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Winter Newsletter

Posted by laneccsna on January 16, 2013 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (40)

Patho, pharm, and chronic…Oh my!


Welcome to winter term students. As second years enter what has been dubbed the “most difficult term” of nursing school, first years are excited to do something other than learn about motivational interviewing and proper hand washing techniques (no offense instructors, we understand these are valuable lessons). At this point people are becoming more familiar with each other and everyone has their “study buddies” picked out. That being said, here is some advice for you first year students trying to figure out how the heck you’re going to study so much material: study early, study often, and study with a lot of different people – everybody has different techniques for learning and often pick up on things you may have missed. Here are some other tips to get you through this crazy term:


1. Take notes while you read. Personally, I get nothing out of reading 40 pages about different respiratory pathologies or whatever the reading is about. Instead, I take notes from the reading, add them to my lecture notes and clarify any missing pieces of information. It takes WAY more time but this way I UNDERSTAND the information, rather than saying, “I just spent six hours reading and I couldn’t tell you one thing I read.”

2. When studying pharmacology, initially try to just remember the names and most basic method of action first – this literally used to take me an entire day but then I could generally deduce adverse effects myself, as opposed to simply memorizing information.

3. Study the patho, pharm and chronic TOGETHER. If you’re learning about congestive heart failure, why not learn etiologies, drugs and how to care for the CHF patient at the same time? Eventually tests will be a culmination of these things, so start getting used to it.

4. Everything you learn this year will come back to haunt you next year, as my class is quickly finding out. Keep your notes organized so you can easily find them next year.

5. Study for understanding, not memorization. It’s a great feeling when an instructor asks a question during second year and you for some reason remember the answer. If you memorize, you’ll have to learn it all over again next year (not to mention the fact that they think we know this stuff…).

6. Around week four, you’ll start to think, “Are we SERIOUSLY getting MORE information?” You get to a point where you feel like you’re so behind that they may as well keep piling it on, cause, who cares at that point. Just know, you’ll be okay. You’ll develop techniques to help get you through the immense amount of information you’re about to attempt to store in your brain. It’s terrible, it’s stressful, it seems impossible. But, you WILL get through it.

7. Warn your family and friends ahead of time that they may not be seeing much of you this term. Try to find balance, but know that school is temporary and there will be an end…eventually.

8. Have fun and appreciate your nursing school friends – they’re the only one’s who truly understand what you’re going through.

9. As always, don’t be afraid to ask any of us for study tips. We’ve all been there and know exactly what you’re going through.


Thailand: What an amazing experience


As most of you may know, ten of us were fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Surin, Thailand over winter break. For me, this experience was completely out of my comfort zone. In fact, at no point before nursing school did I ever think I would be interested in traveling abroad. I’m not afraid to share my ignorance; I’m only doing so to reach out to those who also feel uncomfortable or hesitant to travel to such distant places.


That being said, I am forever a changed person. The people we cared for in Thailand were incredible, to say the least. The first half of each day was spent either walking from home to home, or setting up shop in a central location where villagers would come to us. In this way, we were able to provide care to hundreds of people in rural villages, performing CBG’s, blood pressures, and weight and waist measurements. In Thailand, these were considered the patient’s “annual checkups”. Each afternoon we would be given two “special cases,” where we would travel with the nurses we worked with to a patient’s home. Some of these special cases included a 22-year-old man with gigantism, (he was 8’6” tall and completely bed bound), a paraplegic who’s sister sold the roof of their home to have the money to cover additional costs, a Vietnam War vet, and a 102-year-old woman who was recently diagnosed with hypertension with no additional co-morbidities.


In addition to providing direct patient care, we were able to visit the Surin nursing school and hospital, which were amazing experiences in and of themselves.


Are you interested in this December’s study abroad trip? Please join us for an informational meeting, date TBD. Planning and preparing for last year’s trip was NOT easy, so we want to give you guys some pointers on fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Last year we felt it was important to split our time between fundraising events and volunteering, so people in our own community felt we were making our presence known here as well. We will be in contact soon regarding date and time of this meeting.



Board of Directors elections are coming up!


Calling all you first-year students! We have decided to move up the dates for electing next year’s board of directors. Last year we felt the “passing of the torch” was…rocky, due to the fact that it happened spring term when second-year students were rarely at school and were more concerned with trying to graduate and pass NCLEX than the SNA. Monday, February 4 during the February SNA meeting is when elections will take place, so please have your applications in by Friday February 1. Please turn applications in to Jesse Kennedy’s mail box in the mailroom. To apply and vote, you must be a registered SNA member. To access the application, click the tab on the left that says, “Board Members / Run for Office”.


Student Spotlight


First Year: Shelly Schmidt


Tell us a little about yourself…


My name is Shelly Schmidt. I grew up in California but moved to Iowa my senior year of high school where I lived for 27 years before moving to Oregon in 2007 where I met my current husband. I have one daughter and a granddaughter who was born 11/11/11 11 weeks early.


Why did you decide to go to nursing school?


I always knew I wanted to be a nurse - I was a Candy Striper when I was in high school. While in Iowa I spent 10 years on a volunteer fire department that covered a Township of approximately 6,500 people. We ran over 1,000 medical and 350 fire/rescue calls each year on average. I ended my career as Deputy Chief and the only female Paramedic on the department. I loved every minute of my time on the department knowing I was making a difference in people's lives with my medical knowledge. In 2010 my husband encouraged me to go back to school to get my nursing degree, so here I am!


