Nursing

10 things we love about OHSU nurses

National Nurses Week is May 6-12. We adore our nurses, which made it very difficult to narrow the list of things we love about them to only ten. Here are just a handful of the many reasons these hard-working, skilled and dedicated men and women are so good at what they do. 1. They put patients first. Our nurses consistently put patients at the center of everything that is done here — every patient, every time. 2. They heal. … Read More

OHSU Nursing student shows off-the-clock heroism

Driving home from the Portland airport one night not long ago, Christina Carmichael, Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing student on the OHSU Monmouth campus, saw something strange on Interstate-5 near Albany. A flash of pink jacket and then a flip of dark hair popped out from behind an orange construction drum repetitively. Soon she identified it as a woman rocking back and forth. Carmichael immediately assessed the situation and saw a young … Read More

March Round-up: Brain Awareness Season and Doernbecher’s “Brave Bots”

Each month, OHSU faculty, staff and students publish exciting new research, academic advice and health stories across the blogosphere. In case you missed them, here is a round-up of some of our top blog posts of the month: Med School Parenting Made Easy With This One Simple Trick! How hard could it be? OHSU School of Medicine student and mom to a toddler, Megan Thruston, shares her study habit secrets and parenting adventures – with a good … Read More

Tackling childhood obesity in rural Oregon

To counter the alarming growth in childhood obesity across the country, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced $500 million additional dollars to its longstanding campaign to achieve a healthy weight for all children. These new funds bring the total to an unprecedented $1 billion since 2007 to build a culture of health across communities in the U.S. and ensure that all children have access to healthier foods and opportunities to be physically active. But … Read More

National Nurse Practitioner Week is November 9-14

It’s National Nurse Practitioner Week, a time to celebrate these exceptional health care providers! What is a Nurse Practitioner? A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice nurse with master’s, post-master’s, or doctoral level education. The NP is a health care provider who delivers direct primary or specialty care to patients and families in a variety of settings. They provide high quality, cost-effective care that results in a high level of patient satisfaction. Nurse practitioners are informed, … Read More

Celebrating National Nurse-Midwifery Week

The term Midwife means “with woman,” and each year we celebrate Midwifery Week by recognizing the contributions of midwives and the experiences of the women they serve. This year, OHSU School of Nursing and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) invite you to learn more about midwifery and its rich 80-year history here in the United States. At OHSU, we have a thriving faculty midwifery practice. Our midwifery graduate program was ranked number one by U.S. … Read More

Meet Nurse of the Year award winner, April Thompson

This week, the OHSU family celebrates some of our most skilled, dedicated and compassionate community members: nurses. And we recognize one nurse, in particular, whose commitment to the success and education of others is unparalleled. We can all remember a teacher in our lives that really made a difference. He took time after class to answer your questions. She introduced you to a subject that changed your career path and encouraged you to go beyond … Read More

Reducing patient readmissions with telemedicine technology

By Jean McCormick, R.N., M.S.N. Open dialogue is vital to building and maintaining successful health care collaborations. Having a “brown bag” session is a dynamic approach to educate, communicate and maintain that collaboration. It is also an important way to establish and maintain relationships between OHSU and transitional care facilities in addition to working toward a larger goal – reducing patient readmissions. Since December 2012, the OHSU Telemedicine Network has offered a series of educational … Read More

A grateful patient speaks: From 1915

Written by Mark Kemball The letter is yellowed and a little torn around the edges but the words still stand out as freshly as the day they were written. At the top is an address in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, and the date – August 15, 1915. It is addressed to “My Dear Nurse.” The final pages have been lost so we don’t know much about the writer, beyond the fact that he was a soldier, … Read More

Using telemedicine technology for nurse-to-nurse “warm video” hand-offs

Written by Jean McCormick, R.N., M.S.N. Innovation is key to improving patient care while reducing costs and enhancing the health of Oregonians. Telemedicine is an effective tool for meeting these goals particularly when transferring a patient from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility. Discharging a patient to a skilled nursing facility is all about coordination and timing: Interventions. Care plans. Paperwork. Prescriptions. Nursing notes help paint the picture of a patient when “handing off” … Read More

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

President Robertson is fond of saying that OHSU has a 96,000 square mile campus, serving Oregonians “from Enterprise to Coos Bay, from Portland to Klamath Falls.”

This blog aims to highlight that breadth. 96,000 Square Miles (96K for short) will focus on the people of OHSU, the Oregonians we serve and the ripple effect of our work in Oregon and beyond.

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