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Amanda Lykins, DNP, RN-BC, currently serves as the Staff Development Specialist (SDS) for Behavioral Health at UK HealthCare with responsibilities at UK Chandler Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and Eastern State Hospital. As an SDS, her focus is on nursing professional development and improving outcomes in patient care. She is an expert in clinical practice, education, research and consultation and uses these skills to influence the three spheres of practice: Patient Care, Nursing, and Systems. Dr. Lykins is ANCC board certified in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. Her research interests include improving self-care of mental health patients and self-care of nurses with an emphasis on suicide prevention.

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