Elizabeth McCormick

Avoiding a testing apocalypse

They come walking in, shoulders hunched, brows furrowed, and telltale rings of fatigue under the eyes. One by one, clutching various vials full of caffeine and liquid energy they shuffle to the desks and settle in. Some chat nervously, others focus intently, clinging to the last few moments available for review. Is this the Zombie Apocalypse?  Nope, just your average testing day in nursing school. Whether it is a standardized test or clinical benchmark, I … Read More

Transforming a student nurse

I thought for a while about what to share for my first blog on my experiences here at OHSU. The memories ran through my mind like a film reel. I think about walking into orientation that first day and staring at a huge room of 54 nursing students I didn’t know. The excitement, the fear, and the anticipation in the room were almost tangible. I’d been through college before and yet I found myself feeling … Read More



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