Kris Nelson

Kris Nelson, MSN, BSN

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Kristine A. Nelson joined the nursing department as an assistant professor of nursing in 2015, arriving with nearly 40 years of experience in the nursing profession. Prior to her hiring, she worked as the simulation operations manager within the Smart Hospital of the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation for two years.

Previously, she spent three years (2010-13) as an assistant professor of nursing at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, and six years (2004-10) as a clinical nursing instructor in the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing. Through her career, Kristine has held several positions, including staff nurse, evening charge nurse, nursing coordinator, research assistant and nurse manager, since she began her nursing career in 1976.

She has worked in Oregon, Washington, Texas and Ohio. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Oregon Health and Science University in 1976 and later a master of nursing degree from OHSU in 1983.


  • BSN, nursing, Oregon Health & Science University
  • MSN, nursing - OHSU