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

Virginia Tilden

Professor Emerita, School of Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Road
Portland, Ore. 97239
Phone: 971-263-3499

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As a member of the OHSU School of Nursing faculty for many years (1982 - 2003), Associate Dean for Research (1999 - 2003), Associate Director of the Center for Ethics in Healthcare (1999 - 2003) and former Dean of the College of Nursing at the Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center (2003 - 2011), I have now returned to OHSU half-time in two roles, providing support for the University Provost's Interprofessional Initiative, and support for the School of Nursing's research mission.


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


Faculty for the Interprofessional Education program, 2013-2015


Current research is the development of a psychometric tool assessing teamwork and collaborative environments for IPE. Long-standing program of research on improving end-of-life and palliative care.

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


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.

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.