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Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Faculty

Gary Laustsen - Professor, MSN Program Coordinator

Gary Laustsen

Loveridge Hall 45 CD

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Dr. Laustsen has worked as an RN (10yrs), Family Nurse Practitioner (22 yrs), and nurse educator (28 yrs) at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral level. He is involved with the CCNE accreditation organization and has previiously been on the board of the Rural Nurse Organization and NONPF. He has been an FNP in an Emergency Department, in underserved and rural primary care clinics, and in high school and university health centers. Dr. Laustsen was recognized as the 2011 Nurse Practitioner of the Year (Oregon), Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2013), and Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (2013).

Kimberly Dupree Jones - Dean of Nursing

Kimberly Dupree Jones


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Dr. Jones' area of research expertise is fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder primarily affecting women. She has over 100 publications and her work is cited in national and international fibromyalgia treatment guidelines and texts including Cecil’s Textbook of Medicine, Physical Rehabilitation & MedicineKelly’s Textbook of Rheumatology and Neurology in Clinical Practice. She has completed 60 studies in fibromyalgia to date with over 11 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, foundations, industry and donors. She speaks nationally regarding chronic pain,  opioids and cannabinoids.  She has received numerous award and accolades including being recognized as a Fellow in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for her overall body of work. She is passionate about mentoring nurses to achieve their fullest potential.

Naomi Pitcock - Associate Professor, MSN Program Coordinator

Naomi Pitcock

Peterson Hall 318

Dr. Pitcock is a Visiting Associate Professor who teaches in the pre licensure, RN-BSN and MSN programs. Dr. Pitcock's focus areas of underserved and minority populations has allowed her to work with multiple community organizations including Free Medical Clinics and the NAACP, to improve health care outcomes and access to care. Dr. Pitcock has coordinated the ¡Tengo Leche! program for Hispanic mothers providing breastfeeding and childbirth education to support better maternal health outcomes. The work of her team has been published in Clinical Lactation and received the Distinguished DNP capstone of the Year award (UVA, 2013). She received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for excellence of character and service to humanity (2018) and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau, International: Beta Kappa Chapter.

Henny Breen - Professor

Henny Breen

Peterson Hall 318

Henny Breen's clinical practice before making teaching her full time practice included psychiatric and mental health nursing, community health, private counseling, group therapy, quality management, disease management, and nursing management. She is a certified nurse educator from the National League of Nursing (NLN) and certified in online education. She has taught in both pre-licensure and post-licensure program until she made online teaching her full-time practice in 2011. Her research interests include local and global service learning and online nursing education in which she has several publications, as well as national and international presentations.

Ingrid Flanders, BSN, MN, FNP-C - Assistant Professor

Ingrid Flanders

Loveridge Hall 44

Graduate of BSN program, Northern MI University in 1984; primary focus of practice as RN in Public/Community Health. In 2001, began advanced practice program at OHSU; have worked 16+ years as Family Nurse Practitioner in Rural setting. Joined Linfield faculty in 2014; actively teaching in final semester of BSN program. Additionally, co-chair of Academic, Progression, Honor and Graduation Committee, member of Sigma Tau/Xi Mu Nursing Honor Society, faculty for study abroad nursing education offered during January term course.

My scholarly interest is in Clinical practice; as a practicing nurse and practitioner, I see the role of the nurse changing in response to the current healthcare policy upheaval ~ a very challenging, and interesting time to be stepping into the healthcare world. Also, I'm interested in the evolving science of Narrative Medicine. The care of the sick unfolds in stories. The effective practice of healthcare requires the ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plight of others.

Elizabeth Straus - Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Straus

Loveridge Hall 45

Elizabeth Straus is an Assistant Professor who teaches across the pre-licensure, RN-BSN and MSN programs. Born and raised in Canada and now living in Oregon, she holds Bachelor's degrees in Mathematical Sciences and in Nursing from McMaster Univeristy and a Master of Nursing in Advanced Practice Leadership from the University of Victoria. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Critical Research in Health and Healthcare Inequities Research Unit in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Professor Straus' clinical background is primarily in pediatric and adult home care and respite.

Professor Straus has also held leadership roles with the Society of Pediatric Nurses and has contributed to numerous educational resources for pediatric nurses working with children and youth with chronic conditions. She is also involved with the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals Assembly and the International Society of Quality of Life Research. 

Professor Straus' research brings relational and critical perspectives to studies focused on well-being and health and social equity for individuals with disabilities and other marginalized populations. Her doctoral research will explore what constitutes well-being for young people living with home mechanical ventilation and how social contexts and discourse influence their lives. Her teaching interests also include arts-based strategies, simulation-based learning and online teaching/learning. 

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Morgan A. Torris-Hedlund - Assistant Professor

Morgan A. Torris-Hedlund

Loveridge Hall 42

Morgan Torris-Hedlund Ph.D., MPA, RN, CEN, PHNA-BC, NHDP-BC, FAWM, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. He is a nurse educator with experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students. His clinical background includes emergency, critical care, wilderness medicine, and disaster response. Morgan’s doctoral research explored community perception of risk for the consequences of natural disasters. Morgan has been actively involved in disaster response for more than ten years as a member of Hawaii’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team and has served as a disaster subject matter expert with the United States Army. Morgan is a U.S. Army Public Health Nurse assigned to the 396th Combat Support Hospital in Vancouver, Washington. While a Master’s student Morgan worked with the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, his teaching interests include sense-making, the social aspects of understanding, and the application of knowledge.

Ericka Waidley - Assistant Professor

Ericka Waidley

Peterson Hall 320

Dr. Waidley has extensive experience working in and with a variety of organizations.  Her experience includes executive level management, faculty, and project management for large-scale change initiatives. She is an innovative leader and well known for her creativity and enthusiasm in motivating teams. She is an international speaker and consultant in areas related to patient care, organization development and redesign, process/systems development, quality management, communication, strategic planning, and shared leadership.  Her research and teaching demonstrates a commitment to quality nursing practice and patient satisfaction in all settings. 

Her consulting company, EKWaidley & Associates, has worked with many prestigious hospitals, systems, and community based organizations (see Dr. Waidley has also worked with MEDCOM, NurseWeek, WebRN, and several others.   

She holds a PhD in Human Organization and Systems and an MA in Leadership Studies from Fielding Graduate University (Santa Barbara, CA).  She also has a Masters of Science degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Waidley has held faculty positions at UCLA , CSUF, CSULB, UCSF and Brandman University.

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Mindy Zeitzer - Assistant Professor

Mindy Zeitzer


Dr. Zeitzer holds a Masters in Bioethics and Doctoral degree with a focus on nursing ethics from the Univerisity of Pennsylvania, in addition to a Masters in Nursing as an acute care nurse practitioner. She has practiced in a variety of settings including cardiothoracic, surgical trauma, and medical intensive care units, vascular surgery, as well as overnight summer camp for children. Her research focuses on ethical issues nurses encounter within the healthcare system and in patient interactions. She consults on issues and cases involving ethical dilemmas helping practitioners reason through difficult choices. Publications include articles and book chapters discussing ethical issues in nursing practice, critical care, and advanced practice among others. Her teaching currently includes professional communication for nurses and chronic conditions throughout the lifespan.

Susan Givens Bell - Assistant Professor

Susan Givens Bell

Peterson Hall 323


Kathryn Crabtree - Assistant Professor

Kathryn Crabtree

Peterson Hall 322


Kiki Fornero - Assistant Professor

Kiki Fornero