Continue to be extraordinary

  Thanks to Laurel Hallock Koppelman, F.N.P., M.N., a recent family nurse practitoner graduate of the School of Nursing, for sharing her parting words to the FNP 2013 graduating class here. Congratulations to all of the School of Nursing Class of 2013 graduates! Last June, David McCullough, a high school English teacher, made global headlines as he and his speech to graduating seniors went viral on the world-wide web. The striking comment, the one that … Read More

Commencement Post…and Speech!

It’s been such a pleasure to write for the Student Speak blog this year. I am incredibly impressed by the innovative and inspiring words my colleagues present. I thought I’d make my final post one that hopefully seeks to inspire as well, through the unparalleled opportunity I had in addressing students during my own graduation ceremony. Thank you so much… Commencement Speech by Nathaniel Warren, MPH Candidate  There must be some irony in that I’m … Read More

Building myself towards a “culture of public health”

In a “former life” as an emergency preparedness specialist with the Red Cross, part of my job was to educate community members on everyday practices that can support their preparedness for disasters. A suggestion I often cited was, in order to make the task of building a “bug out bag” (emergency items to help you survive) and the magnitude of facing disasters less daunting, creating a “culture of preparedness” is crucial. A few examples for … Read More

Passionate about nursing

I was honored to participate in the OHSU School of Nursing video.  I am passionate and committed to the nursing profession and I am overjoyed to be a part of the one of the best nursing programs in the country.  OHSU offers a strong didactic and clinical education, and I feel prepared and excited to enter the nursing field.  I have loved working with such a diverse and experienced group of colleagues, faculty and precepting … Read More

My Day Through the Lens of Public Health

Unless your workplace is having a snow day or you brought an incredible lunch to look forward to – Mondays tend to be a bit of a bummer. As we all push through the daily grind – I try to revitalize my afternoon with a reminder of how often public health touches our lives each and every day… (Adopted from   6:30 am BUZZ. Wake up and brush my teeth, take a shower and … Read More

I survived ACLS

“Your patient is a 58 year old male presenting with chest pain 8/10, pulse is 190, BP 80/70 and respirations 20,” the instructor said. “Suddenly he snorts and collapses; you see this rhythm. What do you want to do?” I swallowed and looked down at the greyish plastic face of the mannequin and watched as little black lines squiggled their way across the EKG monitor with an impending sense of doom. Somebody call a code, … Read More

Doing one thing well

As we struggle to finish up our Fall quarter I am sure it leaves many of us feeling that we didn’t do anything well today, this week, or this quarter. We forgot to go back and see a patient, we didn’t call a friend back, we missed an deadline. Why is this? For me it is that I fall into the trap of trying to do too many things simultaneously, I over commit, I make … Read More

Conference season cool down

Imagine a student’s brain as a goldfish (not a very complimentary metaphor). Next, imagine the (although obviously false) claim that a goldfish can expand concordant to the environment it’s placed in. That is precisely how I felt upon my return from the Oregon Public Health Association and American Public Health Association annual conferences earlier this year. My gratitude for the privilege of graduate school education, as well as the financial ability to travel (and the … Read More

Stay classy San Diego!

Last weekend, I was granted the privilege to attend the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Mid Year Convention in San Diego, California.  What an incredible experience.  This was the 30th annual that NSNA has put on a “Mid Year” convention, similar to our (first time) OSNA Mid Year convention that we had in October. This year’s convention’s theme was titled “On the Horizon: You Future in Nursing”.  Let me be the first to tell you, … Read More

How firm is your handshake?

My grandfather always told me “never trust a man with a floppy handshake.”  This was said by a 6’5, 250 pound first generation German farmer. I took everything he said as golden truth, if grandpa said it, it was true.  I think he earned some respect in the community with his way of looking at life, evidenced by over 1, 000 people attending his wake.  He had other isms, but the handshake” grandpaism” sticks to … Read More



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