Director of Nursing
Carla M. Hagen, PhD, MPH, RN came to George Fox University as a nursing faculty in 2006 and was appointed as the Director of the Department of Nursing in March 2010. She holds the rank of Associate Professor and is licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Oregon.
Dr. Hagen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies from Eastern Oregon University (EOU); a Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree from Oregon Health Sciences University at EOU; A Master of Public Health from Oregon Health & Science University; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oregon Health & Science University. She was a John A. Hartford Predoctoral Scholar and a fellow of AACN’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.
Dr. Hagen has nineteen years of experience as a nurse, of which fifteen years have been involved in nursing administration and management, and most recently seven years in nursing education. During her professional nursing career, Dr. Hagen has held a variety of positions including staff nurse, patient care coordinator, clinical manager, clinical research intervention nurse, staff development educator, and associate professor of nursing. Her research focus has been in the area of family caregiving, including both the care of frail older adults, and the care of medically fragile children.
Prior to Dr. Hagen’s nursing career, she was involved in cross-cultural missions and linguistics, and worked with a Christian organization in Thailand for five years.