What are you looking forward to this term?


While I really do enjoy learning in the classroom, my favorite thing is time in clinicals. I am in Neuro with Fran this term, I am excited to learn from her and all the nurses.


Where do you see yourself working when school is over?


My dream job would be in the Labor & Delivery department at either hospital, but realistically that isn't going to happen. I will be happy to find a nursing job where I can put all these hard earned skills to use.



Second Year: Casey Good


I am 29 y/o, married, have a 3 y/o son, and am 31 weeks pregnant. I went to UCC in Roseburg last year for my first year of nursing. I transferred to LCC after the first year because I live in Eugene and the commute was very hard on my family and me. Everyone at LCC has been SO nice and helpful. The transition couldn't have gone smoother, except for the fact that I had to learn a whole new hospital and their computer system. It seems that even though both schools “follow” the OCNE curriculum, there are differences in what is taught, the books, and emphasis on what is important. Lab skills and projects were different than what LLC students did. Having come to a new school, I always feel that I may not have learned everything they did, but so far it has been OK.


After I graduate I want to start my nursing career in the hospital so I can practice my skills. After that I am thinking I would like to work somewhere where they emphasize health promotion and patient education. I might try to work in a pediatric office since I think it is SO important to start teaching young children healthy habits at a young age. I am also interested in diabetic education.


A piece of advice I would give to first year is try to do as many skills as you can at the hospital, understand lab values early on, and ingrain medications in your brain! Those will all help SO much.


Upcoming Dates


Saturday, February 9 OHVI Heart Fair at Valley River Center 1000-1500

Saturday, February 9 OSNA Annual Convention, Portland Community College

Tuesday February 12 Head Start – Whittaker Time TBD

Thursday February 14 Head Start – Brattain Time TBD

Tuesday February 19 ONA Lobby Day, Salem, OR 0900

Wednesday February 20 ESL Health Promotion, LCC Downtown 1800



Questions, comments, concerns? Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] Thanks for reading!




Fall 2012 Newsletter

Posted by laneccsna on October 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

SNA Newsletter, Fall 2012


Welcome Back!

Welcome back to fall term students! We hope everybody enjoyed summer break. At this point school is well under way – first-year students are trying to figure out what to study and second-year students are, well, trying to figure out what to study. While that seems to be the underlying theme of nursing school, it doesn’t take long before we realize that tests are just speed bumps on the road to becoming a nurse. So, instead of going to school every day thinking, “How are they seriously going to test us on that?” how about approach each day with the attitude of, “everything I learn today will be applicable tomorrow”? That being said, the rest of this newsletter is full of information regarding the Student Nurses’ Association, upcoming events, student spotlights and instructor spotlights. Additionally, there is some advice for you first-years at the bottom. Questions? Feel free to contact me, Emily Danner, at [email protected]


What is the SNA and what does it mean for you?

“I like that we’re going in to the community and actually helping people as students.” –Carly Deicher


The SNA’s mission is to provide pre-nursing and nursing students with leadership, community outreach, and networking opportunities. In order to do this, the board members of our SNA have attempted to provide students with a number of different ways to participate in volunteer activities. The goal of these community outreach events is to improve nursing skills, meet nurses and other members in the health care field, and give something meaningful back to our communities. Additionally, working in the community gives us real life experiences allowing us to learn more about ourselves and illuminate potential career aspirations. As a result of our efforts, we were awarded the Most Active Club award and the Globe Trotter award by the Counsel of Clubs during the 2011-2012 school year. With the addition of many new first year students we believe we will be able to reach out to even more people and organizations this year!


Do you know somebody who would like to be a part of the SNA but isn’t sure how? Signing up is three easy steps, so click here!


If you, or someone you know has a volunteer opportunity you would like the SNA to be a part of, please e-mail Carly Deicher at [email protected]



Upcoming Events

October 9 – Papa’s Pizza fundraiser, all day

October 10 and October 11 – Health and Awareness Fair 12-6 in the cafeteria

October 13 – Saturday market

October 18 – Vaccination Clinic at 4J School district

October 23 – Vaccination Clinic at 4J School district

November 5 – November SNA meeting, 3:00

November 6 – LCC vaccination clinic, 11-2

November 7 – LCC vaccination clinic, 2-430

November 14 – Vaccination clinic, Eugene Mission, 1-5 (first year students welcome)

November 14 – Ninkasi fundraiser; 5-830 (25% of proceeds to group traveling abroad)

**Check the calendar on the SNA website for an updated list of events as this changes rapidly!**


Student Spotlight


First year: Kelsi Newton

My name is Kelsi Newton and I was born in a small town on the Oregon coast called Toledo. I moved to Eugene right out of high school and immediately began working and going to school. My hometown has one grocery store and one stoplight so moving to Eugene was quite an eye opener! I chose to go to LCC because I was planning to get my AAOT degree and transfer later to a four-year college.


When first starting at LCC, I had no idea what career I wanted to pursue. I chose to go into the nursing field because I have always been interested in having a job where I can help people on a daily basis. I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field and after going back and forth between a few different careers, I decided nursing is what I wanted to do.


