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School of Nursing

Welcome to the University of Portland School of Nursing! We are a strong community dedicated to educating nurses and healthcare professionals who empower patients, families, and communities to embrace healthy living and strive for wellness. Graduates of our programs become innovative, transformational leaders, who embody academic excellence and integrity. We believe that all nurses are healers, advocates, and healthcare leaders who believe that social justice lies at the head, heart, and hands of all that we do.

Inspiring leaders of the future.

2018 Pinning Ceremony Speaker

2018 pinning speaker

Dr. Susan Hassmiller named this year's pinning speaker! 

Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she has led nursing strategies since 1997 in an effort to create a higher quality of care in the United States for people, families, and communities. Drawn to the Foundation's "organizational advocacy for the less fortunate and underserved," she is helping to assure that RWJF's commitments in nursing have a broad and lasting national impact. In partnership with AARP, Hassmiller also directs the Foundation's Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which seeks to ensure that everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health.

Dr. Hassmiller will also be receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland at our Commencement ceremony. 

The SON launched a new DEU at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center

Legacy Salmon Creek

Nurses at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in partnership with the University of Portland have launched a new nurse training program; a first in Washington State and in Legacy Health. The University of Portland developed the DEU (Dedicated Education Unit) as a new model for teaching nursing students in clinical rotations.

"It's a remarkable way we can use the strengths of both organizations, bringing together the strong academic expertise of the university in partnership with the clinical expertise of Legacy's nurses," said Casey Shillam, Associate Dean for Baccalaureate Education at UP's School of Nursing.

In the DEU model, university faculty train the nurses to be instructors. The nurses are then matched with students on a one-to-one ratio. University faculty are on site to oversee the academic program. 

Dr. Pamela Potter interviewed by the National Catholic Reporter

Pamela Potter

Dr. Pamela Potter was interviewed by Heidi Schlumpf for the “Breathe in, breathe out” article published by the National Catholic Reporter. In this article, Dr. Potter states the importance of contemplative practices in the classroom that help alleviate stress and increase learning. Potter uses yoga stretches, brief meditations, and mindfulness exercises to help nursing students take care of themselves. “Students need this kind of support. We want them to feel good and successful, not stressed and successful,” said Pamela Potter.