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Leadership, Faculty & Staff

Victoria Plagenz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nursing

Victoria Plagenz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nursing
School of Health Professions


Victoria Plagenz is a Professor of Nursing and Program Director at the University of Providence’s School of Health Professions. As a Professor of Nursing, Plagenz teaches courses in the Online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator concentration. With strong clinical experience as a registered nurse and in legal nurse consulting, Plagenz’s experience has prepared her to prepare future nurses enrolled in UPs programs.

Plagenz’s educational successes include a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, a Master of Nursing specializing in Nurse Education from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian University. Before joining UP, Plagenz worked as a legal nurse consultant for one year and a registered nurse for 13 years. She also worked as a school nurse for two years. Plagenz has a wealth of experience as a nursing professor, having served as an Assistant Professor and Campus Coordinator at Montana State University-Northern for over ten years.



Educational Background

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Master of Nursing: Nurse Educator, University of Wyoming
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Marian University


Professional/Clinical Background

  • Legal Nurse Consultant, 2013 – 2014
  • Registered Nurse, 2000 – 2010
  • School Nurse, 2000 – 2002
  • Registered Nurse, 1997 – 2000


Faculty/Teaching Background

  • Professor/Program Director, University of Providence, 2014 – Current
  • Assistant Professor/Campus Coordinator, Montana State University-Northern, 2004 – 2015


Professional Affiliations

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Member
  • Sigma Theta Tau International’s Honor Society of Nursing, Member
  • Golden Key International Honor Society, Member
  • American Nurses Association, Member
  • Montana Nurses Association, Member
  • American Association for the History of Nursing, Member



  • Certified Faculty Developer
  • Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional
  • Certified Online Instructor, Literacy and Education Research Network
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric, Quality Matters
  • Peer Reviewer, Quality Matters
  • Certified Lactation Consultant, International Board of Lactation Consultant
  • Registered Nurse, Montana State Board of Nursing
  • Registered Nurse, Wisconsin State Board of Nursing



  • Tish M. Smyer, Ph.D. Nursing Scholarship, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, School of Nursing
  • 2022 Daisy Award Recipient for Excellence in Nursing Education



Program Involvement

  • RN-BSN: Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN-NE: Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Educator


Course Involvement

  • NRS 402: Evidence-Based Practice
  • NRS 403: Nursing Ethics & spirituality in Nursing Care
  • NRS 407: Public Health: Nursing Care of Populations
  • NRS 418: Global Perspectives in Healthcare
  • NRS 419: Quality & Safety in Nursing Leadership
  • NRS 417:
  • NRS 515: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice


Community Involvement

  • FEAT Vice Chair
  • Core Curriculum Revision
  • Quality and Evaluation
  • Admissions Committee
  • USDA Grant Committee



Three Questions With Victoria Plagenz

  • What is the most exciting or unique course you have ever taught?
    • One of my very favorite courses to teach is Ethics and Spirituality. It is ever-changing and very diverse.
  • What is the best advice you ever received as a nurse, and how has it influenced your practice?
    • On my first day of nursing school, my professor told us, “You did not choose this profession. It chose you.” I feel that to be true on that day and still today.
  • If you could give one piece of advice to new nursing students, what would it be?
    • Setbacks are a time for growth. TRUST ME… I failed my first skill in nursing school… bedmaking. Hang in there and believe in the reason why you are here.