Meet our Dean of Nursing

Hollie K. Caldwell PhD, RN

Dr. Hollie Caldwell serves as the Dean for the School of Nursing. Before coming to Platt College, she served as a faculty member for OHSU. She was Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) for eleven years and has taught adult medical-surgical nursing, fundamentals, pathophysiology, high acuity, research and leadership as well as legal and ethical issues impacting nursing in a variety of nursing programs for the last eighteen years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loma Linda University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a PhD in Nursing Research from the Medical University of South Carolina with a dissertation focus in elder abuse. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a member of the trauma team for the United Nations Operation Provide Promise during the conflict in the Balkans.

Dr. Caldwell has found her former experience as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Trauma Coordinator, Emergency Department Staff Educator and nursing higher education administrator critical for helping students integrate conceptual learning throughout the classroom, simulation laboratory, and clinical settings. She serves as faculty for the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence Long-Term Care Leadership Workshop, is one of 100 nurse speakers  for the Center’s Access to Health project, and is a featured speaker for the Colorado Health Care Association.  Dr. Caldwell has served as faculty for the Emergency Nurses Association (2009) and been a guest speaker on Forensic Nursing for Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and on Community Resources Available to Victims of Sexual Assault at Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). Dr. Caldwell was also a featured presenter on The Finer Points of SANE Program Development for the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Training Institute in Redmond, Oregon. Her publications include her research on patient satisfaction, the use of student’s in research, integrative reviews on elder abuse screening instruments and non-fictional observations on death.  Dr. Caldwell also acts as a legal nurse consultant for medical-surgical and emergency nursing cases.  In 2015, she was elected to serve a three-year term as a Commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

In August of 2015, Dr. Caldwell was appointed by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper to serve as a member of the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs.  Most recently in 2016, she was awarded the Library Champion Award from the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (CCML) for her role in making library services student-friendly and accessible for baccaleaureate nursing students studying at Platt College.