Dr. Christine Tanner Retires

05/29/14  Portland, Ore.

OHSU School of Nursing honors and thanks Dr. Christine Tanner for her service to OHSU School of Nursing upon her retirement in late June 2014. We appreciate the contributions you’ve made and wish the best for you in your future endeavors.

Chris-Tanner120Dr. Christine A. Tanner, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., and A.B. Youmans-Spaulding Distinguished Professor, joined the OHSU School of Nursing faculty in 1979, and has been actively involved in both research and teaching missions. Over the years, she has taught courses, advised students and led curriculum development/evaluation activities across baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. She is known by her students as a gifted teacher, receiving both School and University Teaching awards, including the Faculty Senate Teaching award and, more recently the Oregon Medical Foundation Mentor Award. Chris served as senior editor for the Journal of Nursing Education for 21 years, retiring from that post in 2012.Chris’s national work includes service on National Advisory Committees for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Josiah Macy Foundation. She has served as visiting professor in Finland, Sweden, Japan and Australia, and consulted with scores of universities throughout the US and Canada.

Chris led the Northwest Health Foundation Study on the nursing workforce, published in 2001, a study that fueled actions by the Oregon Nursing Leadership Council to avert the projected shortage. Between 2001 and 2010, Chris was one of several leaders who advanced significant educational reform in Oregon, launching OCNE in 2003. The OCNE model was designed to incorporate best practices in teaching and learning through its shared curriculum. OCNE has become a national model for education transformation and was highlighted in the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing and the Carnegie Foundation Study of Nursing Education.

Chris‘s primary program of research focused on the development of expertise in clinical judgment. She collaborated with Drs. Patricia Benner and Kit Chesla on a national multisite study of expert nursing practice, culminating in the publication of the book Expertise in Nursing Practice: Caring, Clinical Judgment and Ethics, with a 2nd edition in 2009. She collaborated with Dr. Barbara Valanis, and other investigators at Kaiser Center for Health Research, in a multi-site study evaluating nursing judgment in the context of telephone advice nursing. Her most recent studies relate to outcomes of the OCNE Educational model. Her work is published widely, with over 140 data-based articles, editorials and other scholarly works. In 2004, she received the National League for Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research.

Chris has served in several administrative positions while at OHSU, including Director of the Office of Research Development and Utilization, 1981-1988, Associate Dean for Statewide Undergraduate Programs, 2000-2004, and most recently as Interim Dean of the School of Nursing.