About the School of Health Sciences

Community Relationships

To stay on the cutting edge of nursing education and the nursing profession, and to keep connected and engaged with our community, the School of Health Sciences has formed valuable partnerships with clinical agencies, and with professionals from the community who serve as advisory board members, guest lecturers, student mentors, and consultants to improve our nursing curriculum.

Student Videos

SHS nursing students produced the following videos to help address public health problems and to share from their experiences as student nurses.

Bridging the Intergenerational Divide Video Latest Video
Bridging the Intergenerational Divide, 2013

Watch the video.
Successful Aging Video Taking Control of Your Future:
Tips for Successful Aging

Read more or watch the video.
The Good News About Fall Prevention VideoThe Good News About Fall Prevention
Read more or watch the video.
The Eating Healthy for Life VideoEating Healthy for Life
Read more or watch the video.

Advisory Board


Comprised of nurse executives from some of the top health care providers in the Northwest region, the Advisory Board provides valuable insight into current program issues and upcoming initiatives.


Read more about the Advisory Board from a recent Nursing Notes article.

Current members include:


June Altaras, MN, RN

Swedish Medical Center

Jessica Bell, MSN, RN

Skagit Valley Hospital

Grace Grymes Chapman, FNP, RN

Puget Sound Nurse Practitioner Association (PSNPA)

Sherri Del Bene, MN, RN, CCNA

University of Washington Medical Center

Timothy Ehling, MN, RN Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Jennifer Graves, MS, RN

Swedish Medical Center

Lillian Hayashi, BA, NH.

Kawabe Memorial House

Nancee Hofmeister, MSN, RN NE-BC

Evergreen Hospital Medical Center

Deborah Kelly, MN, RN

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Paula Minton-Foltz, MSN, RN

Harborview Medical Center

Debra Ridling, PhD, MS, RN, NEA-BC

Seattle Children's Hospital

Darlene Takahashi, BS, RN

Kline Galland Home




Practice Partners


Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SHS maintains valuable partnerships with hospitals, schools, clinics, community agencies, and professional organizations throughout the city in which nursing students learn. In fact, SHS maintains working relationships with more than 150 practice partners.

Instrumental in the support of SPU’s RN to BSN degree completion program are the following partnerships:

  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Valley Medical Center

Please contact the School of Health Sciences for more information about our practice partnerships or if you want to become an SHS partner.


Special Programs

Cadre: Nurses Christian Fellowship


Contact Professor Carol McFarland or Dr. Bomin Shim with questions.


Sigma Theta Tau International

This special honor is awarded to top students in undergraduate and graduate nursing, and signifies excellence in academics and leadership.


For more information, contact Dr. Val Orton.


Living Well Initiative

The Living Well Initiative is a multidisciplinary educational program addressing the needs of persons and families affected by severe and persistent mental health conditions.

Co-sponsored by the School of Health Sciences and the School of Psychology, Family, and Community, the program’s goal is to promote awareness and understanding of these conditions through the establishment of the Dickinson Fellowship Program, research projects, campus outreach, and annual conferences.


For more information, contact Professor Mary Coucoules.