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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 an Associate Professor of Nursing 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

  • Bachelor of Nursing Program Director, 2014 – 2023
  • Legal Nurse Consultant, 2013 – 2014
  • Registered Nurse, 2000 – 2010
  • School Nurse, 2000 – 2002
  • Registered Nurse, 1997 – 2000


Faculty/Teaching Background

  • Associate Professor of Nursing, 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.