Nursing seems like such a great career. Although I am just beginning, I feel like I have learned so much already! I am so excited to be able to meet and help new people every day. I think it is great that nurses have so much diversity in their job. They help patients from various cultures that all have different illnesses and every day, nurses deal with different situations. I like knowing that no day at my job will be exactly like the day before. All of the equipment, procedures and medications are constantly changing and it will be fun being able to continuously learn new things while on the job. I am very excited about being in the nursing program and I can’t wait to overcome the challenges that will be thrown at me!

Second year: Jim Brauer

Hello there. My name is Jim Brauer, and I am a second-year nursing student. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and went to college the first time for a humanities degree at the University of Arizona in Tucson. After many years of working in restaurants and traveling, I quit my job in Colorado, and came to Eugene to stay with a friend. Having threatened to go to nursing to school for a few years, I enrolled at LCC in medical terminology to see if I felt any affinity for medicine, and ran with it from there. To my complete shock, I got accepted into Lane's nursing program in 2011, survived the first year, and-- wow! --here I am.


My first piece of advice to first-year students is to keep the overall objective of nursing school in mind-- that is, everything you learn in the books is going to have a practical application in the clinical setting. Yes, you want to pass your exams, but it’s not just theory anymore. Everything from physiology to psychology to pharmacology will have important hands-on implications when you start working as an RN a couple years from now. Trust me, they don't test us on motivational interviewing and cardiac drugs just to be annoying! So when you study, don’t simply study for the test. Instead, try to imagine that that patient that will be in your hands not too long from now.

My second piece of advice is to have fun! You will be surprised how these almost total strangers that you see around you will quickly become like an extended family. The LCC instructors truly create a supportive and nurturing environment to help us learn and grow as students, and I feel fortunate to be in this program and this profession. Work hard and best wishes!


Advice from Second year students

1. DON’T take things too seriously or forget to have fun – you’ll hear Tom say a number of times to make time for “self care” – LISTEN TO HIM!

2. DON’T try to do this by yourself – we’re all here to support each other!

3. DON’T get lost in the readings – listen to the teachers!

4. DO get your projects out of the way early

5. DO feel free to approach ANY second year students if you have questions!


First-year Instructor Spotlight: Toby Catlin


1. Why did you get in to nursing?

I got into nursing for many reasons, I enjoy people, and my previous experience was always in customer service. I see nursing with some similarities to customer service, just a little different. I also got into nursing because of the wide variety of career choices that become available to a nurse. I have already done 3 very different nursing jobs, and never had to back to school to obtain a completely different degree to do so.


2. What do you like to do when you're not a nurse?

I have a family that keeps me very busy, 2 girls in elementary school and a 20-month-old toddler. They tend to take up my free time :) I also play city league Basketball three times a week. I find this to be a great physical and social outlet.


3. Tell us one fun fact about yourself...

I am lover of travel. I have been to and lived in various countries. I traveled during nursing school breaks, and continue to travel when the kids are on break. Some of the places we have been are: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Thailand, Bali, Japan, Spain...I lived in Belize for a while and lived through a category 4 hurricane.


4. What advice do you have for first-year students?

Breathe...and create balance in your life. Nursing school will consume you if you let it. Come ready to learn everyday, work hard, and then go home and spend some time with someone or do something that makes you happy. You will find you able to learn more and learn better if you create balance. Also don’t try to learn everything the first day, it is a 2 year program. You will learn what you need to know before you graduate.


Second-year Instructor Spotlight: Jeanne Harcleroad


1. Why did you get in to nursing?

I was seeking a challenging career that would incorporate a commitment to service, and the opportunity for employment that would travel with me to other geographical areas. Years ago, when I started my first nursing program, there were limited opportunities for college educated women in other fields. My mother told me I could be a nurse or a teacher only, so I chose to be a nurse. At the time, I had no idea what it meant to be a nurse.


2. What do you like to do when you're not a nurse?

I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, and attending athletic events associated with the University of Oregon.


3. Tell us one fun fact about yourself...

My husband and I are involved in the rescue of giant breed dogs. We currently have a blind English Mastiff, a deaf St. Bernard, and a Neapolitan Mastiff puppy.


4. What advice do you have for second-year students?.

Start early and be patient with your job search. Never lose sight of compassion, giving and caring for others. When you have a commitment to service, your work as a nurse will sustain and renew you throughout your career.






Jan. 2012 - Newsletter

Posted by laneccsna on January 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Read Em and Reap!!

A warm greeting to Winter term!! I know that first year students are already trying to keep up with the reading that is assigned this term. Keep your chin up and your eyes focused on the prize. Believe in yourself and stay up on the reading. Find a great study partner or group. Get adequate sleep, nutrition and water!! Stick together, YOU CAN ALL DO IT!! As for second year students, it seems we have all awoke from the daze that engulfed us fall term as we all grappled to get our bearings once again. One final push and we can celebrate the victory of completing this journey and move ahead with the next phase of our lives : )

What is ahead for SNA this term?

HYGIENE DRIVE: LCC SNA is hosting a hygiene drive to gather supplies to donate to Eugene area homeless youth. Look for flyers with a list of donation items and donation bins in Building 30. Donations will be turned in February 4th, 2012. Lets show LCC and our local community that the LCC Nursing Program and the LCC SNA cares and wants to make a difference!

OSNA Convention: February 4th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. OHSU School of Nursing. $30 registration fee. Visit to register. It’s not too late! Hurst NCLEX Review: February 6th, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Bldg 30 room 121. The review will be free to members and $5 for non-members.

