School of Nursing

OHSU Nursing @ Noon

Nursing students in front of the Portland SON building

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.

The State of the School

October 12, 2020

Dean Bakewell-Sachs presented an update on the School of Nursing, to include the impact of COVID-19 on admissions, curriculum, faculty and the nursing professions. 

Dean Bakewell-Sachs addressed positive change that has emerged from the pandemic, including ways faculty and students have adapted to online learning, and the response of the community to the wildfires across the state. 

Dean Bakewell-Sachs also spoke to the way philanthropy has allowed the School of Nursing to stay true to its mission in the current climate. 

A recording is available here. Please copy and paste passcode rQfMVrh9 when prompted.

Nurses in Action to Achieve Health Equity

November 9, 2020 5 p.m. Please note later time.

The 2020 Henrietta Doltz Puhaty Lecture

The seismic social changes of the past six months have further widened long-standing fault lines in our healthcare system and its ability to deliver equal outcomes for all patients. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed new areas of vulnerability for under-represented populations. Nurses and nurse-scientists occupy pivotal spaces in the response to the most demanding challenges of our time. Join national nurse leader Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, as she explores the role nurses and nursing occupy in the imperative to achieve health equity. 

Register here to receive the link to the 2020 Puhaty Lecture

Nurse-Midwifery: Growth, Expansion and a Question of Succession

December 14, 2020

How does the nation’s #2 nurse-midwifery program respond to the unique challenges and opportunities that defined the Year of the Nurse and Nurse-Midwife? Join Program Director Dr. Cathy Emeis and colleagues to learn more.

Registration available here

Strengthening the Culture of the School of Nursing:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

January 11, 2021

Recently-arrived Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity Dr. Karen Reifenstein believes all students need to have a sound road map to help them successfully navigate their academic and professional journey. Dr. Reifenstein's mission is to build upon OHSU School of Nursing core values of integrity, diversity, collaboration, innovation and excellence to enhance diversity within the School of Nursing and better reflect societal demographic trends.

Join Dr. Reifenstein and Admissions colleagues to learn more about their commitment to building a nursing workforce that truly reflects the communities OHSU serves.

Registration link to come

Health Equity Research at the School of Nursing: Vision and Opportunities

February 8, 2021

Senior Associate Dean for Research Dr. Hector A. Olvera-Alvarez believes that “nurses are ideally positioned to accelerate the translation of research findings to the bedside and into the community, while addressing what’s meaningful to Oregon and the nation.”  
Dr. Olvera-Alvarez is expanding the collaborative reach of the SON by integrating an interdisciplinary approach to conducting research that advances nursing practice. Specifically, working closely with faculty from across all of its campuses, the SON is building innovative research programs that emerge from the School’s signature areas of science of Health Equity and Integrative Biobehavioral sciences where OHSU will train the next generation of nurse-scientists.


Join him as he shares his passion for nursing science in conversation with Dean Bakewell-Sachs.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice: Interdisciplinary collaboration, equity and inclusion, and a sustainable future

March 8, 2021

Although a relatively new degree in nursing, the DNP is quickly becoming the industry standard for preparing advanced practice nurses and nurses who are clinical leaders.  The DNP offers students high quality, doctoral preparation for their clinical leadership in advanced practice or systems leadership.  OHSU’s integrated DNP program offers more opportunity to educate and graduate clinical leaders who will effectively address the current complexities of today’s healthcare environments.

Join Program Director Dr. Gail Armstrong and colleagues as they discuss the rewards of this pathway in nurse-leadership.

Registration link to come