OHSU School of Nursing Names Associate Dean For Southern Region

02/28/11  Portland, Ore.

Jan Heineken Ph.D., R.N. has been appointed the new associate dean of the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing Southern Region.

Saundra L. Theis, Ph.D., R.N.
, interim dean of the OHSU School of Nursing announced Heineken's appointment today. Heineken begins her position at the School of Nursing in Ashland Sept. 4.

"Dr. Heineken will bring a fresh perspective on nursing and communications," Theis said. "We are thrilled she has agreed to join our faculty, and we know her active participation within the school and with students will have a lasting impact."

The School of Nursing Southern Region encompasses both Ashland and Klamath Falls. The Ashland program is located on the Southern Oregon University campus, and has 126 undergraduate students, eight graduate students, one doctoral student, and 25 faculty members. Klamath Falls is located on the Oregon Institute of Technology campus, and serves 54 undergraduate students, two graduate students, and 10 faculty members. Both programs have been operating under OHSU since 1993.

Heineken was formerly associate director and professor at the School of Nursing at San Diego State University. Prior to that position, she served as associate dean for the School of Nursing at the University of San Diego, assistant professor at the University of Colorado, and head nurse/clinical specialist at the Colorado Psychiatric Hospital.

Her teaching responsibilities have included undergraduate courses in gerontological nursing, health care systems, and leadership and management. Graduate courses she's taught include nursing systems administration, personnel management, and others. Heineken is a graduate of San  Diego State University, where she received her bachelor's degree in nursing. She continued her education at Washington University, where she was awarded a master's, and the University of Denver, where she completed her doctorate.

Oregon Health &  Science University is the state's only health and research university, and its only academic health center. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government). OHSU serves more than 184,000 patients, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,900 students and trainees statewide.