Rachel Hunt Presentation: February 13th, 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Free for all students! Rachel Hunt’s presentation will cover topics including: The emotional trauma associated with being intersexed and suffering from LCC SNA Board President: Kelcie Grace Collins Vice President: Leah Smith Secretary: Sarah Naidu Treasurer: Brandy Przybyla Media Director: Maggie Shatzel Projects Coordinator: Trisha Taubenkrau gender identity disorder. The effects transitioning from male to female had on herself, her family and her social interactions. The benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy. As well as her journey with Parkinson’s. Please read more about Rachel later in this newsletter.

RESUME Workshop: March 5th at 2 pm. If you are interested you will need to sign up for Work Source, upstairs in building 19. It is free to sign up for Work Source. Our workshop will be free to members and $5 for non-members.

Interim Position available on the LCC SNA Board!

Our board is undergoing transitioning of positions and we need you! The position of President and Secretary need to be filled! These interim positions will run from Feb. 4th through May 7th, at which time we will hold our annual BOD elections. All members are welcome to apply for either position. Elections will take place on Feb. 4th after the NCLEX meeting. If you are interested in applying please fill out the attached application and email it to [email protected] Also, be prepared to answer a question pertaining to your position of choice at the meeting. Please review the duties of each position below:

The President: Shall preside at all meetings of this association, appoint special committee as needed, perform all other duties pertaining to the office and represent this association in all matters to the local state nurses association, the local league for nursing, state nursing student association, National Student Nurses' Association, and other professional and student organizations. Shall serve as chairperson of the Board of Directors.

The Secretary: Shall record and distribute the minutes of all meetings of this association as directed by the President. Shall keep on file as a permanent record all reports, papers and documents submitted to the Secretary. Refer to dully appointed committees the necessary records for the completion of business. Forward minutes to the state nursing student association board as well as the names and addresses of all officers and committee chairpersons after their election or appointment. Deliver to the newly elected Secretary all association papers.

The work will teach you how to do it!!


Here’s what the 10 students that went on the Thailand Medical Volunteer Trip had to say about their experience.

“I feel so incredibly fortunate to have been able to go on this volunteer trip. I am so inspired by the resiliency and openness of the Thai people, and am determined to incorporate this inspiration into my work as a nurse. Thanks to everyone who helped make the trip a reality and especially to my amazing trip-mates!” LEAH SMITH

“Thailand was amazing. I found the trip to be less, me going to help them, and more, them teaching me what health care can and should be. Visiting citizens in their home to provide checkups and care was an experience I will never forget.” KELCIE GRACE COLLINS

“This Thailand trip was most likely a once in a lifetime experience for me and I can't believe how much I saw and learned. Bangkok was the craziest place I have ever seen and I really enjoyed visiting the different Buddah and the King's Palace there. In Surin, the nurses, students, and villagers were amazingly welcoming and friendly. I learned so much about communication with language barriers and how it is completely possible to understand each other with a bit of effort, plenty of patience, and a good attitude. I also really enjoyed the time on Koh Samet since it was non-stop from the get-go and it was good to relax and unwind from the term and the trip. I am so thankful that I took this opportunity to expand my horizons - both in nursing and in my personal life.” BRANDY WINN

“The Thailand trip was a dream come-true for me. One of the reasons I ventured into nursing was to make a difference in my community and abroad as well. I fell in love with the people of Thailand and was delighted in a lot of the nursing practices we observed. By the end of the trip I felt I had grown as a person as well as a nurse, and growth was apparent in my fellow nursing travelers. We were challenged in ways we never expected and I personally was impressed how well we utilized our communication and teamwork skills, as well as demonstrated flexibility in unpredictable situations.” BRANDY PRZYBYLA

“Everything is a once in a lifetime experience and this trip to Thailand no different. Opportunities like this provide personal, professional and spiritual growth for all who are willing to continue molding. I learned so much about the healthcare system in Thailand, cultural and health related beliefs of the people, and the universal language of laughter and smiles. I appreciate the camaraderie, support and acts of love and kindness from my fellow travelers. Thank you to all that supported this experience, I am forever grateful! I promise to give back : )” MAGGIE SHATZEL

"The cultural immersion experience of being in Thailand surrounded by wonderful, smiling people, fascinating architecture, strange smells of delicious exotic food, overwhelmed me with joy. Every moment was filled with intense cross-cultural communication and exchange of values, beliefs and views on the world. I learned so much about living within a community that truly appreciates and supports its elders. In the rural villages and within the city families pulled together to provide love and support to people in need in their community. The generosity of the Thai people filled my heart with gratitude and abundance." ERIN HOWES

“There is no one highlight for me because the whole trip was awesome! I was able to hang with my super cool nursing buddies while learning so much from a country, culture and people where there is much to learn from. From a nursing prospective, our home visits in the villages helped me better understand my future as nurse as we plan to move from acute care towards community care/primary prevention.” MATTHEW JOHNSON

“I thought I was going to Thailand to "save the world" but what I took home from this trip was what the people of Thailand taught me. They were truly grateful for the volunteers who came into their homes. It showed how kind and thankful they were when they graciously welcomed us into their home, and told us their experience with illness. It was truly a wonderful experience.” SARAH NAIDU

"There were ups and downs, (many more ups of course) but through the entire trip I learned so much. Thai culture, Thai health care, Thai lifestyle and most importantly I learned that I have so much to learn and so much to discover. My favorite part of Thailand was volunteering in the villages, being welcomed in to a complete strangers home and feeling so comfortable and so respected. It was an amazing feeling being greeted and well liked by people I just met. I would love to go back to Thailand and spend more time there, enjoying the people and venturing around the beautiful country!" JESSICA WILLIAMS

JESSE KENNEDY shared a poignant personal letter of how this trip was life changing for him. I know that each member of our team had an experience like this, but with limited space I will share only Jesse’s.

