Jonas III Nurse Leader Scholar Alumni

Nakia C. Best, MSN, RN

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Nakia Best- Jonas Scholar III AlumniNakia Best obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Winston-Salem State University. After completing her degree, she practiced nursing in cardiovascular intermediate care, cardiovascular surgical step-down, and cardiothoracic surgical intensive care units. She served as a staff and charge nurse and preceptor for new staff, where she discovered her passion for teaching. Ms. Best also held a supervisor/educator position. She continued her education and obtained a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Over the past four years, she has taught undergraduate courses at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Ms. Best’s research interests include using telehealth in underserved populations to decrease health disparities, improve patient outcomes and health care delivery, and increase patient access to care. Ms. Best is currently enrolled in the PhD in Nursing program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is committed to becoming a leader in her field and to pursuing a career in both research and academia teaching on completion of the doctoral degree.