LEND Nursing Fellowship

About the program

The LEND training program provides supervised clinical experience and training that satisfies specified internship requirements. We offer a clinical setting in which interdisciplinary teams of trainees and clinicians practice a family and person-centered approach to care.

The program promotes the development of leadership skills through a core curriculum that imparts knowledge and skills necessary for future leadership. The Nursing Trainee program is part-time (16-20 hours per week), nine months in length, and is part of a large multidisciplinary training program. Nursing trainees spend approximately one day in a variety of clinical settings. The remaining hours are spent on research, community experiences, leadership activities, journal clubs, and attending a weekly interdisciplinary seminar.

Trainees gain expert knowledge and skills in areas such as family assessment and care coordination, assessment of children with developmental and other disabilities, interdisciplinary practice roles in a variety of clinical and community settings. A modest stipend is available.


The Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) is a tertiary outpatient program associated with Doernbecher Children's Hospital on the campus of the Oregon Health & Science University. Specialized clinical services include craniofacial, spina bifida, hemophilia, child development, neurodevelopmental, feeding, metabolic, genetics, autism, learning and behavioral clinics.

CDRC houses the Oregon Title V program. Under the Oregon Title V program, two nursing programs exist and support a network of public health nurses in every county specially trained to work with children, youth with special health needs, and community clinics where children with special health needs can receive specialized care.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is a nationally recognized  teaching university and specializes in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and allied health programs. With OHSU being a leading health research institution, trainees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of research, educational and service activities throughout the university.

Faculty and mentors

Throughout CDRC and our Title V program there are many nurse practitioners, nurses with MPHs, and graduate nursing degrees. Many of our expert clinicians serve as mentors to LEND nursing trainees. Applicant Qualifications: Applicants must have a Bachelors degree, and be licensed (or eligible for licensure) as an RN in Oregon. Prospective trainees may be enrolled in a graduate program while participating as a LEND trainee.

RNs and nurse practitioners desiring specialized training in developmental disabilities and chronic illness are also welcome to apply.


For questions, please contact:

Robi Ingram-Rich, R.N., M.S., M.P.H.