“My experience is Thailand was amazing beyond all description. I was overwhelmed by the friendliness of nearly everyone we met. Of course there were challenges with traffic and the language, but things went far better than I could have imagined.”

“The ability to communicate is something that I have taken for granted. At times the language barrier seemed inescapable and overpowering, but for the most part we were still able to communicate through nonverbal means. I was notorious during the trip for pulling out pictures of my family to show when the opportunity presented itself. One village in particular provided me with an extraordinarily moving experience that needed very little words to understand each other. I met a man who was depressed and self-medicating with excessive amounts of alcohol, in short he was an alcoholic. The man was too old to work and lived with his wife and grandson. His son had moved away to another country for work and left him to take care of the grandchild. His son did not make attempts to communicate with him or the grandchild and did not help send any resources. I learned this information through an interpreter, while we were taking his blood pressure and blood glucose levels. I did not need the interpreter to see the look of pain, loss and resignation in his eyes.”

“Although I had only known him for a few moments I felt a very strong connection to this man. I was feeling a similar heartache for my family back home. I have the same fear that I can possibly fail at raising my son or daughter. I wanted to in some way communicate with him that the best thing he can do is take the best care of his grandson that he can, which includes taking care of himself and setting a precedent of responsibility. I know it is a small gesture, but I decided to give the man my hat. I asked the interpreter to tell him that his grandson needs him, and that I need him to take care of himself and take care of the hat. I told him that I would someday be back to check on the hat and that I expected him to be healthy and sober. He began to cry and put his arm around me. He told me that I was a good man and that I would now be his son-in-law. We embraced for a few moments, until my interpreter pulled me along. By this time, our group had moved on and I had to catch up, but he promised to meet up with me later.”

"The group and I spent the rest of the morning meeting great people and helping assess their health and current progress with disease progression. All of our groups met up at the village meeting center before we left and my surrogate father-in-law was waiting for me. He had two chairs with him and was wearing a rather stylish Oregon Ducks hat. He put the chairs in front of a pond and gestured for me to sit with him. We shared packaged peanuts and tamarinds while we looked out on the lake in silence, because no words were needed. In those moments it was clear that we were both sharing a special moment, we were two fathers longing for our children. Every man fears the failure of raising his children, we want to raise children that are better than us in every way. Time seemed to stand still and all was momentarily well in the world. He then put his hand on my knee and said, in English, "I love you, my son." More tears followed. It is clear to me that love needs no language and hearts cross every border."

Nicaragua 2012!!

The LCC SNA will be traveling to southwest Nicaragua in December 2012 for about two weeks. We will be volunteering in the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, visit their website at volunteer-abroad-2.php

While in Nicaragua we will be volunteering in a local clinic, touring the hospital, and organizing a health fair for the locals. There are 14 students interested in the trip, we are holding 5 spots for incoming nursing students. The SNA is hoping to carry on the abroad trip with the in-coming nursing students every year.

Student Spotlight

If you would like to suggest a student to spotlight please contact Maggie Shatzel at [email protected]

Jesse Kennedy – 1st year

I was born in Eugene. My stepdad was a contractor, so we built a house and moved every two years. I went to a lot of different schools before settling in at Elmira High School from where I graduated. I worked as a carpenter since I was 15. I attended the University of Oregon for one year, but buckled to pressure from my stepdad to come back to work fulltime and get my General Contractor's license. I wanted to be a pediatrician since I was 5, but I was not able to find the time to go back to college.

I have a 5 year old daughter named Kya and a 2 year old son named Julien. My daughter has taught me that you have to make your dreams happen, because I can't tell her that she can do anything she puts her mind to if I don't follow my own advice. I decided that the best way to achieve my goal of family-based healthcare was to become a Nurse Practitioner. I plan to get my RN from LCC and get my BSN online, before heading to OHSU to complete my masters in nursing. I plan to specialize in general practice medicine and work in a clinic. My ultimate dream is to operate a clinic centered on wellness that offers many aspects of healthcare including medicine, exercise, nutritionists, childcare and family development.

Matthew Johnson - 2nd year

Heyo, I hail from the land of Cottage Grove. I chose nursing because the body ceases to amaze me and helping people brings me great selfsatisfaction. Also, nursing is relevant and needed everywhere on our planet because humans are everywhere and all of us need help in some way or form. After graduation I hope to find a job in an acute care setting for several years and hone in my nursing skills. I do plan to get my BSN and my future plans include volunteering or working internationally as a nurse where I can visit my roots in India and help out there. My hobbies eating, volleyball and spreading awkward silence.....

Elena Daniels – 1st year

I grew up in Germany and moved to this country at age 12. I remember trying to order ice cream for the first time in a small town café: “One ice please…” The word sounded like the German word “Eis”, but when the help staff plopped down a large, frozen block of ice, I knew I had arrived in a new state of confusion. Much like nursing school.

