Launa Rae Mathews, R.N., M.S., C.O.H.N.-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 focused on building community partnerships with the goal of improving health outcomes for all. I am excited about opportunities for nursing students to meet course competencies while providing authentic services in partnership with vulnerable populations in neighborhoods. Nursing students and faculty are a tremendous resource that frequently is not recognized or utilized. 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. In addition, neighborhood clinical placements have demonstrated new models and ways of thinking about where nurses are needed in our communities for improving health outcomes.


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


NRS 210: Foundations of Nursing: Health Promotion
NRS 410: Population-Based Care
NRS 424, NRS425, NRS 435: Integrated Practicum
NRS 424J: Exploration of Specialty Nursing Practice
NRS 425J: Specialty Nursing Practice: Research and Translation

Practice Activities


Project Manager, Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN)
Occupational Health Nursing Site Supervisor, Intel Corporation, 1997-2004
Service activities (boards, organizations, OHSU faculty committees): Member, Neighborhood House Head Start Health Advisory Council
Member, Oregon Public Health Association Nursing Section
Member, Oregon Collaborative for Health Nail Salons
Board of Directors, OSAOHN ( - 2009)

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