Virginia Tilden, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Virginia Tilden

Professor & Senior Associate Dean for Research Affairs, School of Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Road
Portland, Ore. 97239
Office: 503-494-7525
Cell: 971-263-3499


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Virginia Tilden, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing at OHSU. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Georgetown University, and her master's and PhD degrees in nursing from the University of California San Francisco. Her postdoctoral certificate in Clinical Bioethics is from the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. She has a long track record of clinical research on improving end-of-life care and treatment decision-making for terminally ill patients. She has been PI of one NIH R03 and three NIH R01-funded research studies (and co-investigator of others), and is the author or co-author of 105 scholarly publications, primarily focused on her program of research on improving end-of-life care. In addition, she has successfully initiated interprofessional education programs over the last two decades in multiple roles as faculty, program director, and dean. As Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (2003-2011), she was instrumental in bringing the University into the national Health Professions Education Collaborative (HPEC). In 2010 she authored an invitational paper for the IOM on the future of nursing education in which she emphasized interprofessional education. To accelerate the national agenda on collaborative care, in the past five years she has served on national advisory committees to advance team-based care, care transitions, primary care transformation, the role of the RN in primary care, and teaching in patient centered medical homes. This service has been to the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation;American College of Physicians;Primary Care Progress;Society for General Internal Medicine;and the VA's National Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education. At OHSU, she has been a member of the Interprofessional Initiative Advisory Council since its inception in 2013. She is the lead author of a measure of teamness in clinical teams as they role model interprofessional competencies to IPE student groups.


Certificate in Clinical Bioethics 1989 University of Washington
PhD 1981 University of California San Francisco
MS 1971 University of California San Francisco
BSN 1967 Georgetown Univ.  


Fellow, Western Academy of Nurses
Suzanne H. Brouse Lectureship, University of Michigan School of Nursing
Leading the Way Award, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
Lifetime Achievement Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society
Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Lecturer, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston School of Nursing
27th Helen Nahm Research Lecturer, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing
Featured in Nursing Research: Committed to the Public Trust (video by NINR)
Pathfinder Distinguished Researcher Award, Friends of the NINR
19th Annual LaVerne Gallman Lecturer, University of Texas-Austin School of Nursing
5th Annual Lola Fehr Lecturer, University of Colorado School of Nursing
Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, Oregon Health & Science University
Distinguished Research Lectureship Award, Western Institute of Nursing
Nursing Research Award, Oregon Nurses Association
Youmans Spaulding Distinguished Professorship, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing
Archon Award, Sigma Theta Tau International
The John F. McCreary Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of British Columbia
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing
Marquam Hill Lecturer, Oregon Health & Science University
The President's Excellence in Teaching Award, Oregon Health &Science University
Nurse of the Year Award, Georgetown University School of Nursing

Teaching Faculty for the Interprofessional Education program, 2013-2016


Current research is 1) psychometric tool development and ongoing testing of a tool assessing teamwork and collaborative environments for IPE;2) member of VA Program Evaluation Center.

Service Activities

National Advisory Committee, Primary Care Progress; national task force activities with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing; OHSU Interprofessional Initiative Advisory Committee


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Tilden, V.P., Eckstrom, E., Dieckmann, N.F. (2016). Development of the assessment for collaborative environments (ACE-15): A tool to measure perceptions of interprofessional "teamness."  Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Disch, J. Tilden, V.P., Mason, D.J., Naylor, M. (2013). Nursing's perspective on the national campaign for Choosing Wisely. Nursing Outlook, 61 (6), 471-472.

Leasure, E., Jones, RR, Meade, LB, Sanger, MI, Thomas, KG, Tilden, VP, Bowen, JL, & Warm, EJ. (2013). There is no “I” in teamwork in the patient centered medical home: Defining teamwork competencies for academic practice. Academic Medicine, 88(5), 585-592.

Tilden, V.P., Thompson, S.A., Buescher, C., Gajewski, B., & Bott, M. (2013). Sampling challenges in nursing home research. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 14(1), 25-28 (

Tilden, V.P., Thompson, S.A., Gajewski, B. & Bott, M. (2012). End-of-life care in nursing homes: The high cost of staff turnover. Nursing Economic$: The Journal for Health Care Leaders, 30(3), 163-166.

Thompson, S.A., Bott, M., Gajewski, B., & Tilden, V.P. (2012). Quality of care and quality of dying in nursing homes: Two measurement models. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(6), 690-695.

Schmidt, M.H. & Tilden, V.P. (2012). Interprofessional education: The tides of change redux. Nursing Outlook, 60(4), 167-169.

Tilden, V.P. (2011). The tides of change: Are we ready for interprofessional collaboration? Nursing Outlook, 59(3), 107-108.

Advance Care Planning as an Urgent Public Health Concern. Public Policy Brief, American Academy of Nursing, 2010. Authored by the AAN Task Force on End-of-Life Conversations, V. Tilden, Chairperson. Published in Nursing Outlook, 59(1), 55-56, 2011; republished with commentary by V. Tilden, Nursing Outlook, 60(6), 417-419, 2012

Tilden, V.P. & Thompson, S.A. (2009). Policy issues in end-of-life care. Journal of Professional Nursing, 25(6), 363-368.

Thompson, S.A. & Tilden, V.P. (2009). Embracing quality and safety education for the 21st century: Building interprofessional education. Journal of Nursing Education, 48(12), 698-701.

Thompson, S.A., Bott, M., Boyle, D., Gajewski, B., & Tilden, V.P. (2011). A measure of palliative care in nursing homes. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 41(1), 57-67.