Gary Laustsen, Ph.D., F.N.P., F.A.A.N.P., F.A.A.N.

Gary Laustsen

Assistant Dean for Academic Practice & Innovation & Associate Professor/FNP
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SE US Veterans Hospital Rd.
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503 494-3926

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My interests in professional nursing incorporate and support the three missions of OHSU. I value and strive towards the goal of being an expert teacher. I have taught students of different ages in many subjects (biological sciences to nursing sciences) and using a variety of delivery systems (classroom, experiential, online). I believe in the power of "stories" from my 18 years of critical care nursing and 15 years of advanced practice to inform and inspire students. I seek to influence at the national level the education of advanced practice nurses through my involvement on the NONPF Board of Directors.

As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I strive to develop a client-focused plan of care and serve as a health education resource. As a clinician in the university's student health center, I care for the primary and acute care needs of my patients while guiding them towards healthy-living practices. As part of my scholarly work for the advanced practice profession I have written 25 articles for the Drug News column of The Nurse Practitioner Journal. In 2011 I received the Nurse Practitioner State (Oregon) Award for Excellence.

I recently completed a funded research project examining the clinical skills and procedures of nurse practitioners in Oregon. As the Director of the Rural Health Track and recent PI for the HRSA Rural Track Development grant, I seek ways to expand nurses influence in rural health care. My previous research interests focused on the inter-relationships between the environment, the healthcare system, and clients seeking to promote a "Greener" nursing practice.

As a faculty member for the D.N.P. program, I am available as a teacher, mentor, and resource for students. I believe my role is to guide and support graduate students in their educational development. I continue to teach part-time in the undergraduate nursing program on the La Grande campus.


PH.D. University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2005)

M.S.N. University of Northern Colorado(1998)

B.S.N. Regis University (1991)


  • Doctor of Nursing program
  • D.N.P. Clinical Inquiry Project Chair
  • Master in Public Health Program
  • Undergraduate B.S.N. program


Primary and Acute care at Eastern Oregon University Health Center


Board member: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, International Review Board for NETNEP, International Nurse Education Conference, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation site evaluator, Editorial Review Board: Research in Nursing and Health, Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, The Nurse Practitioner Journal, & Nursing Management. Chair of SoN Practice Council and Director of Rural health Track, committee member on OHSU Graduate Council, Leadership Council, DNP Curriculum Committee, Sigma Theta Tau La Grande campus counselor


Laustsen, G. (2013). What do nurse practitioners do? Analysis of a Skills Survey of Oregon Nurse Practitioners. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 25(1), 32-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00750.x

Laustsen, G. (2012). Writing certification style questions: A primer for NP faculty. International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators, 1(1). Retrieved from:

Laustsen, G. (April, 2011). A practical approach to teaching genomics for the primary care Advanced practice nurse. WebMD eJournal: Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing. Available:

Laustsen, G. (2010). Greening in healthcare. Nursing Management: The Journal of Excellence in Nursing Leadership,41(11), 26-31. Doi-10.1097/01.NUMA.0000389012.829989.5d

Laustsen, G. (2010). How green is your OR. OR Nurse 2010, 4(3), 47-52.

Felver, L., Gaines, B., Heims, M., Lasater, K., Laustsen, G., Lynch, M., et al. (2010). Best practices in teaching and learning in nursing education. New York, NY: National League for Nursing.

Campbell, L., Gilbert, M., & Laustsen, G. (2009). Clinical Coach for Nursing Excellence.Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Laustsen, G., Carrillo, L., Johnson, J., & Smith, C. (2009). Drug approvals: '08 in review. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, 34(2), 25-34.

Laustsen, G. (2008). Drug News: Ciclesonide (Alvesco) approved to treat asthma. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, 33(7), 11-13.

Laustsen, G., Shaul, M., & Short, G. (2008). Drug approvals: 2007 in review. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, 33(2), 21-22.



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