Victoria Hays, D.N.P., R.N., C.N.S., A.P.R.N.-B.C.

DNP Graduate, Class of 2011
OHSU School of Nursing

Location: Vancouver, WA




Current Employment

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nursing Administration at Providence Portland Medical Center

Professional Organizations

Sigma Theta Tau Emergency Nurses Association

How did the program help shape your current position?

The DNP was a well organized program with outstanding instructors that allowed a full-time advanced practice nurse to further enhance her leadership, communication and clinical skills locally (within Oregon) and regionally (across Alaska, Washington, Montana and California - within the Providence Healthcare System).  The program also enhanced my ability to assess and evaluate nursing literature as well as develop my skills in writing nursing articles for national publication.

Advice to incoming doctoral students

Organize yourself (at work and for school), simplify your life (as much as possible), and enjoy the program.  I promise you, you will graduate a different person – one who is more confident, professional and well rounded as a clinical leader.

What is next for you?

Move to a nursing Director-level position within Providence or outside of Providence to further enhance my clinical and non-clinical skill set.

Final Words

I was impressed with OHSU's DNP program; I can truly understand why their graduate programs rank #7 in the United States; OHSU is Excellence in Class.


Hays, V. The Journal of Nursing Administration.  Eliminating Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers in Acute Care by an Advanced Practice Nurse.  Submitted July 29, 2011; currently pending evaluation.

Crainic, C., Thomas, P., Haberman, S., Erickson, K., Patton, P., Gardner, J., Hays, V. (2009). Comparison of Methods to Facilitate Postoperative Bowel Function.  Med/Surg Nursing Journal, 18(4), 235-238.  Frommelt T., Ott C., Hays V.  (2008).

Accuracy of different devices to measure temperature.  Med/Surg Nursing Journal, 17(3), 171-183. Fountain, C., Goins, L., Scoles, D., Hartman, M. & Hays, V. (2008). 

Evaluating the Accuracy of Four Temperature Instruments on an Adult Inpatient Oncology Unit. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12: 983-987.

Garolis, Salomeja; Halvorsen, Lisa; Hays, Victoria. ''Using Unit-Based Research to Improve Patient Safety [Conference Abstract, 2007 NACNS National Conference Abstracts, February 28-March 3, 2007, Phoenix, Arizona]''. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 21(2):110, 2007 March-April.