Welcome Klamath Falls and La Grande SNAA Council Members

We are delighted to welcome Amy Blankenship, BS ’11 (Klamath Falls campus) and Thomas Blackman, BS ’14 (La Grande campus) to the School of Nursing Alumni Advisory Council.

Image of Amy BlankenshipAmy Blankenship, RN, BS ‘11, graduated from the OHSU School of Nursing, Klamath Falls campus in 2011. Amy received the Elnora Thompson leadership award at convocation as she was very involved as the secretary of her campus Student Nurses Association. Amy is currently working on her MSN in education and plans on pursing her PhD. She has been a post-surgical nurse and a case managing hospice nurse since graduation. She now is new faculty for the BSN program for OHSU on the Klamath Falls Campus.

Amy is passionate about nursing, OHSU and education and wants to encourage other alumni to get involved to enhance nursing even more.

“I’m very blessed for the education I received from OHSU,” said Amy. “I had wonderful faculty who were supportive and challenged me in many ways. It’s a magnificent program and I’m part of the OHSU alumni council because I want to give back and encourage others to be part of this great school.”


Image of Thomas BlackmanThomas Blackman, RN, BS ’14, graduated from the OHSU School of Nursing, La Grande campus in 2014.

Tom also received the Elnora Thompson leadership award at convocation and he was very involved as the President of his campus Student Senate. As a student Tom completed his certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and the Trauma Nursing Core Course. He continues to participate in his professional organization as well the Emergency Nurses Association.

Tom has a passion for Emergency Nursing and started his career in the Kadlec Regional Medical Center Emergency Department in Richland, Washington. He has recently accepted a position in the CHI St. Anthony Hospital Surgical Department in Pendleton, Oregon working in Day Surgery, PACU, and OR. Tom plans to begin working on his Master's in Nursing Leadership through OHSU within the next few years and has a desire to be an ED Manager.

"I love being a Registered Nurse and working with patients every day," he said. "I have been very blessed with an opportunity to work with amazing healthcare providers that help to mentor and guide me to be the best I can be. I had amazing faculty and guidance while a student at the OHSU SON in La Grande that have helped to align me with a successful career."