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Heather Freiheit, M.M., B.S.N., RN, Paramedic (Program Director)

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Biography

I am an instructor at OHSU's School of Nursing in the online RN to BS undergraduate degree program

I am an RN and paramedic and have been working for 30 years. My background includes pre-hospital care and flight nursing, I worked in a small hospital in the ICU, ED and then as a House Supervisor. I transferred to the regional ED and was a charge nurse, Trauma Coordinator and then became the manager of the level 2 regional trauma center.  During this time, I obtained a Masters Degree in Management, after 9 years in a leadership position, I left and took a job as the Director of Emergency Preparedness for Southern Oregon University and began teaching again for OHSU on the Ashland campus. Three years later, I was recruited to become the Administrator for an ambulatory surgery center, and I also obtained a post-master's certificate in nursing education. In 2015 I went back to teaching on the Ashland campus and then transferred to the OHSU RNBS on-line program in 2017. I currently also work for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and deploy around the US and US territories post-disaster to help coordinate care provided by federal disaster medical teams.

I have always enjoyed teaching and love watching students progress along their learning continuum. It brings me great pleasure to assist them in developing a strong nursing foundation and hopefully inspire them to become lifelong learners.

Education and training

    • M.M., 2008, Southern Oregon University
    • B.S.N., 1992, Souther Oregon State College
  • Certifications

    • 1990 Paramedic Certification
    • 2014 Post Masters Certificate, Nursing Education

Honors and awards

  • * Daisy Faculty Award 2022- OHSU School of Nursing
  • * COVID-19 Distinguished Civilian Service Award 2022-Dept Health and Human Services
  • * Faculty Flame Award- 2020 OHSU School of Nursing

Publications

Selected publications

  • Articles McKenzie, G., Freiheit, H., Steers, D., & Noone, J. (2016, March). Veteran and family health: Building competency with unfolding cases. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12(3), 79-83. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.ecns.2015.12.011
  • Chapters Freiheit, H. Nursing of Adults Across the Lifespan In Contemporary Medical-Surgical Nursing, 2nd ed; Daniels, R; Nicoll, L., Cengage Delmar Learning: New York, 2012; Chapter 6 Freiheit, H. Burns, Nursing Management In Contemporary Medical-Surgical Nursing, 2nd ed; Daniels, R; Nicoll, L., Cengage Delmar Learning: New York, 2012; Chapter 46
  • Freiheit, H. Mass Causality Care Across the Lifespan In Contemporary Medical-Surgical Nursing, 2nd ed; Daniels, R; Nicoll, L., Cengage Delmar Learning: New York, 2012; Chapter 66 Freiheit, H. Evaluation. In Nursing Fundamentals: Caring & Clinical Decision Making, 2nd ed; Daniels, R.; Grendell, R.; Wilkins, F., Eds.; Cengage Delmar Learning: New York, 2010; Chapter 15.
  • Freiheit, H. Mass Causality Care. In Medical Surgical Nursing: Contemporary Practices; Daniels, R., Eds.; Delmar Thompson Learning: Albany, NY, 2007; Chapter 67. Freiheit, H. Evaluation. In Nursing Fundamentals: Caring & Clinical Decision Making; Daniels, R.; Eds.; Delmar Learning: New York, 2004; Chapter 15.  
  • Freiheit, H. Contributing author. In Delmar's Guide to Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests; Daniels, R.; Thompson Delmar Learning: Albany, NY, 2002

Publications

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