Duane has worked as a nurse on both coasts for the past 10 years. He has extensive Emergency Department experience including large and small trauma centers. A favorite experience for Duane in his nursing career has been translating wisdom to practice for nursing students and new graduate nurses. After working as a clinical educator for multiple Emergency Departments, Duane continued his own education at OHSU, focusing on connecting nursing to the community. He likes to relate how his work within the Emergency Department connects to community health. Duane is focusing on Population-Based Community Health as he leads the Community Health Nursing course, looking for ways in which nursing can help improve the health of whole populations. He is busy strengthening old relationships and establishing new relationships with community partners including: Faubion School, Portland Fire & Rescue, Trinity Lutheran School, Albina Head Start and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.
Duane is currently a board member of Fish Emergency Service, a direct-service agency assisting community members meet basic needs. He is actively involved in his faith community, Portland Mennonite Church.
On a personal note, Duane has been happily married for 7 years and is blessed with two wonderful pre-school children. He is especially interested in supporting their love of nature. He enjoys many hobbies including gardening, hiking, remodeling and home-brew and hopes to increase his available time for those hobbies as his children grow.