Dena Hassouneh, Ph.D., R.N., A.N.P., P.M.H.N.P., F.A.A.N., is a professor in the OHSU School of Nursing. Dr. Hassouneh’s primary research interests include mental health in women from marginalized populations and diversity in health professions education. In this interview from May 2018, conducted by Martha Driessnack, Dr. Hassouneh describes her experiences with the nursing program in a variety of roles: as a Master’s student, as a Ph.D. student, and as a professor. She discusses how the program has changed over time, focusing on both the inclusion and disparities experienced by students of color in the Nursing program and the cultural shifts the school has gone through since she was a student. Additionally, Dr. Hassouneh speaks about the value of broad elective offerings to the nursing curriculum, the pressures she observes students experiencing today, and the importance of constantly exposing ourselves to new disciplines and ways of thinking. Further points of discussion include Dr. Hassouneh’s experiences as faculty, particularly in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion, diversity burnout, and increased student engagement with issues of equity within the School of Nursing.
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