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Julie Fitzwater

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Julie Fitzwater
Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Portland Campus - Building 1 #104


My clinical nursing career was at Legacy Emanuel in trauma recovery. I am certified in neuroscience nursing and as a nurse educator. I now teach acute care courses and clinical courses to support student learning to manage client care. Teaching is constant learning as nursing students bring interesting questions and new perspectives. I always enjoy a good challenge question!


  • B.A. in history, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S. in Nursing, Linfield College
  • M.N.E., Oregon Health and Science University
  • Ph.D., nursing education, University of Northern Colorado

Academic research interests

Using simulation to develop teaching competencies in nurse educators, Development of palliative care knowledge, skills, and attitudes in prelicensure nursing students. Evaluating simulation experiences in prelicensure nursing students.

Publications (peer-reviewed)

Textbook chapter: Fitzwater, J., Smith, P., & Ferris, J. (2022). Family nursing in acute care adult settings. In Robinson, M., Coehlo, D. P., & Smith, P. (7th ed.). Family health care nursing: Theory, practice and research. F.A. Davis.

Fitzwater, J., McNeill, J., Monsivais, D., Nunez, F. (2021). Using simulation to facilitate transition to the nurse educator role: an integrative review. Nurse Educator, 46(5), 322-326. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000961

Ehly, E., & Fitzwater, J. (2021). Telephone Triage Simulation Activity for Prelicensure Nursing Students. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(6), 352–355.

Fitzwater, Julie S. (2020). Using Simulation to Develop Clinical Teaching Competencies in Nurse Educators. Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.

Fitzwater, J., Johnstone, M., Schippers, M., Cordoza, M., & Norman, B. (2019). A Comparison of Oral, Axillary, and Temporal Artery Temperature Measuring Devices in Adult Acute Care. MEDSURG Nursing, 28(1), 35-41.

Yimmee, S., Fitzwater, J., O’Donovan, P., Tong, V. (2018). Evaluation of a Clinical Policy Learning Activity. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(1), 44-50. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20180102-09

Fitzwater, J. S., & Tong, V. (2015). Clinical policy evaluation activity: Reinforcing evidence-based practice. Journal of Nursing Education 54(12), 719-720. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20151110-11