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Virginia Tilden Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

  • (503) 494-7525

    Portland Campus

    • Professor School of Nursing
    • Special Assistant to the Dean, OHSU School of Nursing

Virginia Tilden, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing at OHSU. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Georgetown University, and her master's and PhD degrees in nursing from the University of California San Francisco. Her postdoctoral certificate in Clinical Bioethics is from the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. She has a long track record of clinical research on improving end-of-life care and treatment decision-making for terminally ill patients. She has been PI of one NIH R03 and three NIH R01-funded research studies (and co-investigator of others), and is the author or co-author of 105 scholarly publications, primarily focused on her program of research on improving end-of-life care. In addition, she has successfully initiated interprofessional education programs over the last two decades in multiple roles as faculty, program director, and dean. As Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (2003-2011), she was instrumental in bringing the University into the national Health Professions Education Collaborative (HPEC). In 2010 she authored an invitational paper for the IOM on the future of nursing education in which she emphasized interprofessional education. To accelerate the national agenda on collaborative care, in the past five years she has served on national advisory committees to advance team-based care, care transitions, primary care transformation, the role of the RN in primary care, and teaching in patient centered medical homes. This service has been to the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation;American College of Physicians;Primary Care Progress;Society for General Internal Medicine;and the VA's National Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education. At OHSU, she has been a member of the Interprofessional Initiative Advisory Council since its inception in 2013. She is the lead author of a measure of teamness in clinical teams as they role model interprofessional competencies to IPE student groups.


  • B.S.N., Georgetown Univ. Washington D.C. 1967
  • M.S., University of California San Francisco, San Francisco California 1971
  • Ph.D., University of California San Francisco, San Francisco California 1981
  • Certifications:

    • Certificate in Clinical Bioethics 1989 University of Washington

Honors and awards

  • Fellow, Western Academy of Nurses
  • Suzanne H. Brouse Lectureship, University of Michigan School of Nursing
  • Leading the Way Award, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Lecturer, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston School of Nursing
  • 27th Helen Nahm Research Lecturer, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing
  • Featured in Nursing Research: Committed to the Public Trust (video by NINR)
  • Pathfinder Distinguished Researcher Award, Friends of the NINR
  • 19th Annual LaVerne Gallman Lecturer, University of Texas-Austin School of Nursing
  • 5th Annual Lola Fehr Lecturer, University of Colorado School of Nursing
  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Distinguished Research Lectureship Award, Western Institute of Nursing
  • Nursing Research Award, Oregon Nurses Association
  • Youmans Spaulding Distinguished Professorship, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing
  • Archon Award, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • The John F. McCreary Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of British Columbia
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing
  • Marquam Hill Lecturer, Oregon Health & Science University
  • The President's Excellence in Teaching Award, Oregon Health &Science University
  • Nurse of the Year Award, Georgetown University School of Nursing
  • Teaching Faculty for the Interprofessional Education program, 2013-2016


Selected publications

  • Mladenovic, J. & Tilden, V.P. Strategies for overcoming barriers to IPE at a health sciences university (2017). Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, 8, 10-13.


  • "Psychological integration of the Cesarean birth experience" American Journal of Orthopsychiatry  1980
  • "Oregon's physician-assisted suicide legislation" Journal of Family Nursing  1997
  • "The Interpersonal Relationship Inventory" Journal of Nursing Measurement June 1994
  • "A prospective study of the efficacy of the physician order form for life-sustaining treatment" Journal of the American Geriatrics Society September 1998
  • "The contributions of nursing science to social support" International Journal of Nursing Studies  1995
  • "The relation of selected psychosocial variables to single status of adult women during pregnancy" Nursing Research  1984
  • "Domestic violence" JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing  1993
  • "Ethics perspectives on end-of-life care" Nursing Outlook  1999
  • "Caesarean childbirth" Western Journal of Nursing Research March 1981
  • "Cost and conflict. The darker side of social support." Western Journal of Nursing Research February 1987
  • "Cross-cultural issues in family violence" General Dentistry  1993
  • "Oregon's physician-assisted suicide vote" Nursing Outlook  1996
  • "Quality of care and quality of dying in nursing homes" Journal of Palliative Medicine June 1 2012
  • "Family reports of pain in dying hospitalized patients" Western Journal of Medicine June 2000
  • "Family perceptions of worry, symptoms, and suffering in the dying" Journal of Palliative Care March 2004
  • "A measure of palliative care in nursing homes" Journal of Pain and Symptom Management January 2011
  • "Nursing's perspective on improving communication about nursing home residents' preferences for medical treatments at end of life" Nursing Outlook  2000
  • "Sampling challenges in end-of-life research" Nursing Research January 2002
  • "Sampling Challenges in Nursing Home Research" Journal of the American Medical Directors Association January 2013
  • "There is no "i" in teamwork in the patient- Centered medical home" Academic Medicine May 2013
  • "Life stress, social support, and emotional disequilibrium in complications of pregnancy" Journal of Health and Social Behavior  1983
  • "Symptom Experiences of Residents Dying in Assisted Living" Journal of the American Medical Directors Association May 2006
  • "Termination in the student-patient relationship" The Journal of nursing education October 1979
  • "The relation of life stress and social support to emotional disequilibrium during pregnancy." Research in Nursing and Health December 1983
  • "Building high-impact science" The Journal of nursing education November 2004
  • "Nursing's perspective on the national campaign for choosing wisely" Nursing Outlook November 2013
  • "Issues of conceptualization and measurement of social support in the construction of nursing theory." Research in Nursing and Health June 1985
  • "International nursing research in social support" Journal of Advanced Nursing March 1988
  • "The prepared childbirth group as community-based primary prevention." Health Care for Woman International  1984
  • "Addressing family violence among dental patients" Journal of the American Dental Association January 1994

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