After working many years as a full-time firefighter and paramedic, and part-time as the director of a non-profit suicide prevention agency in Salt Lake City, Utah, I made a major career change. I found a way to combine my interests in the care-giving aspect of firefighting and the interpersonal component of social work by pursuing a degree as a Psychiatric/Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at OHSU. My terrific experience so far at the OHSU School of Nursing has made me a loyalist and a donor. Please join me in supporting the OHSU School of Nursing today.
Once enrolled in the accelerated bachelor’s program, I opted to continue my studies beyond the BSN and PMHNP in order to obtain the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This training will prepare me and my fellow graduates to provide clinical care within a broader context of policy, economics, ethics and information technology–to name a few areas–that are all part of the rapidly changing world of modern healthcare. The DNP program represents the leading edge of nursing education, and the OHSU School of Nursing is at the forefront of this trend. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had at OHSU, from studying the viability of telepsychiatry–the application of telemedicine to the field of psychiatry to reach areas with limited access to care–to founding and serving as President of the Oregon chapter of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing (AAMN). The scholarships I have received and continue to receive, impossible without philanthropic support, will allow me to pursue my career objectives after I graduate and be able to give back to the community and OHSU.
As both an alumnus and a student of the OHSU School of Nursing, it is meaningful to me to establish a pattern of giving even when I still have loans and another year of school. I know that I will continue to give back to OHSU long after I’ve graduated so that other students can have the rewarding experiences that I have had. I hope you will consider making your gift today.