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

Virginia Tilden

Professor & (interim) 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, PhD, RN is Professor and Interim 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 strong track record of successfully initiating interprofessional education innovations over the last two decades in multiple faculty, program director, and dean roles, including as an Associate Director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, which has been a leader in interprofessional education at OHSU. 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, and teaching in patient centered medical homes; this service has been to the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the American College of Physicians, Primary Care Progress, and the Society for General Internal Medicine. At OHSU, she has been a member of the Interprofessional Initiative Advisory Council as well as co-chair of a task force since the inception of the University’s Interprofessional Initiative in 2012. She has been principle investigator of four large NIH-funded research studies (and co-investigator of others), and is the author or co-author of 104 scholarly publications, primarily focused on her program of research on improving end-of-life care.



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 (1991-2012) on improving palliative and end-of-life and 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


(recent from 104)

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.