Nursing

Volunteering for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief

  Our Guest post today is from Valerie Spear, PMHNP-BC and DNP Class of 2018. Valerie recently graduated from the Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at OHSU and is currently in her last year of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.   I had the great and challenging opportunity to volunteer for the Red Cross in September in response to Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas this summer. It was my first involvement with … Read More

Imposters, white coats and Dorothy & Toto

I know this title sounds crazy, but stay with me guys, I promise this all makes sense:) Hello everyone! My name is Kelly, I am a sophomore Bachelor’s with a major in nursing student at OHSU’s Monmouth campus and this is my first blog post. When I was in my pre-req years, I, (like many others), was very dedicated to my studies. It meant long hours of reading and memorizing, endless study nights, and a huge blow … Read More

Find the Time and Integrate

How do I have time for this? I asked myself when I signed up to be a Student Blogger. I don’t know what provoked the moment of inspiration where I thought, “Well that could be fun!” At times, I don’t even know how I function. I’m a mom of three small kids (ages 7, 5, 2), work full time as a nurse and Staff Educator, and now in full time post-grad school obtaining my DNP. … Read More

Finding support

  Our guest post today is from Sarah, a graduate of the OHSU School of Nursing’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Master’s program this past June. She is currently finishing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at OHSU and working at a pediatric primary care clinic in the Portland Metro area. She is thrilled to be partnering with Northwest Kidney Kids for her DNP project! A map dot was where my directions took me on a hot … Read More

When seeing becomes a different kind of believing

There is something wonderful when you truly see a person for the first time. I’m not talking about “Hey, we ran into each other and now we’re friends,” but rather I mean the moment when you thought you knew someone or you had an idea about them and you realize you never really knew them at all. Over the last six months in my Population Health course and while working at the Maybelle Center, this … Read More

Thailand Experience – Culture of Wellness

Norma is part of cohort of nursing students traveling and studying in Thailand. Learn more about OHSU Global Southeast Asia.  Read about the recent trip to Thailand in this exchange Close your eyes…Now imagine yourself in a sauna and you’re profusely sweating. Your pores open, you breathe in, and it’s like breathing in nothing but steam. Now imagine you have stepped out of the sauna and have proceeded into the showers. Your body cools down, … Read More

Through the eyes of a “difficult” patient

During shift change you get a hand-off on one of your patients, “a 68 year old Chinese man who was admitted again for fluid over load because he continues to be noncompliant with his medications and diet. His provider prescribed the meds to manage his heart failure related to his chronic unmanaged asthma. Adult protective services recently removed him from his home where he was living with his son, because it was pretty apparent his … Read More

Mortal responsibility

If you know anything about me, you probably know that I love to read. As a kid, I was what you could call a “half-tomboy/half-bookworm.” I could usually be found doing either one of two things: rolling around in the water or engulfing myself into whatever book I had my nose in that day. Expectedly, as I began refining my intellectual pursuits, my personal reading choices concurrently evolved. As I got older, I nurtured a … Read More

So you want me to climb Everest?

I was lucky enough to attend the annual OSNA Convention at PCC Sylvania where nursing students from programs all over Oregon came to expand their horizons as future or current nurses. There were breakout sessions led by professionals from many different areas of health care and leadership, from flight nursing to social innovation, and everything in between. I had the opportunity to sit in on a few breakout sessions, one of which delved into healthcare … Read More

Finding ohana at OHSU

Having attended the University of California, Los Angeles for my first degree, I was initially drawn to Oregon Health & Science University for its reputation as one of the nation’s leading medical institutions. Upon the completion of my undergraduate career, I explored avenues in nursing-related research that worked mostly with underserved populations. OHSU’s outstanding research accomplishments pushed me to apply to its School of Nursing. Being from Honolulu, Hawaii, I was initially hesitant to attend … Read More

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