “Criminal Background Checks in Nursing: Safeguarding the Public?” and “Surrogate Decision-Making: How to Promote Best Outcomes in Difficult Times.”