In 1986 I was accepted into the same program but left for a minor detour of premedicine, Romance Languages (French, Spanish, and a little Italian and Portuguese), teaching English to Mexican school children, and becoming a mother of four wonderful children. When my now 19-year old daughter came down with infant botulism at 2 ½ months, I spent 6 weeks by her bedside in intensive care, and after so much time befriending death, sought to actively explore what it meant to be well. Next followed massage school and a 20-year practice, working with others on how to embrace their health. Now I feel prepared to take to my calling as a nurse practitioner—after a few more exams.

I love to learn just about anything, and I am really fascinated by humans: their personalities, motivations, and physicality. I have clocked 160 hours of human cadaver dissection, and have joked that I may be “a junkie”. Pathophysiology is food for my endless curiosity, and I have been known to go a bit “overboard”, at the expense of feeling a little odd. I joined the SNA because I believe that positive change happens best at the grassroots level, nursing or otherwise. I express great joy in meeting and working with fellow nursing students and the camaraderie the experience has brought me thus far.

Alice Haggerty – 2nd year

Becoming a nurse is a goal that has been in the back of my mind for several decades while raising my son Max born with Cystic Fibrosis. Although a difficult journey with him, I was fortunate to witness countless Healthcare professionals, doctors and nurses, tirelessly deliver quality healthcare to my son. A common theme of mastery and care for my family spoke to my heart and soul. In the end, what inspired this new life direction was going through Max’s Lung transplant ordeal in April 2007 when the most amazing Healthcare team from the University of Washington Medical Center guided us through this most unreal experience with grace, love, and support. Today my goal is to return this type of care to those in need of compassion and empathy. I feel my experience with my son’s condition will be an asset to my future nursing career understanding the value of advocating for patients and their families. I am honored to attend the Lane Community College Nursing Program, and I appreciate my many instructors and cohorts, and most importantly, my core group of study buddies.

I raised Max and his twin Lance in the small Alaskan town of Homer where I lived for almost 25 years. I lived a rich Alaskan life that included: my own jewelry business, a commercial fishing family, a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, a huge artistic community, and one of the most visually gorgeous locations on the planet full of energetic, like-minded souls!

Faculty Spotlight

LIZ NOVICKY– First year Clinical Instructor, Lecturer

From where did you graduate?

I graduated From Regis University in Denver Colorado. What is your favorite subject/topic to teach? I love lecturing about anything. As long as I can get up there and talk! But I especially love teaching in the clinical setting.

Best advice for nursing students?

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t forget to take care of number one…yourself.

Favorite book and/or movie?

My favorite movie is absolutely the original Star Wars Trilogy. There are so many great books I’ve read. The Hobbit has to be right up there with one of my favorites.

Any special plans for spring break or summer?

No plans yet. Wherever my passport and credit card can take me will be just fine!!!

MARY LOU LYNCH – Second Year Clinical Instructor, Lecturer, SIM

From where did you graduate?

I graduated with my Bachelors in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary's College, a women's Catholic college in Southern California and my Master's degree from OHSU.

What is your specialty area?

My specialty is Pediatrics although I enjoy working with adults as well.

What is your favorite subject/topic to teach?

My favorite classes to teach are the classes related to pediatrics. I have a special passion for pediatrics but I also enjoy teaching adult content, especially Multiple Organ Dysfunction (Acute Nursing 2).

Best advice for nursing students?

My advice for nursing students is to be sure to take advantage of every learning opportunity that is available during nursing school. Collectively, these experiences will give you a broad base of skills and knowledge that will support you well throughout your career.

What is you favorite book/movie?

I don't go to the movies often. The last movie I saw was Water for Elephants. I also read the book. I liked the book better because the book contains a thread about the main character's experiences living in a nursing home. I loved that the book demonstrated the contrast between the nurses who treated him as a helpless object vs. the richness of the relationship that developed between him and his favorite nurse who treated him as a person. My favorite pastime is playing tennis.


It’s almost official. We will be graduating in less than 5 months!! I am happy to report that Julia Kunko has secured a location, date and time for our pinning ceremony. The pinning ceremony will take place at The Willamette Christian Center located at 18th and Hawkins on Sunday June 17th from 3-6 pm. This venue can seat approximately 1500 people!! We will have a dress rehearsal on Thursday June 14th from 3-5 pm. We understand that not all will be able to attend the dress rehearsal, but hoping that those that can will. The cost of this venue is $900.00. The graduation committee has voted to have each graduate that attends purchase a $10.00 ticket. Family and friends will not be required to purchase tickets to this event. We have a committee in place that will be in charge of the decorating, light snacks and beverages. We are looking for volunteers to help with set-up and clean up. If the $10.00 ticket price is a hurdle for anyone we would be willing to provide a scholarship in exchange for volunteering to help clean up after the event.

The graduation committee has also been working on planning a graduation party for Friday June 15th in the evening. We are estimating that the cost for this event will be $35/person. Each graduate is invited to bring one adult guest (over 21) and must purchase an additional ticket. We are working hard to secure a venue and are hoping that this cost will cover dinner, entertainment and possibly one beverage. If anyone has any suggestions for a venue, music or any other ideas please let Melanie King, Jane Snar or Julia Kunko know.

The next meeting of the Graduation committee will be Monday Feb 13th at NOON in Building 30.

Tools of the Trade

If you have any you would like to share please contact Maggie Shatzel at [email protected]


Set goals, take class notes, manage your time, control internal and external distractions, establish a routine, simulate a school environment, prepare for class and balance sacrifices and rewards ; )


Memorization: Repeatedly reciting out loud, reviewing in your mind, writing it down.

