Biography of Nicole Orian

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Full Title: Nursing Chair
Building: Larson Lifestyle Center
Room Number: 415
Email: nicole.orian [at]
Work Phone: 2393
Personal Phone: 402.202.1475
Departments: Division of Nursing - 402.486.2524
Job Description:

I serve as the chair of the Division of Nursing and get the opportunity to provide leadership and vision for the strategic, operational, and financial direction of the Division of Nursing. I also teach the freshman orientation course, CORE 117: F.O.C.U.S. in Nursing (Freshman Opportunities and Connections for Union Students in Nursing). In the past, I have taught NURS 322: Medical-Surgical II theory and clinical as well as NURS 310: Pharmacology. 

Academic Background

I graduated from Platte Valley Academy in 1999 with honors. I attended Union College from 1999 to 2004, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and an Associate of Science degree in business administration. My nursing degree was completed magna cum laude and my business degree was completed with commendation. I was awarded the Union College Nursing Class of 2004 Student Choice for Outstanding Senior Nursing Student and the Outstanding Senior Nursing Student Certificate for Recognition for Excellence in Critical Thinking. I also sang soprano in the Octet the majority of my years at Union.

I graduated in May 2009 with my Master of Science in Nursing with a Nursing Administration emphasis from Nebraska Wesleyan University. My thesis was titled "Examining Nursing Students' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Personal Experience of Organ Donation."

In 2016, I completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Health Systems Executive Leadership through the University of Pittsburgh and my capstone project was the development and implementation of a practice change initiative titled, "Conflict Engagement and Resolution Education in a Nurse Residency Program" at Kettering Health Network in Dayton, Ohio. 

Campus & Community Involvement:
  • Member of the Union College Colloquium Committee (2008)
  • Chair of the Union College Colloquium Committee (2009-2010)
  • Sponsor of the Union College Nursing Club (2008-2011, 2012-2014)
  • Member of the Student Orientation Committee (2010-Current)
  • Member of the Union College Faculty Senate Executive Committee (2010-2011) 
  • Helper for College View Church Children's Church crafts (2010-2011)
  • Volunteer for College View Church Vacation Bible School (2011-Current)
  • Chair of the Division of Nursing Curriculum Committee (2013-2014)
  • Member of the Union College Strategic Planning Committee (2011-Current)
  • Member of the Title IX Committee (2012-Current)
  • Member of the College View Academy PreK-12 School Board (2013-Current)
  • Vice Chair of the College View Academy PreK-12 School Board including membership on the Personnel, Finance, and Athletic Subcommittees (2016-2017)
  • Member of the College View Academy PreK-12 School Board Strategic Planning Subcommittee (2014-2016)
  • Member of the College View Academy PreK-12 School Board Personnel Subcommittee (2014-2015)
  • Helper for the College View Church Cradle Roll 2 Sabbath School class (2013-2015)
  • Chair of the Division of Nursing Admissions and Academic Evaluation Committee (2011-2014)
  • Member of the Division of Nursing Admissions and Academic Evaluation Committee (2011-Current)
  • Member of the Division of Nursing Curriculum Committee (2013-Current)
  • Chair of the Division of Nursing Systematic Program Evaluation Plan (SPEP) Committee (2014-Current)
Professional Background:

After graduating from Union, I married my husband, Matthew, and we moved to Ozark Adventist Academy in Gentry, Arkansas. Matthew worked as the Vice Principal for Finance at Ozark and I commuted to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas where I was employed in the Intensive Care/Trauma Unit. In the summer of 2006, we relocated to Platte Valley Academy in Shelton, Nebraska, where my husband took a job as the boys' dean and history teacher. Our twins, Jacob and Hailey, were born August 7, 2006 (on my 26th birthday). I began teaching at Union in July of 2007.

In August 2011, I transitioned to a combined faculty and administrative role as the Assistant Director of the Division of Nursing. Madison, our youngest daughter, joined our family in November of 2011. In 2014, I transitioned to the chair of the Division of Nursing position and love the variety of responsibilities as well as the interaction with students throughout the learning process. 

  • Florence Nightingale
  • Use of Simulation - Manchester Memorial Hospital - Manchester, Kentucky (Spring 2016)
  • Conflict Engagement and Resolution Education in a Nurse Residency Program - Kettering Health Network - Dayton, Ohio (Summer 2016)
  • Nebraska Action Coalition's 40 Under 40 award - Honoring Nebraska's nursing leaders under the age of 40 (2014) 
  • Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good award for $20,000 for the Union College Foot Clinic (2014-2015)
Research Interests:
  • Nursing education
  • Conflict engagement and resolution
  • Millenial nursing students 
  • Nurse residency programs 
  • Clinical evaluation of nursing students
  • Educational processes and efficiencies
  • Organ Donation
  • Critical care nursing
  • Trauma nursing
  • Sepsis
  • Nursing education faculty burnout 
  • Psychological support of women following an early miscarraige 
Personal Information:

I grew up in Valentine, Nebraska, a small town near the border between Nebraska and South Dakota where my mother, Lynette, was a nurse practitioner and my father, Jerry, owned an office supply business. I enjoy reading, singing, playing the piano, cleaning, organizing and event planning.


Jacob and Hailey celebrated their tenth birthday this August as they began fourth grade at College View Academy. Jacob is analytical and loves basketball while Hailey is creative and loves gymnastics. Madison is five years old and currently specializes in preschool, dress up, singing, and keeping up with Jacob & Hailey, We love every moment with our children and are truly blessed that God chose us to be their parents.                


Matthew works in the area of finance and completed his MBA through the University of Pheonix. He enjoys sharing what he has learned in the business world with his students. He also enjoys sports and spending time with our family.