College of Nursing

Dawn Doutrich

Dawn Doutrich

Associate Professor, Vancouver
Dawn Doutrich
Associate Professor, Vancouver
Van - VLIB 210W
(360) 546-9464
(360) 546-9398
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver, WA 98686-9600

Dawn Doutrich is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University. She has taught in the community area and has a special interest in nursing education. Her clinical practice includes mental health nursing, particularly with refugee survivors of torture and trauma, and she is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in public health nursing. Dawn serves on the Clark County Public Health Advisory Board, and she has been a peer reviewer for HRSA, Nursing and Health Science, and Journal of Nursing Education.  She serves on the international board of directors for the Society of Clinical Nurse Specialist Educators (SCNSE) and has just retired from the executive committee of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science U.S. Alumni Association. She was recently successful in attaining HRSA funding to support the Nurse Faculty Loan Program for WSU nurse educator graduate students. Her research includes academic-practice collaborations with public health, cultural safety in New Zealand and the U.S., international nurse educators and creating a diverse nursing workforce through partnerships.


  • Postdoctoral in Cross Cultural Nursing Ethics, Nagano College of Nursing, Nagano, Japan
  • PhD, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, OR
  • MS, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, OR
  • BSN, Washington State University, Spokane, WA


Cultural competence/cultural safety in health care, nursing workforce diversity, and cross cultural ethics


  • Society of Clinical Nurse Specialists Educators (SCNSE) Board of Directors, 2011-present
  • Clark County Public Health Advisory Board, 2003-present
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Organization, 2000-present,  Elected Executive Committee, 2010-2012
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist Education Task Force, 2007-2011
  • Oregon Center for Nursing Partners Investing in Nursing's Future Nurturing Cultural Competence in Nursing grant program, PIN planning team member, co-chair of Nursing Workforce Diversity Development Workgroup, 2005-2011


  • 4th author with  J. Katz, G. Oneal, J. Strickland for study on retention of Native American nurses in their communities, Frank and Joan Uhl Pierce Transcultural Nursing Award, 2009
  • Sponsored participant at 3 day writing retreat for NWHF grantees, Skamania Lodge, WA, 2008
  • Invited faculty to investigate College of Nursing connections with Kabul Medical University, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2008
  • Sponsored participant at national Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future in Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson, Annual Conference, Carlsbad, CA, 2008
  • Invited participant National Association of Local Boards of Health annual conference, Prevent, Promote, Protect: Building Board of Health Capacity, Anchorage, Ak, 2007
  • Invited participant Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Symposium, "Globalization and Japan - Challenges from Social Change," Washington D.C., 2007
  • Dean’s Award for Exemplary Service and Inspirational Leadership, 2005-2007
  • Invited participant in Regional Health Planning, Clark College Spait Endowment, 2006
  • Graduate Faculty Award, 2005


Doutrich, D. & Dotson, J. The future of the clinical nurse specialist population focused, public health nurse. Nursing Clinics of North America. (in press).

Flemmer, N., Doutrich, D., Dekker, L., & Rondeau, D. Creating a safe and caring health care for women who have sex with women. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, in press.

Doutrich, D, Arcus, K., Dekker, L.,  Spuck, J. Pollock-Robinson, C., (2012) Cultural safety in New Zealand and the U.S.: Looking for a way forward together, Journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society, 23(2), 143-150. 

Zeller, E.L., Doutrich, D., Guido, G.W., Hoeksel, R. (2011). A culture of mutual support: Discovering why new nurses stay in nursing. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 42(9), 409-413.

Katz J.R., Oneal, G., Strickland, J., &  Doutrich D.L., (2010)  Experiences of Native American nurses working in their communities,  Journal of Transcultural Nursing 21(3), 393-402.

Eddy, L. & Doutrich, D.  (2010). Families and community/Public Health Nursing. In J. Kaakonen, V. Gedaly-Duff,  D. Padgett Coehlo, & S. Hansen [Eds.] Family Health Care Nursing: Theory, Practice and Research. 4th ed. pp. 470-489. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Doutrich, D. (2009). Community graduates no longer have option of CNS exam. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 23(1), 7.
Wros, P., Doutrich, D., & Ruiz, M.E. (2009) Giving voice: Incorporating the wisdom of Hispanic RNs into practice,  Journal of Cultural Diversity, 16(4), 151-157.

Eddy, L.L.,  Doutrich, D., Higgs, Z. R., Spuck, J. , Olson, M.,   and Weinberg, S. (2009). Relevant nursing leadership: An evidence-based programmatic response, International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 6 (1), 1-17.

Doutrich, D. & Colclough, Y. (2008). Japanese Americans. In J. Giger & R. Davidhizer's [Eds.] Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention, 5th ed pp. 357-393, Elsevier.

White, C.M. & Doutrich, D. (2008). Resonance: Part of process and vital to outcome. Reprint of earlier article in S. Izumi [Ed.] Crisis in nursing: strategies for a better tomorrow. LifeSupport Company, Tokyo, Japan.

Doutrich, D. & Storey, M. (2006). Cultural competence and organizational change: Lasting results of an institutional linkage. Home Health Care Management and Practice, 18 (8), 356-360.

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