Center for Clinical Excellence


Pictured: Erica Bailey, Clinical Relations Specialist, Larizza Limjuco Woodruff, Center for Clinical Excellence Director, and Alicia Printemps-Herget, Clinical Liaison.

The Center for Clinical Excellence maintains and elevates the quality of clinical teaching and learning within the University of Portland School of Nursing & Health Innovations. By creating new clinical relationships as well as nurturing existing clinical relationships, the Center for Clinical Excellence supports all off-campus clinical learning activities. The Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) clinical teaching model is an integral component of the Center for Clinical Excellence, where we maintain 11 DEU partnerships with highly respected local clinical partners. We strive to integrate the DEU philosophy and best practices even into non-DEU clinical settings, as we recognize this as a best practice model for bridging the academic-practice gap. The Center for Clinical Excellence provides support to the clinical nurses and health care team members who help teach our students, as well as providing support to the students themselves to meet not only the program outcomes and objectives, but to meet the evolving health care needs of our communities. 

Our work includes:

  • Clinical partnership establishment, development & support across curriculum
  • DEU consultation and development
  • Clinical faculty recruitment and training across curriculum
  • Clinical faculty and clinical site evaluations across curriculum

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Instructor Beth Baynes

Clinical Faculty Highlight - Beth Baynes, MSN, RN

Beth Baynes has been teaching with University of Portland School of Nursing & Health Innovations since 2014, following her retirement after 42 years of nursing. As a graduate of OHSU, Beth’s career has included 17 years at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and 25 years working as a school nurse and school nurse administrator with Multnomah County Education District. Her interest in nursing was realized through her own childhood experiences when she was hospitalized many times because of polio, which she experienced just before the vaccine became available in her Indiana hometown. Beth went on to earn her M.S.N. at UP and fell in love with the campus, the people, and nursing education. Beth has taught in a variety of population health clinical settings. She loves developing partnerships and relationships in the community as well as having the opportunity to take the journey with incredibly bright and strong nursing students to develop their understanding of population health. Students and faculty alike adore Beth and the School of Nursing & Health Innovations is so lucky to benefit from her knowledge, expertise, and kind spirit. As she nears 7 years of teaching with the School of Nursing & Health Innovations, she is just around the corner of achieving her goal of 50 years of nursing! When Beth isn’t teaching or spending time with her family, she loves to travel, sew, and read. 
Nursing student with child at Albina Head Start

Clinical Partner Highlight - Albina Head Start Partnership

Albina Head Start (AHS) and the University of Portland School of Nursing & Health Innovations partnership began in 2007. Nursing students in their population health course work with Albina Head Start/Albina Early Head Start nurse and clinical faculty, Mollie Swift. The students conduct annual health screenings for AHS students from birth to age 5, including hearing, height and weight. Health screenings are an essential part of children’s overall healthcare, and health promotion in general. Screenings are key to identifying and addressing concerns early and can help identify if further examinations or evaluations are needed.