Nikki Love

Instructor MSN, FNP-BC

Programs and Courses Taught

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Online

Advanced Pharmacology
Health Promotion 
Family Centered Care
Role Advocacy 
Advanced Pathophysiology 
Acute care lab
Chronic Conditions
Advanced Physical Assessment 

About Me

I’m an Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University (SMU), and a Nurse Practitioner at Capital Nephrology Medical Group. I teach both online and in person! I started at SMU as an adjunct instructor in 2015 and have been working full time for SMU for almost 4 years now. 
I graduated from SMU with my RN in 2009. I worked as a dialysis RN while finishing up my FNP. Once I graduated from SMU in 2011, I started working at a FQHC. I lasted about 6 months before deciding that 40 patients in one day was NOT the job for me. I then started working at Capital Internal Medicine. While there, I also learned the art of Botox and sub acute care. I worked full time there for over a year but then started working full time for Capital Nephrology. I did continue working at Capital Internal Medicine on Fridays for over 4 years. 


I graduated from Sacramento State in 2009 with my BA in Biology.  I graduated from SMU with my RN in 2009. I graduated from SMU as a FNP (MSN) in 2011. I graduated from SMU with my DNP in 2019.

Teaching Interests

Pharmacology & Chronic Conditions 

Scholarly Interests

Establishing and implementing practice protocols in dialysis patients who are on peritoneal dialysis

Honors & Awards

Nominated and a candidate for 2020 DNP project award