November Scholar 2011

OHSU School of Nursing November Scholar

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What Do Rural NPs Do? Results From a Task Analysis Study of Oregon NP Practice


I am currently an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University in La Grande Oregon. My PhD is in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2005), a MSN (FNP Emphasis) from the University of Northern Colorado (1998), and a BSN from Regis University (1991). My pre-nursing degrees include a MS degree in Environmental Sciences from Southern Oregon University (1978) and a BS in Biology/Science Education from Goshen College (1976). I teach undergraduate courses and DNP graduate nursing courses and work as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Eastern Oregon University’s student health center. I am also the Chair for the Acute and Critical Care Integrated Learning Community. My previous clinical experience in Colorado includes 10 years as an ED/ICU nurse, 5 years as an Advanced Practice Nurse in a community hospital’s Emergency Department, and volunteer family practice at underserved Hispanic clinics. I am active in a number of national nursing organizations including the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

I am currently working on data analysis and dissemination of a funded research project examining the clinical skills and procedures of nurse practitioners in Oregon. My previous research interests focused on the inter-relationships between the environment, the healthcare system, and clients. My scholarly work seeks to promote a “Greener” nursing practice.