Launa Rae Mathews, R.N., M.S.

Launa Rae Matthews

Clinical Assistant Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, SN-4S
Portland, Ore. 97239

The profession of nursing has provided me with opportunities to explore a wide variety of practice areas with diverse populations. My clinical practice areas include cardiothoracic surgical ICU, coronary care, dialysis, school health, public health, occupational health and others. Through this practice journey I have experienced being a novice over and over again and have been frequently reminded of how the fundamentals of nursing are generalizable to all practice settings.

Currently, my passion is directed towards building community academic partnerships that focus on improving health outcomes. Partnering with local communities has led to the development of neighborhood clinical placements where nursing students and faculty collaborate with community members and agencies to address the community's priority health concerns. Neighborhoods provide a place to demonstrate new models and ways of thinking about where nurses are needed in communities to improve health outcomes. Additionally, neighborhood clinical placements provide a place for interprofessional students to collaborate and provide care coordination for people whose lives are bombarded with challenges related to social determinants of health.


M.S. - Community Health Care Systems - OHSU School of Nursing
B.S. - Loma Linda University School of Nursing
Fellowship in School Nursing from University of Colorado School of Nursing, Boulder


NRS 410: Population-Based Care
NRS 424, NRS425, NRS 435: Integrated Practicum

Practice Activities


Project Manager, Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN)
Occupational Health Nursing Site Supervisor, Intel Corporation, 1997-2004
Member, Oregon Public Health Association Nursing Section
Member, Oregon Collaborative for Health Nail Salons
Board of Directors, OSAOHN ( - 2009), Continuing Education Archivist (2009-present)

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