Kristi L. Vaughn, D.N.P., A.C.N.P.-B.C., F.N.P.-B.C.

Kristi Vaughn

Assistant Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Road, SN-5S
Portland, Ore. 97239

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Initially I thought I wanted to become an Emergency Medicine physician, but quickly realized that I wanted to work with people in a holistic manner, so nursing was a perfect match. I worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) at University Hospital and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department (ED).

After receiving my doctoral degree, I accepted a full time position in the OHSU School of Nursing where I have been teaching graduate MN and DNP students. In September 2015, I started a new part time position as the APRN manager. As an APRN manager and SON teaching professor, I have found a perfect niche to increase visibility and influence APRN practice at OHSU.

I grew up in Bellingham, Washington where I learned to ski at Mt. Baker. I water skied and sailed on Lake Whatcom near the home where my mother still resides. During the summer, we boated in the San Juan Islands and camped on my parents' property on Lopez Island. I lived in Colorado for seven years (according to my father to ski not study), then started windsurfing which brought me back to the Pacific North Wet.

I spend my leisure time pursuing favorite activities with my friends;windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), ski mountaineering, downhill skiing, biking, knitting, and hiking with my dogs Mauja (labradoodle) and Khuno (a huge Labrador retriever who is nick named horse).


1985- BSN University of Colorado
1987- MN University of Washington
1997-ACNP Post Masters Certificate OHSU
2010- DNP University of Washington
2011- FNP Post Masters Certificate Washington State University


DNP- NURS 716, 700, 702
MN core- NURS 517, 508
MNE-NURS 551, 511


Expanding APRN scope of practice, managing acute and chronic pain, using narrative to explain patient's perceptions of illness, decreasing health disparities, translating research into practice and quality improvement.

Practice Activities

OHSU Emergency Department- 9/1991-9/2014
Bariatric Surgery Clinic- 2/2015-present

Service activities

DNP Curriculum Committee- 9/2014-6/2016
Graduate Council- 9/2015-present
APRN council- 9/2015-present
Advanced Practice Provider Task Force- 9/2015-present
National Organization Nurse Practitioner Faculties Acute Care Special Interest Group 4/2016-present


Vaughn, K. (2006). Utilization of nurse practitioners in a hospital-based observation unit. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 32 (2), 125-126.

Vaughn, K. (1997). Observation units in the emergency department. Emergency Nurses Association, Management Update. 

Vaughn, K. (1996). Nursing role in emergency care situations. In S. M. Lewis, I. C. Collier &M. Heitkemper (Eds.). Medical Surgical Nursing (4th ed, pp ). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Kozeny, D., O'Neil, A.G., Cosney, C. &Vaughn, K. (Eds.). (1996). Emergency department case management;A dynamic process. St. Louis, MO: Mosby

Vaughn, K. (1995). Emergency department critical paths: Keys to success. Emergency Nurses Association, Management Update, 2(4), 1-2.

Vaughn, K. (1994). Emergency care of occupational exposures. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 20, 392-398.

Vaughn, K.L. & Fought, S.G. (1990). Physiological changes in trauma patients during transport [Abstract]. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 16(6), 413.