Amanda Higginbotham, MSN, RN, PHN

Associate Professor


  • MSN, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
  • BSN, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • NSG 1080: Professional Development I: Introduction to Nursing
  • NSG 4051: Nursing of Communities: Mental Health, Clinical Practicum
  • NSG 4060: Nursing of Communities: Community Health Focus
  • NSG 4061: Nursing of Communities: Community Health Focus Practicum
  • NSG 4091: Directed Clinical Studies in Nursing

Experience in Field

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego
    • Associate Professor for Public Health Nursing in Traditional Undergraduate Program, 2019-present
  • University of San Diego
    • Principal lecturer and team lead for both Psychiatric Nursing and Family Health Nursing in Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN), 2019-2022
    • Clinical supervisor in the MEPN Psychiatric Nursing, Family Health, and Community Health courses, 2019-2022
  • California State University, San Marcos
    • Principal lecturer, team lead, and clinical instructor in the Psychiatric Nursing course of the pre-licensure program, 2018-2021
  • Veterans Administration Hospital, San Diego
    • Registered Nurse of Center of Recovery Education (CORE): Outpatient, 2017-2019
    • Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Treatment (Inpatient), 2007-2019

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Operation Stand Down, Veterans Village of San Diego
  •  St Vincent de Paul, Therapeutic Childcare Center
  • Community Resources & Self Help (CRASH) Inc. 

Awards and Honors

  • Inpatient Psychiatry Employee of the Year; 2016, 2017   
  • San Diego County Psychiatric Nurse of the Year; 2010, 2012
  • Veterans Administration Hospital Psychiatric Nurse of the Year; 2010 & 2017
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honors Society 2007