Daniel Lucky

Dr. Dan Lucky

Department of Baccalaureate Nursing Completion
Office: Distance faculty
Phone: 812.237.2319 (Department Office)
Email: Daniel.Lucky@indstate.edu

Dr. Lucky started his health career as an EMT in 1987, and then received paramedic certification in 1989. While working for various ambulance companies, Dr. Lucky obtained his Registered Nursing license in 1994.  That same year he started a home-based CPR training business in Modesto, which evolved into the largest vocational educational school in Stanislaus County.  Abrams College provides medical and legal vocational educational programs for the greater San Joaquin Valley.
In 2000, while working as an emergency room nurse, Dr. Lucky established a nurse registry corporation (Abrams Health Care, INC), which provides emergency and critical care nursing services for local hospitals.  While serving as the chief executive officer for two successful companies, Dr. Lucky decided to advance his education through advanced degrees.  Dr. Lucky obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana State University, and Masters Degree in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. Dr. Lucky received the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Duke University as an expert in translating evidence and theory into practice.
In 2007, Dr. Lucky became one of the chief architects for the first Police Nurse Program in the United States.  Under the guidance of the worlds first Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Loretta Ford, Dr. Lucky established the Police Nurse Program at Ceres Police Department in 2007.  Under the leadership of Ceres Police Chief Art de Werk, the Police Nurse program was designed to provide both occupational health services for officers as well as needed health care services for vulnerable populations at risk within the community.  Dr. Lucky graduated from the Merced College Level II Reserve Officer Police Academy in 2009 and now serves as program director for the Ceres Police Nurse Program.  Additionally, Dr. Lucky serves as consultant for other police departments in developing police nurse programs.
In 2007, Dr. Lucky accepted a faculty position with Indiana State University, College of Nursing and Health and Human Services.  Dr. Lucky teaches distance education coursework for upper division nursing students including Nursing Research, Nursing Leadership, Community Nursing and Advanced Health Assessment.
Dr. Lucky serves as a major and as the ranking nursing officer for The State of California Defense Forces, Northern Command.  As a brigade staff officer, Dr. Lucky serves as liaison between brigade command and local command elements in preparing soldiers for responding to state emergencies.  Dr. Lucky carries certification and recognition as a Senior Military Emergency Management Service Provider.
Dr. Lucky’s scholarly and research interests involve public health, advanced practice nursing and cultural-directed primary health care.  Dr. Lucky is an elected executive board member with The National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP) Stanislaus County Chapter where he serves as Health Services Director. 
Dr. Lucky is Nationally Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Dr. Lucky holds a paramedic license from the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority and Registered Nursing license, Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Public Health Nurse Certificate and Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Certificate from the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing.  Additionally, Dr. Lucky holds a Federal Narcotic Prescription License with The United States Drug Enforcement Agency.
Through excellence in clinical, academic and scholarly endeavors, Dr. Lucky has received international recognition as a scholar from Golden Key International, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Theta Kappa International and is a Virginia Henderson Fellow through Sigma Theta Tau International.