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

back to faculty & staff list

My interests in professional nursing incorporate and support the missions of teaching, practice, and scholarship. I value and strive towards the goal of being an expert teacher. I have extensive teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate nursing education and currently serve as a teacher, mentor, and resource for students of the DNP program. I believe in the power of "stories" from my 18 years of critical care nursing and 18 years of advanced practice to inform and inspire students. I seek to influence at the national level the education, practice, and scholarship through my involvement with nursing organizations such as NONPF, AANP, RNO, and AAMN and as a manuscript reviewer for numerous nursing journals.

As an FNP, I strive to offer client-focused, collaborative care incorporating health promotion and prevention. As a current volunteer clinician, I care for the primary and acute care needs of uninsured patients at a community clinic in Hillsboro. My scholarly work includes numerous articles on practice-related and theoretical topics for peer-reviewed journals. I have completed a funded research project examining the clinical skills and procedures of nurse practitioners in Oregon. As the Director of the Rural Health Track since 2011 and recent PI for two SON HRSA grants, I seek ways to expand nurses influence in the care of rural and underserved populations. My previous research interests focused on the inter-relationships between the natural environment and healthcare systems;seeking to promote a "Greener" nursing practice.

I have been privileged to receive a number of awards including the 2011 AANP Nurse Practitioner State (Oregon) Award for Excellence and the 2013 OHSU SON Outstanding Graduate Teacher. In 2013, I was inducted as a Fellow in both the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing.


Awarded/Institution: PH.D. University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2005)
M.S.N. University of Northern Colorado (1998)
B.S.N. Regis University (1991)
M.S. Environmental Sci. Southern Oregon University (1978)
B.S. Science/Biology Educ. Goshen College (1976)


Doctor of Nursing program
D.N.P. Project Chair
F.N.P. Program
Undergraduate B.S.N. program (previously)


Volunteer F.N.P. at Southwest Community Health Center


NETNEP Review Board, RNO Board, AAMN Succession Committee, CCNE evaluator. OHSU Clinical Integrity Committee, Committee for Academic Policies, APRN Council. SoN Faculty Council President, Leadership Council, &Academic Operations


 1. Moss, A., Laustsen. G., Pardee, M., Becker, D., Avadhani, A., Inman, D., George, N., Kelly-
Weeder, S., &Buchholz, S. (2016). NONPF Faculty Practice Toolkit. Washington, DC: The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Retrieved from:
2. Laustsen, G. (2015). Module I: NP program guidelines. In M. A. Dumas (Ed.), Partners in NP
education: A preceptor manual for NP programs, faculty, preceptors &students (2nd ed., pp. I1-I19). Washington, DC: The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.
3. Laustsen, G., Blair, K., Martyn, K., &Ridenour, N. (2015). Nurse practitioner faculty practice.
Washington, DC: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Retrieved from:
4. Laustsen, G., Martyn, K., Melander, S., Ridenour, N., &Savrin, C. (2015). NONPF white paper:
Nurse practitioner faculty workload. Washington, DC: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Retrieved from:
5. Campbell, L., Gilbert, M., &Laustsen, G. (2014). Capstone Coach for Nursing Excellence (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
6. Laustsen, G. (2014). Scaphoid fractures: The occult fracture that should not be missed in
primary care. JAANP NP Professional Practice Compendium: Musculoskeletal, 2(1), 27-30.
7. 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
8. Laustsen, G. (2012). Writing certification style questions: A primer for NP faculty. International
Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators, 1(1). Retrieved from:
9. 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:
10. Laustsen, G. (2010). How green is your OR. OR Nurse 2010, 4(3), 47-52.