Though Linfield College’s main campus is in McMinnville, the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing has been located in NW Portland since 1982.
But there is a shortage of nurses nationwide, and in 2020, Linfield will expand its nursing program and relocate it to a new and much larger 20-acre campus in NE Portland. At the forefront of this transition is Dr. Kim Dupree Jones, Linfield’s Dean of Nursing. “In the past, Linfield has had to turn away a significant number of highly qualified applicants because we didn’t have space to educate them,” she says. “Our new campus will be larger. We want to use that space to grow our existing programs, expand into graduate programs and add other programs.”
With more classrooms, larger event spaces and a state of the art clinical simulation center, Linfield will be molding even more graduates to take on real world problems like houselessness, access to health care and the opioid crisis. Jones’ own calling is treating fibromyalgia. “I saw women with widespread pain, fatigue, non-refreshing sleep and other pain problems like headaches and irritable bowel disease,” says Jones. “Clinicians didn’t see the connection between all these problems, so the care was fragmented and incomplete.”
She has completed countless studies and publications, and continues to push the cutting edge by studying the effects of cannabinoids on pain management.
As for her students, Jones believes in a “lift as you climb” mentorship philosophy. “I’ve been fortunate to be mentored by many brilliant clinicians and scientists. I want to extend that same service to my students. They are engaging, exciting and the reason I remain in academia.”LINFIELD-GOOD SAMARITAN
SCHOOL OF NURSING
2255 NW NORTHRUP ST | PORTLAND, OR