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Phyllis Christianson MN, ARNP, GNP-BC

Senior Lecturer
Co-coordinator, AGPCNP track

I have worked as an RN for 15 years across a variety of settings, including skilled/long term care, Neurology/neurosurgery and rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, and medical/surgical. Since 1992, I have worked as a nurse practitioner with a team of physicians and nurse practitioners providing post-acute and primary care (long term care) to adult and older adults.

I serve on the UW Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Advisory Board as well as working on several CNE conference planning committees each year. I am a member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).



  • BSN, University of Rhode Island, 1975
  • MN, University of Washington, 1990

What classes do you teach?

Advanced Health Assessment: NCLIN 500; Clinical seminar series: NCLIN 516, 517, 518 and 801; Diagnostic Management and Decision Making NCLIN 505; Management of the Adult III: Care of older adults with multiple chronic conditions.

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I came to the University of Washington School of Nursing as a Master of Nursing student in 1988 and found an academically challenging and intellectually stimulating environment. And I believe that still describes the curriculum and environment today. I love working with faculty colleagues who have differing perspectives and varied expertise, but a common passion for providing high quality education. I love working with students who are engaged and excited to be learning, and who question “why” and look for answers until satisfied. I feel honored to learn alongside our students as they gain the knowledge and enthusiasm for providing quality care for all adults, including older adults with complex care needs.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics
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