Darcy Mize, EdD, MSN, RN

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


In recent years, my energy and passion has turned toward two areas: simulation-based learning and interprofessional education. With my experience in nursing in general, my experience as simulation coordinator on the Klamath Falls SON campus, and my current research role as principle investigator for a HARP grant (2017-18), I feel I am well position to contribute to the undertaking of as co-investigator of “An Interprofessional Practice and Education Model” research grant. This project uses an innovative approach to further undergraduate knowledge and practice regarding oral health and its impact on overall systemic health for potentially vulnerable people with dental caries, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. It also is designed to maximize teamwork and collaboration between two discipline historically educated separately: baccalaureate nursing students and dental hygiene students. This model of interprofessional practice and education will place teams of students in community primary care settings with the potential for impacting overall health in a rural community.

Education and training

    • B.S.N., 1973, Michigan State University
    • M.S.N., 1979, University of Illinois
    • Ed.D., 2015, George Fox University
  • Certifications

    • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Honors and awards

  • 2016 The Meaning of Health and Healthcare for Older Adults in Rural Oregon; principle investigator, Darcy Mize, co-investigator, Tamara Rose, PhD, RN, Hartford Academic and Research Program (HARP) Grant, OHSU-SON Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence ($18,666).
  • 2011 Transforming Nursing Fundamentals in the Pre-licensing Nursing Program at George Fox University; principle investigator, Darcy Mize; Innovative Teaching Grant, awarded by the Office of Academic Affairs, George Fox University ($1500)
  • 2010 Scholarship recipient, Oregon Community Fund Scholarship, Oregon Health & Science University, PhD in Nursing Program
  • 2009 Scholarship recipient, Gerontological Nursing Faculty Scholars Program, John A. Hartford Center for Nursing Excellence, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University
  • 2009 Scholarship recipient, Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) Education
  • 2008 Scholarship recipient, Health Information and Technology Scholar (HITS), Consortium of National Schools of Nursing and the National League for Nursing, Denver, Colorado


Selected publications

  • Mize, D. (2017). The meaning of patient-nurse interaction for older women in health care settings: A qualitative descriptive study. International Journal of Older People Nursing. Advanced online publication. August 11.doi: 10.1111/opn.12167
  • Mize, D.  “Lillian” in Transition:  Philosophical Underpinnings of a New Transitional Language of Affirmation, Journal of Gerontological Nursing (39) 3, 53-56
  • Mize, D. Concept Analysis:  Health-related Stigma; accepted for poster presentation, Oregon Health & Science University Research Week
  • Mize, D. & Hagen, C.  Impact of the Gerontological Nursing Fellowship Scholar Program Initiative on a Pre-licensure Nursing Program after Two Years.  Accepted for symposium presentation, Western Institute of Nursing Research, San Diego, California
  • Mize, D. & Hagen, C.  Integrating Gerontology in a Nursing Fundamentals Curriculum, Gerontological Society of America, 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, Abstract Publication     
  • Mize, D. & Hagen, C.  Integrating Gerontology in a Nursing Fundamentals Course, Western Institute of Nursing Communication Nursing Research Conference, Advancing Scientific Innovation in Nursing, Proceedings:  Volume 45
  • Mize, D. & Gowan, M.  Cultural, Ethical and Spiritual Enhancement through Interactive Patient Care Simulation in the Pre-licensure Nursing Classroom, Health Information Technology (HIT) Scholars’ Abstracts Publication
  • Mize, D.  Questions about Medication Management:  To the Editor, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, (33) 1 - 2; 10 - 11
  • Master’s Thesis:  A Description of a Chronically Ill, 65+ Home Care Caseload in Terms of Disability Level and Use of Supportive Services, University of Illinois
  • Mize, D. & Rose, T.( 2019). The meaning of health and health care for rural-dwelling adults 75 years and older in northwestern United States. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 45(6), 23-31.


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