Dr. Edward Earl Nichols, Jr. “Rusty”
Dr. Edward Nichols, EdD, MSN, RN, “Rusty”, 52, of Houston, and formerly of Lumberton, died Sunday, March 6, 2022. He was born on June 24, 1969, in Beaumont, to Evelyn Barrett Nichols and Edward Earl Nichols, Sr.
Rusty was a devoted son, loving brother, doting uncle, and exceptional friend. He enjoyed fishing with the family on Lake Sam Rayburn, playing dominoes at family gatherings, and cooking favorite recipes. He loved hosting parties and was always the life of the party. He loved to travel and would have “get-aways” as often as possible.
He was the first in his family to enroll in college and obtain a degree. He began his higher education at Southwestern A/G College studying music, then transitioned to studying Biology at Lamar University. He later attended San Jacinto College Central where he received his EMT/Paramedic in 1996; AAS in Nursing from San Jacinto College Central in 1999; MSN in Nursing Education from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2008; and EdD in Leadership and Management from Capella University in 2015.
From 2001 to 2008 Rusty was a Clinical RN to multiple areas of healthcare including, ER, ICU, Cardiac Cath Lab., Emergency Room Charge Nurse, and Educational Coordinator/Occupational Health Coordinator. From 2010 to 2013 he was a Co-Author of multiple Pearson Prentice Hall Publishers publications.
He was a member of the National League for Nursing – NLN, and the Texas Nurses Association – TNA since 2010. He was the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Iota Mu Chapter, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Spirit of Nursing Award – United States Army, Outstanding Leadership Award – SJCC Nursing Department, Who’s Who Among American Junior College Students, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and National Dean’s List.
Rusty was a Professor of Nursing at San Jacinto College for 13 years. In the spring of 2020 Rusty’s teaching assignment transitioned from the Associate Degree Nursing Program to the RN-to-BSN Program. He worked diligently to ensure that the programs’ curricula and outcomes were rigorous and robust. His teaching and assessment methods challenged the students to achieve excellence; once his students completed the nursing programs, they demonstrated a sense of accomplishment and pride. Fall, 2021 Rusty was assigned as the Interim RN-to-BSN Program Department Chair. During that time, he demonstrated exceptional leadership characteristics resulting in the program being recommended for “Initial Accreditation” from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Rusty’s contributions to the nursing programs at San Jacinto College are numerous. He consistently led various initiatives and committees that promoted student and faculty success.
As stated in his application to begin his doctorate program, Rusty believed,
“I am grateful that I am able to set an example for my nieces and nephews who will be contemplating their own educational career in the near future. I have always tried to be a positive spokesperson for college within my family and do believe that it has had an impact on my nieces and nephews and am excited to see what decisions they make regarding education.”
Survivors include his parents, Marie and Ed Nichols of Silsbee; sisters, Becky Nichols of Silsbee and Kristi Nichols of Spring; nieces and nephews, Wayne Burke and his wife, Kaylyn, of Conroe; Kourtni Burke of Lumberton; Ashley Flowers and her husband, Justin, of Silsbee; and Kaitlyn Gassett and her husband, Cody and Tyler Helton and his wife, Jennifer, all of Kingwood; and great nieces and nephews, Kaydance Burke, Hadley Burke, Olivia Burke, Cambron Gassett, Annsleigh Flowers, Cooper Flowers, Jamison Gassett, Allison Beard, Marcus Harber, Jr., and Gabriel Harber.
Rusty’s memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2022, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.
Broussard’s Mortuary Silsbee
- 490, Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas, 77656,
- March 13, 2022
- 2:00 pm
- 5150, Stivers Dr, Beaumont, TX, 77705,