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Paula Cox-North PhD, ARNP

Teaching Professor

I earned my ADN from North Central Michigan College and worked as an RN in mostly acute care hospital settings. I went back to school for my BSN at Gonzaga University, then my MSN at the University of Washington. I obtained certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and worked in specialty care settings primarily Gastroenterology and Hepatology. I then returned to the University of Washington and completed my Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. My dissertation was focused on end-of-life communication in end-stage liver disease. I have continued to work clinically while teaching and pursuing research activities. I worked as a Teaching Assistant while completing my PhD degree, and now have taught in both the undergraduate BSN and ASBN programs and graduate DNP AGNP-PC and AGNP-AC programs. I enjoy most nursing courses but enjoy teaching pharmacology, graduate seminar, and graduate immersion courses the most. I remain clinically active working in an outpatient Gastroenterology/Hepatology clinic that primarily cares for underserved and vulnerable patients. My research interests are in liver related diseases, chronic illness symptom management and vulnerable populations which meshes nicely with my clinical practice.



  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 2013
  • MN, University of Washington, 2005
  • BSN, Gonzaga University, 1996
  • ADN, North Central Michigan College, 1986

What classes do you teach?

  • NCLIN 516 Advanced Clinical Practicum I
  • NCLIN 517 Advanced Clinical Practicum II
  • NCLIN 518 Advanced Clinical Practicum III
  • NCLIN 801 Advanced Clinical Practicum Immersion

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I love that the School of Nursing is attentive to health equity and diversity and works collaboratively in their efforts to improve health equity locally and globally.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health
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