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Chris Tanner

Youmans Spaulding Distinguished Professo
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, SN-6S
Portland, Ore. 97239
Phone: 503 494-4206

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Dr. Christine A. Tanner is the Interim Dean and A.B. Youmans-Spaulding Distinguished Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing. For the last decade, Dr. Tanner has been involved in creating educational solutions to address the projected nursing shortage. This includes looking for ways to increase enrollment and prepare a new kind of nurse in the context of rapid changes in the nursing practice environment and a rapidly evolving health care system.  Dr. Tanner was instrumental in developing the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) that was launched in 2003 as a partnership among OHSU and several community colleges (www.ocne.org.) The OCNE model was designed to incorporate best practices in teaching and learning with a shared curriculum and is increasingly being viewed as a national model for education transformation, and was highlighted in the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing and the Carnegie Foundation Study of Nursing Education. 

Dr. Tanner received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado and completed a post-doctoral study at the University of California, San Francisco. She holds an MS in Medical-Surgical Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a BSN from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Tanner has published numerous articles related to nursing education and served as Editor-In-Chief for the Journal of Nursing Education from 1991 to 2012.  She is a widely sought-after guest speaker and consultant with nursing programs throughout the United States and internationally and is highly regarded as an expert in the field of nursing education.  Dr. Tanner is the recipient of numerous honors including the AJN Book of the Year Award for Expertise in Nursing Practice: Caring, Clinical Judgment and Ethics; the Graduate Faculty Award from OHSU School of Nursing; the National League for Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research; and the Oregon Medical Research Foundation Mentor Award.

selected publications

(Abridged 2005 to present)

Books and Reports

Redesigning Nursing Education: Lessons Learned from the Oregon Experience. Portland, Oregon: Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education, 2012.  http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=74539

Oregon Health & Science University, Teaching Learning Council. (2010).  Best practices in teaching learning.  New York:  National League for Nursing.

Benner, P, Tanner, C. & Chesla, C. (2009).  Expertise in nursing practice:  Caring, clinical judgment, and ethics.  2nd Edition. New York:  Springer.


______. (2007).  The Practice Mandate—20 Years Later.  In Ironside, P.L. (Ed). On Revolutions and Revolutionaries.  New York:  National League for Nursing.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Munkvold, J., Tanner, C. & Herinchx, H. (2012).  Factors affecting academic progression of students in the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education.  Journal of Nursing Education, 51:4, 232-235
Herinchx, H., Munkvold, J. & Tanner, C. (In Press). A Measure to Evaluate Classroom Teaching Practices in Nursing. Nursing Education Perspectives.

Gubrud, P, Schoessler, M., & Tanner, C. (In Review). A New Model of Clinical Education.  Journal of Nursing Education.

Tanner, C.A.  (2010). Transformation of Pre-licensure Nursing Education: Preparing the new nurse to meet emerging health care needs.  Commissioned paper for the Institute of Medicine, Panel on the Future of Nursing.  Washington, DC. National Academy of Science. Reprinted Nursing Education Perspectives, November-December 2010.

Tanner, C.A., Gubrud-Howe, P., & Shores, L. (2008).  The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education:  A Response to the Nursing Shortage.  Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, 9(3), 203-9.

Tanner, C.A. (2006).  Thinking like a nurse:  a research-based model of clinical judgment in nursing.  Journal of Nursing Education, 45(6).

Gubrud-Howe P., Shaver KS., Tanner C., Bennett-Stillmaker J., Davidson SB., Flaherty-Robb M., Goudreau K., Hardham L., Hayden C., Hendy S., Omel S., Potempa K., Shores L., Theis S., & Wheeler P. (2003).  A challenge to meet the future: nursing education in Oregon, 2010. Journal of Nursing Education.42(4), 163-7.

Proceedings and Abstracts

Tanner, C. (2007).  Nursing Education:  Current Themes, Puzzles and Paradoxes   40th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, 20th Annual WIN Assembly.  Communicating Nursing Research, 40.


Tanner, C.A. (2011).  The critical state of measurement in nursing education.  Journal of Nursing
Education, 50(9), 491-492.

Tanner, C.A. & Weinman, J. (2011).  It’s all about leadership.  Journal of Nursing Education,50(5), 239-41.

Tanner, C.A. & Bellack, J. (2011).  Then & Now.  Journal of Nursing Education, 50(1), 3-4.

Tanner, C.A. (2010).  2010—A banner year for nursing education.  Journal of Nursing Education, 49(6), 303-4.

Tanner, C.A. & Bellack, J. (2010).  Our faculty for the future.  Journal of Nursing Education, 49(3), 123-4.

Tanner, C.A. (2010).  From mother duck to mother lode:  clinical education for deep learning. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(1), 3-4.

Tanner, C.A. (2009).  The case for cases: a pedagogy for developing habits of thought.  Journal of Nursing Education, 48(6), 299-300.

Tanner, C.A., Bellack JP., & Harker J. (2009).  The new wave of nursing education scholarship.  Journal of Nursing Education, 48(1), 3-4.

Tanner, C.A. (2008).  Clinical judgment and evidence-based practice: toward pedagogies of integration.  Journal of Nursing Education, 47(8), 335-6.

Tanner, C.A. (2007).  Connecting the dots: What’s all the buzz about integrative teaching? Journal of Nursing Education, 46(12), 531-532.

Tanner, C.A. (2007).  The curriculum revolution revisited.  Journal of Nursing Education, 46(2), 51-2.

Tanner, C.A. (2006).  The next transformation: clinical education.  Journal of Nursing Education, 45, 99-100.

Fitzpatrick J.J., Tanner, C.A. (2006).  From the editors. Whatever happened to faculty governance? Nursing Education Perspectives, 27(5), 228-9.

Tanner, C.A. (2005).  What have we learned about critical thinking in nursing? Journal of Nursing Education, 44(2), 47-8.

Tanner, C.A. (2005).  What are our priorities? Addressing the looming shortage of nursing faculty.  Journal of Nursing Education, 44(6), 247-8. (7 ref).

Tanner, C.A. (2005).  The art and science of clinical teaching.  Journal of Nursing Education, 44(4), 151-2.