Lisa Sikes, Ed.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor
Lisa Woodall


Lisa began her career working in nursing as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in 1993. After obtaining her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2005, Lisa worked four years as a travel nurse in the acute care areas of telemetry, medical-surgical, and neuro step-down. Travel nursing brought Lisa to Reno, where she has lived since 2012. Since moving to Reno, Lisa has obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (2011), Masters of Science in Nursing (2014), and her Doctor of Education (2023). Lisa has been full time faculty at Orvis School of Nursing since 2014. She has experience teaching in undergraduate and graduate program tracks. She has served as clinical faculty, clinical course coordinator, and OSNA Faculty Advisor. Lisa serves as OSN’s Curriculum and Accreditation Specialist and coordinator of faculty onboarding/orientation and mentorship programs.

Courses Taught

  • NURS 301: Health Assessment Open Lab (Traditional BSN Track)
  • NURS 318: Nursing Care of The Individual I: Practice (Traditional BSN Track)
  • NURS 318: Nursing Care of The Individual I: Clinical Course Coordinator (Traditional BSN Track)
  • NURS 346: Nursing Care of The Individual II: Practice (Traditional BSN Track)
  • NURS 454: Nursing Care of Clinical Immersion (Traditional BSN Track)
  • NURS 485: Trends and Ethical Issues in Nursing (Traditional BSN Track)
  • NURS 497: Nursing Law and Ethics (RNBSN Track)
  • NURS 772: Nurse as Leader (Graduate Track) 


  • Doctor of Education in Nurse Education, 2023, Bryan College of Health Sciences, Lincoln, NE
  • MSN, Nurse Educator, May 2014, University of Nevada, Reno
  • BSN, September 2011, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
  • ADN, December 2005, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

Professional Experience

  • Staff RN (Telemetry), Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV
  • Staff RN Per-Diem (Telemetry/Medical-Surgical), Northern Nevada Medical Center, Reno, NV
  • Staff RN (Telemetry/Medical-Surgical), Carson Tahoe Long-Term Acute Care Hospital, Carson City, NV
  • RN Case Manager, Infinity Hospice Care, Reno, NV
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Orvis School of Nursing, Reno, NV
  • LOA Clinical Instructor, Orvis School of Nursing, Reno, NV
  • Assistant Professor, Orvis School of Nursing, Reno, NV

Research Interests

  • Nursing Jurisprudence Education
  • Nursing Regulation
  • Ethics Education
  • Novice Nurse Educators’ Role Transition
  • Curriculum Development and Implementation 


  • Examination of Nevada Nurses’ Self-Perception of Knowledge of Nursing Jurisprudence and Unprofessional Conduct Regulation: Dissertation.