Alphabet cues: combination of significant letters

VIRchow’s Triad

V = vascular trauma

I = increased coaguability

R = reduced blood flow (stasis)

Acronyms: word formed from the first letters of a series of facts.

S/S of hyponatremia = SALT LOSS

S = stupor/coma L = limp muscles (weakness), Lupus

A = anorexia/nausea/vomiting O = orthostatic hypotension

L = lethargy S = seizure/headache

T = tendon reflexes decreased S = stomach cramping


Treatment for CHF = UNLOAD FAST

U = upright position (sitting) F = fluid ⇓

N = Nitro A = afterload ⇓

L = Lasix S = sodium ⇓

O = oxygen T = tests – Dig, ABG, K+

A = Aminophylline (bronchodilator)

D = Digoxin

Mnemonics: a phrase, motto, verse

“Can’t pee, can’t see, can’t spit, can’t …..” Anticholinergic Effects --> Urinary retention, blurred vision, dry mouth, constipation.

Recommended Intentional Learning:


Anna Dillon has recommended the following book for those interested in improving their skills with interpreting EKG’s.

Rapid Interpretation of EKG’s. By Dale Dubin, MD

Amazon book description: The reader's rapid assimilation of medical concepts is the key to the continuing success of this best-selling book. A caption explains the concept illustrated on each page, and a few simple sentences reinforce the concept with interactive (programmed) learning, which links to the following page. Dr. Dubin's light and entertaining style, known world-wide, makes learning enjoyable. Practice twelve-lead tracings at the end establish selfconfidence, and summarized reference sheets with examples (designed to be copied) provide an excellent review.


Nursing Notes Live, a twice-monthly podcast series brought to you by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, delivers exclusive interviews and news segments that provide further insight on topics featured in the award-winning monthly e-newsletter Nursing Notes. The enewsletter offers the latest industry news, trends and updates in nursing. Each month, there will be two all-new episodes of Nursing Notes Live, which will expand on the content in Nursing Notes. The series is hosted by fellow nurse and podcast producer, Jamie Davis. Check out to subscribe to all episodes of this podcast and to subscribe to Nursing Notes.

Hygiene Drive

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OSNA Convention

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    Sign up to attend the OSNA 2012                   Annual Convention at                      
        Hope to see you all there! 


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Our group had an amazing time in Thailand! We learned so much as a group and truely grew as individuals. Check out some of our pictures and look for our upcoming articles in both LCC newpaper and OSNA's newsletter. 

Papa's Pizza/Dickie Joe's Fundraising Voucher

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Newsletter No. 5

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Greetings First Year, Welcome Back Second Year!!

WOW!! What a summer. I hope everyone is rested up and ready for a great year! The LCC SNA has been quite active over the summer and we hope the upcoming year provides our members with many opportunities to volunteer and gain experience in our local community. If you are not yet a member, sign up now!! We hope that the Student Nurse Association will provide a bridge between first and second year students. We encourage all to become involved and spread their wings. Our big event this year will be an abroad trip to Thailand over winter break. SNA members have been busy this summer with logistics and fundraising. Unfortunately space was limited and we are filled up. If you were unable to participate this year, start planning for next year. Believe us, it is not too soon to start planning. More about our trip later in the newsletter.


YOGA CLASS to get the year started right!!


Everyone’s invited to a free yoga class on Monday October 17th at 6:30 am (yes, we know it’s early) in building 5 room 132. Come and learn stress relieving and breathing techniques to get the term started on the right track. Remember: techniques cultivated in yoga can also complement your patient care. Please bring a yoga mat or a towel and a blanket. 


Student Spotlight

Each newsletter I will spotlight students from first year and second year. I will accept suggestions from faculty, clinical and lab instructors and fellow students. I am interested in spotlighting students that have interesting world, life and professional stories. We all have something to share and I hope by sharing stories about fellow students we can become closer and grow as individuals and peers. If you would like to suggest a student to spotlight please contact Maggie Shatzel at [email protected]

Kelcie Grace Collins - 2nd Year

Kelcie Grace Collins is the President and one of the founding members of the LCC Student Nurse Association. She also serves on the board of the Oregon Student Nurse Association. In addition to completing 144 co-op hours this summer she also traveled with Global Volunteers to Romania for one month and gained experience as a caregiver in the orphanage wing of a hospital. Kelcie says “it was hard going from a hospital where you have everything you could possibly need to a hospital where you have nothing, not even soap.” This experience solidified Kelcie’s dream of becoming a pediatric nurse. She aspires someday to work as a pediatric nurse nine months out of the year and spend three months traveling and volunteering abroad. Her recent trip to Romania and future plans to travel to Thailand over winter break are a great way to get started achieving her dreams!

Sarah Naidu - 1st Year

Sarah Naidu is a first year nursing student and is also the Secretary of the LCC Student Nurse Association (the only 1st year student on the board!). She has worked tirelessly this summer helping to fundraise for the LCC SNA Thailand trip over winter break. Her enthusiasm is contagious and it will be exciting to witness the continued growth of the LCC SNA over the next few years. Sarah is married and the mother of four BOYS (ages 2, 10, 12 and 14). She enjoys the outdoors and spends her free time hiking, biking, camping, crabbing and exploring with her family. She enjoys cooking and is always excited to try something new. Sarah would love to go into labor and delivery or pediatrics after nursing school. She has 10 years experience in community dental care and wanted to go into dental hygiene until a personal bout with thyroid cancer changed her mind. “I’m in remission now, but after everything I went through I had found my calling. I want to be able to help people like the nurses that helped me.” Sarah is well on her way to making her dream a reality.

