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Gary R Laustsen Ph.D., F.N.P., F.A.A.N.P., F.A.A.N.

  • (503) 494-3926

    Portland Campus

    • Associate Professor School of Nursing

My interests in professional nursing incorporate and support the missions of teaching, practice, and scholarship. I value and strive towards the goal of being an expert teacher and clinician. I have extensive teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate nursing education and currently serve as a teacher, mentor, and resource for students of the FNP and DNP program. I believe in the power of "stories" from my 18 years of critical care nursing and 19 years of advanced practice to inform and inspire students. I seek to influence at the national level the education, practice, and scholarship through my involvement with nursing organizations such as NONPF, AANP, RNO, and AAMN and as a manuscript reviewer for numerous nursing journals.

As an FNP, I strive to offer client-focused, collaborative care incorporating health promotion and prevention. As a current volunteer clinician, I care for the primary and acute care needs of uninsured patients at a community clinic in Hillsboro. My scholarly work includes numerous articles on practice-related and theoretical topics for peer-reviewed journals. As the Director of the Rural Health Track since 2011 and recent PI for two SON HRSA grants, I seek ways to expand nurses influence in the care of rural and underserved populations. My previous research interests focused on the inter-relationships between the natural environment and healthcare systems; seeking to promote a "Greener" nursing practice.

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  • B.S., Goshen College, Goshen Indiana United States 1976
  • M.S., Southern Oregon University, Ashland Oregon United States 1978
  • B.S.N., Regis University, Denver Colorado United States 1991
  • M.S.N., University of Northern Colorado, Greeley Colorado United States 1998
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver Colorado United States 2005
  • Certifications:

    • Family Nurse Practitioner

Honors and awards

  • 2006 Luminary, American Nurses Association Luminary Project: Nurses Lighting the Way to Environmental Health
  • 2011 AANP Nurse Practitioner State (Oregon) Award for Excellence
  • 2013 OHSU SON Outstanding Graduate Teacher
  • 2013 Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2013 Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Memberships and associations

  • American Association of Nurses Practitioners: member and Region 10 Leadership Team member
  • American Association for Men in Nursing: member and Leadership Succession Committee
  • American Academy of Nurses, Environmental Health Expert Panel: member
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties: member and former Board of Directors member
  • Rural Nurses Organization: member and former Board of Directors member
  • Sigma Theta Tau: member and former Beta Psi La Grande campus director
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education: Site Evaluator Team Leader

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