School of Nursing


Drs. Teri Woo and Kathleen Richardson were successful in securing a $1.4 million HRSA ANEW grant for the School of Nursing, in support of the Nurse Practitioner students, our Health Assessment Lab, and other operational needs of the school. Congratulations to you and thank you for your hard work!

Congratulations Dr. Woo!

Dr. Woo has been named recipient of a 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Charles C. Shepard Science Award, for her co-authorship of “Prevalence of Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions Among US Ambulatory Care Visits, 2010-2011, JAMA 2016;315 (17): 1864-73.”

Celebrating Our First Graduating DNP's!

Graduates listed from left to right with their final projects:

Jessica Wheeler, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC* – Pilot Study of a Mental Health Nurse Consultant on acute Medical Units. +

Alexandria Hamann, BS, MSN, RN – The Impact of a Comprehensive Transgender Health Care Reference Tool on Provider Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceived Utility: Results of a Pilot Program. +

Katie Bates, RN, MSN* – Feasibility Study of a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program: Benefits, Significance, Environmental Scan, Program Guidelines, and Recommendations for Implementation.

Matthew Kilgore, RN, MSN – An Acuity Tool for Heart Failure Case Management:  Quantifying Workload, Service Utilization, and Disease Severity. +

Molly Martin, MSN, ARNP, NP-C* – Development of a Comprehensive Toolkit for Performing Enhanced Medicare Wellness Visits. +

Biwei Dong, RN, MSN, CMSRN – Transition Care for Stroke Survivors from Hospital to Home: Translation of the National Stroke Association Stroke Recovery Navigator Program. +

Interested in Teaching with Us?

Part-Time or Full-Time Contingent Faculty Positions for 2017-18:
-Nursing Competencies I & II, Didactic, Lab, and/or Clinical  (M/W or T/Th, Fall & Spring)
-Adult Health I, Clinical rotations (Th/F)
-Childbearing (OB), Clinical rotations (M/T, J-term & Spring)
-Child-rearing (Peds), Clinical rotations (MTW J-term, M/T Spring)
-Senior Capstone, Clinical supervision (Flexible scheduling, Fall & Spring)
-Graduate Chronic Illness/Disease Mgmt, Clinical supervision (Flexible scheduling, J-term)
-Graduate COM II, Clinical Supervision (Flexible scheduling, Spring)
-Graduate PMHNP child/adolescent & gero-psych, Classroom content, various courses (F, Fall & Spring)

Please contact:

Dr. Sheila K. Smith, PhD, RN, ARNP-BC, FAANP
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing
Ramstad 214
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003

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The School of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Care and Outcomes Manager MSN curriculum meets requirements for the Clinical Nurse Leader national certification examination. The Family Nurse Practitioner track meets requirements for ANCC and AANP national certification examinations.

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