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Amber Williams

Associate Professor | Director of Nursing Program

Amber Williams

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As a nurse, nurse practitioner, and educator for 20 years, Dr. Williams has had the privilege to teach and mentor many students to be exceptional nurses and advocates for the profession. She’s led and provided oversight of innovative educational delivery methods, expanded programs that have improved access to baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, especially in rural areas, and raised awareness about the need for a highly educated nursing workforce to improve health outcomes. In 2013, the tragedy that rocked her family also gave her advocate role another direction. Carbon monoxide poisoning is 100% preventable with awareness. The Williams family started the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation (501c3) with the mission to increase awareness and prevent deaths due to poisoning. Her leadership and passion have led to collaborations with multiple community organizations and business partners to raise awareness and bring about changes in South Carolina.

Professional Affiliations:

American Nurses Association (ANA)
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (STTI)
American Public Health Association (APHA)
South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA)
National League for Nursing (NLN)
SC Board of Nursing Council of Deans & Directors


STTI Chapter Key Award for Excellence 2017
STTI Showcase of Regional Excellence - Advocacy Award 2017
USC College of Nursing - Community Engagement Award 2016
Palmetto Gold Recipient 2011
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award 2010
Amy V. Cockcroft Nurse Fellow 2006


  1. Williams, A. (contributing author). Thompson, J. (2017). Essential Health Assessment. Chapter 12.  Assessing the Respiratory System. FA Davis. ISBN-13:978-0803627888
  2. Schafer, C., Williams, A., & Glenn, K. (2014). Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention and Awareness. (Honor Thesis).  
  3. Williams, A. (2012). Assessment and strategic planning to determine the growth feasibility of a distance-based baccalaureate nursing program. (DNP Project).  Proquest dissertation & theses database. UMI No. 3548816.
Peer Reviewed Publications:
  1. Dawson, R.M., Williams, A.P., Richardson, J. (2019). Development and Evaluation of a Theory Based Approach to Reducing Carbon Monoxide (CO) Morbidity and Mortality: The CO Blitz Model. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 36(2). 
  2. Williams, A. and Estrada, R. (2016). How to detect and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. American Nurse Today 11(9). https://www.americannursetoday.com/carbon-monoxide-poisoning-silent-kill...
  3. Frazier, B., Culley, J., Hein, L., Tavakoli, A., & Williams, A., (2013). Social Networking Policies in Nursing Education. Clinical Informatics in Nursing.