University of Portland

September Nelson

School of Nursing & Health Innovations, Associate Professor

September Nelson



Buckley Center 301

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September Nelson, PhD, MS, RN, CNE, CNL, is an Associate Professor and Director of Student Affairs in the University of Portland, School of Nursing and Health Innovations. Dr. Nelson completed her doctorate in Nursing with a focus on Health Care Systems at the University of Colorado in 2017 and master's degree and Clinical Nurse Leader certification at the University of Portland in 2008. She joined the faculty of University of Portland in 2010 after working as a direct care nurse and clinical nurse leader at Providence Portland Medical Center. Dr. Nelson has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs across many courses. Her research interests include the processes of nursing care delivery, including the phenomenon of missed nursing care, as well as improving the care of individuals across the gender and sexual identity spectrum. 


  • PhD, Nursing-Health Care Systems, University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Master of Science, Nursing, University of Portland
  • Masters of Science, Exercise and Movement Science, University of Oregon
  • Bachelor of Science, Sports Medicine, Pepperdine University


  • Relationships among Workload, Teamwork, and Missed Nursing Care in Long Term Care. Funded by Sigma Theta Tau International - Omicron Epsilon Chapter, Total award $1500, (05/16-05/17).

Professional Affiliations

  • 2015 – present – National League of Nursing
  • 2012 – present - Western Institute of Nursing
  • 2010 – present - Sigma Theta Tau International, Omicron Upsilon Chapter

Recent Publications

  • Nelson, S. T. (2019). The later integration of care services. In C.R. King, S. O. Gerard, & C.G. Rapp (Eds.), Essential knowledge for CNL and APRN nurse leaders (pp. 45-52). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Nelson, S. T. (2017). The relationships among workload, teamwork, and missed nursing care in the nursing home environment (Order No. 10638182). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2016076733).
  • Nelson, S. T. (2016). Lateral integration. In C. R. King and S. O. Gerard (Eds.), Clinical nurse leader certification review. New York: Springer Publishing Company
  • Nelson, S. T., & Flynn, L. (2015). Relationship between missed care and urinary tract infections in nursing homes. Geriatric Nursing, 36(2), 126-130.

Curriculum Vitae