Baker served as associate dean for student affairs at the UCLA School of Nursing until her retirement in 2006. In that role she assisted students with their financial, personal and professional issues and facilitated their progress in school. She continues to work as a consultant to other schools of nursing for curriculum and student issues and has served on numerous committees involved with advancing the profession of nursing at the local, state, and national levels, including as a member of the University of California Office of the President’s advisory committee for establishing future growth in the health professions for the UC system. Baker obtained her M.N. from the UCLA School of Nursing with a specialty in cardiovascular nursing. She was a clinical nurse specialist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in charge of education, research, and teaching for a medical unit. She has also had a group consultation practice for patients with heart disease and their families.