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.

Missed the live event? You will find recordings of all our OHSU Nursing @ Noon events here.

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.

Registration available here

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 available here

2021 Darby Lecture featuring Jonathan M. Metzel, MD, PhD

Please hold the date for the 2021 Darby Lecture, sponsored by the Southern Oregon University Foundation.

Jonathan Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the director of the Department of Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his MD from the University of Missouri, MA in humanities/poetics and psychiatric internship/residency from Stanford University, and PhD in American culture from University of Michigan. Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Book Award, the 2020 APA Benjamin Rush Award for Scholarship, and a 2008 Guggenheim fellowship, Dr. Metzl has written extensively for medical, psychiatric, and popular publications about some of the most urgent hot-button issues facing America and the world. His books include The Protest Psychosis, Prozac on the Couch, Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality, and Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.

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


OHSU School of Nursing Senior 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.

Since her arrival at OHSU in February 2020, Dr. Reifenstein's mission has been 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.

A recording is available here

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

December 14, 2020

The quality of care outcomes associated with care from nurse-midwives is creating a demand for service while, at the same time many parts of the United States are experiencing maternity care deserts. Educating midwives to meet the demands for the current and future workforce as well as to improve the health of the populations midwives serve are top priorities of the OHSU Nurse-Midwifery program. The program’s expansion into Hillsboro is also modeling a new paradigm of care: a collaborative, interprofessional practice of midwives and physicians. How does the nation’s #2 program respond to multi-dimensional change while seeking to prepare a work force that more closely reflects the population it serves? 

Speakers: Dr. Cathy Emeis, CNM, Dr. Sally Hersh, CNM, Olivia Kroening-Roche, CNM 

A recording is available here. 

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. 

A recording is available here. 

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.