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RESCHEDULED: Join Us for an ALLumni Event: Racism in Oregon - A Brief History

Join us on Tuesday, March 30 from Noon to 1 p.m. to hear from  Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and Oregon Historical Quarterly Editor Eliza Canty-Jones. 

In December 2019, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) published a special issue of its 120-year-old journal, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, on the subject of “White Supremacy & Resistance.” The issue offers an in-depth view of the ways Oregon history has been shaped by White supremacist ideology and policies — and resistance to those frameworks — for almost two centuries. Understanding how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history are crucial to our ability to build a better future.

The event is open to all, at no charge. Registration is available here.

Announcing OHSU Nursing @ Noon and the 2021 Darby Lecture

The imperative to come together and share resources to benefit the community and its members has defined the nursing profession for centuries.

Today, nurse-scientists are leaders in health care reform, and in responses to long-standing and emerging challenges that include viral pandemics, health disparities and institutional racism.

Join leaders of the OHSU School of Nursing at noon on the second Monday of each month for brief, informational updates on key issues for the School and our community. All sessions are offered at no charge. Learn more and register for OHSU Nursing @ Noon sessions and the 2021  Darby Lecture here

Alumna of the Year Emphasizes Nurse-led Care

Recognition by ones peers is one of the highest honors any community can bestow.

Nicole Bennett, DNP, PMHNP-BC ’09 and founder of Willamette Health and Wellness, has been selected as the OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Association’s Alumna of the Year for 2020. 

“Since graduation, Nicole has dedicated her career to nursing practice with our most vulnerable populations, children and adolescents struggling with mental health issues,” said Margaret Scharf, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, OHSU Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director. “After working in health promotion and prevention research for 12 years, she pursued a career in nursing in order to impact the lives of children with mental health issues.”

Since founding Willamette Health and Wellness, Dr. Bennett has expanded both the scale and methodology of delivering psychiatric and mental health care to children, adolescents and adults.

“She serves the underserved, Oregon’s children with mental health problems, their families, and shares her expertise with the community, statewide and nationally,” said Dr. Scharf. “Her practice promotes the treatment of children, adults and families and has expanded to include counselors and family therapists’ services which includes parenting classes in the evenings for working parents.”

Dr. Bennett received her award at the OHSU School of Nursing Winter Completion Ceremony on December 10. 

Standing Up Against Structural Racism

The OHSU Alumni Relations Program stands with OHSU President Danny Jacobs in opposing the recent senseless and tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and of so many before them.

Our program is committed to responding to the new and evolving needs of our alumni while securing a safe, inclusive and equitable community that accurately reflects and is strengthened by the full participation of its membership.

Read Dr. Jacobs’ statement here and the School of Nursing Statement of Commitment to Anti-Racism here.

The School of Nursing Alumni Association (SNAA) is made up of over 13,500 individuals, located in all fifty U.S. states and over five continents in countries ranging from Australia to Thailand and Colombia to Zambia. Membership is free and automatic to all OHSU School of Nursing graduates who have received a degree from the School of Nursing (formerly the University of Oregon Nursing School), Oregon Health & Science University.

Guided by an Advisory Council, the SNAA strives to increase the connections between alumni, the School of Nursing and each other through printed and electronic updates about the impact of the School of Nursing and its alumni on health and healthcare; mentoring, advising and job postings; social and educational gathering;and much more! This site is dedicated to you in hopes you will visit it often to stay informed and engaged.

How can you become involved? Participate in your class reunion, attend or organize an alumni event in your area, and donate your time, talent and treasure to help us advance the School of Nursing and the role of our profession in meeting the healthcare needs of the 21st century. Contact any of the Council members below to share your ideas, feedback and ways you'd like to help, or email the Alumni Relations program at

The History of the OHSU School of Nursing

The History of the OHSU School of Nursing is now available online. Written at the suggestion of Dean Emerita Carol Lindeman by Barbara Conway Gaines, RN, EdD, it covers the period 1910 - 1960, following the journey from the creation and development of the school through to its emergence as one of the nations leading schools of nursing. Please contact us at alumni@ohsu.eduif you would like a paper copy.

School of Nursing Alumni Advisory Council 2020-2021

Deb Carter, BS '77, RN (President) (contact Deb)
Thomas Blackman, BS '14 - La Grande (contact Tom)
Lauren Danahy, BS '07 (contact Lauren)
Emily James, BS '14 - Portland (contact Emily)
Tony Kyle, BS '16 –Ashland (contact Tony)
Jane McEldowney, BSN '63, RN, NCSN - Bend. OHSU Foundation Board Representative (contact Jane)
Adora McDougal, BS '16 - Portland (contact Adora)
Peggy Wros, PhD '93 - Portland (contact Peggy)

The Council continues to seek alumni who are interested in participating.
Please contact (503) 552-0667 for additional information.


Many of our students appreciate the opportunity to speak with a mentor both during and after their studies. Mentors help alumni with decisions around specialty choice, resume and application review and career trajectory and advancement. If you would like to participate as a mentor, begin the conversation by letting us know of your interest. We will connect with you when we receive your email.


Recognize a colleague's achievements by nominating them for the Alumni Association's Alumni of the Year or Early Career Achievement awards. Due dates are given at the foot of the forms but nominations are welcome at any time for consideration in the next round of judging. Read about our most recent Alumna of the Year and Early Career Achievement Award recipients!

Alumni profiles and news

Current and past copies of SON Connections - the school and alumni newsletter - are available here. Additional news and information about just a few of our exceptional alumni appear below.
Kim Dupree Jones to be inducted into Sigma 2021 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
Five Questions for Jane McEldowney '63