A new dean for the School of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University has been selected. Susan Bakewell-Sachs will be the 11th dean in the school's history and also will serve as the vice president for nursing affairs at OHSU.
As dean, Bakewell-Sachs will oversee education, research and faculty practice at the school's Marquam Hill campus in Portland as well as in each of its satellite campuses in Ashland, Monmouth, Klamath Falls and La Grande. She also will oversee the school's virtual online programs.
Bakewell-Sachs will help direct changes in Oregon nursing education in response to state and federal health care reforms that will expand the role of nurses.
Bakewell-Sachs comes to OHSU from the College of New Jersey where she most recently served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Before that, she served as the Carol Kuser Loser dean and professor of nursing at the College of New Jersey.
In addition to her university-based positions, Bakewell-Sachs served as program director for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program addressed nursing shortage concerns and the need to change nursing education to meet new needs.
Before embarking on her administrative career, Bakewell-Sachs specialized in the care of pre-term infants and published several books and medical journal articles on the topic. She obtained her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She obtained certified nurse practitioner, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
This story originally appeared in Medford Mail Tribune.