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Oregon Health & Science University


Christine Tanner, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., discusses her personal and professional life, beginning with a brief description of her childhood in Colorado, followed by her education and becoming interested in the field of nursing. Dr. Tanner goes on to talk about meeting Carol Lindeman, moving to Portland, and her early involvement with the OHSU School of Nursing (then University of Oregon) and the Office of Research and Development and Utilization in the late 1970s. She also discusses her own research projects, becoming Associate Dean of the undergraduate program, Oregon's role in the field of nursing, grant funding, professional awards and achievements, and her role as editor of the Journal of Nursing Education. She also discusses her personal life outside of nursing, including the decision to have kids with life partner, Lisa, and the persisting stigmas and political hurdles faced by the LGBT community throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Dr. Tanner concludes the interview by describing major changes in the university over time as well as her observations on the evolution of LGBT healthcare.


Transcript of oral history interview with Christine A. Tanner, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., conducted on April 8, 2015 by Barbara Gaines, R.N., Ed.D.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Nursing


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