A special thank you to Kelcie Grace and Sarah for sharing their stories with the LCC SNA.

Faculty Spotlight


Well it isn’t fair to just spotlight the students so of course I will be spotlighting 2 instructors each newsletter.


Thomas Blickle – Clinical Instructor, Pathophysiology Instructor


From where did you graduate?


University of Oregon 1980 with a BA in English.

Portland Community College 1991 with an Associate Degree in Nursing

OHSU 1999 with a Masters in Gerontological Nursing


What is your specialty area?


Hospice and Palliative Care. I usually work as a hospice RN in the summers.


What is your favorite subject/specific topic to teach?


Any topic in Pathophysiology. I enjoy breaking disease processes down to patterns that are easy to understand.


What did you do over summer break?


My partner Ron and I took a road trip through Northern Carolina, then went to the Oregon Coast. Then I had a cervical fusion and had to wear a cervical collar for six weeks. Then we went on another road trip through Eastern Oregon and Idaho.


Best advice for nursing students?


1. Budget plenty of time for studying.

2. If you feel uncertain or worried, talk to a faculty person.

3. When choosing other students for a study group or to just hang out with, pick upbeat, fun people. Avoid the Misery Loves Company crowd.

4. Take time for exercise, good nutrition, rest and family.



Jennifer Tavernier – Clinical Instructor, Co-op Coordinator


From where did you graduate?


I graduated from U of O in 1997, then attended Lane's Nursing Program, graduated in 2003, and then continued at Indiana State University for my BSN and MSN.


What is your specialty area?


My area of specialty is Neurology.


What did you do over summer break?


Over the summer, I worked with nursing students in their cooperative education experiences, traveled with my husband and son to Poland, to visit my father and sisters, and to Istanbul. I also did a lot of hiking with my son and my dogs.


Best advice for nursing students?


My advice to nursing students is to put a lot of thought into their plan for self care and to practice it daily. Their plan for self care will not only be important in nursing school but throughout their career in nursing as well.


What is your favorite movie or book?


I love books. I don't think I can narrow it down to one favorite. There are a few books I can recommend to nursing students; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Tortilla Curtain, and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.


A special thanks to Tom and Jennifer for being the first instructors to share their personal thoughts and experiences with the Student Nurse Association newsletter.

Tools of the Trade


I am so excited to introduce this section of the SNA newsletter. This is where learning tools can be found. We all have different studying techniques, but every once in awhile someone has a great pneumonic to help memorize or better understand a pathology, drug interaction or lab result. If you have any you would like to share please contact Maggie Shatzel at [email protected]




Set goals, take class notes, manage your time, control internal and external distractions, establish a routine, simulate a school environment, prepare for class and balance sacrifices and rewards ; )




Memorization: repeatedly reciting out loud, reviewing in your mind, writing it down


Alphabet cues: combination of significant letters

The 3 P’s; cardinal signs of diabetes mellitus

polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia


Acronyms: word formed from the first letters of a series of facts


ALT vs. AST (Courtesy of Jan Killen)

These are liver function tests. What do they tell us?


Potential causes of abnormal ALT:

A – Actos, Avandia, Amioderone

L – liver infection

T – therapeutic agents


Potential causes of abnormal AST:

A – alcohol

S – statins

T – Tylenol


Mnemonics: a phrase, motto, verse


Class Has Me Depressed


Calcium, Hydrogen, Magnesium in excess will cause CNS

depression!! Decreased neuromuscular excitability.



We are so excited to share with the entire Nursing Program our plans to travel abroad to Thailand over Christmas Break. Kelcie Grace Collins and Leach Smith have worked tirelessly over the last year to make this dream a reality. Members of the SNA have begun fundraising for this journey by working with the LCC Foundation to solicit donations from local businesses, hosting car washes and garage sales and seeking personal donations from friends and family. We have four exciting events coming up and we are asking for your SUPPORT!! PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS.


CHILI’S FUNDRAISER: Monday October 3rd, 5 – 9 pm, pick up a flyer in the mailroom


PAPA’s PIZZA: Monday October 17th, all day, be sure to pick up a flyer in the mailroom


CONCERT AT NINKASI: Saturday October 22nd, 6-10 pm, $1 from each pint will be donated to our trip!

Still haven’t joined? Here is another reason you should!


As a member of your LCC SNA chapter you could save over $200! How? Well, if you are interested in becoming a member of the Oregon Nurses’ Association after your graduation and are already a member of OSNA you will receive a 75% discount on the membership dues for your first year and 50% discount your second year. That means you pay $32 now you will save over $200 over the next two years. This is applicable to first year AND second year students. This really is a money saving opportunity that you should not miss out on! The Oregon Nurses Association is a professional association and labor union representing registered nurses. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing and quality health care. Visit their website for more information. To sign up visit our website and clink on the “Sign Up” link on the left hand side. This will send you to a page that gives you a step-by-step guide on how to become an SNA member.

Recommended Intentional Learning:




Critical Care; A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

By Theresa Brown


“At my job, people die," writes Theresa Brown, capturing both the burden and the singular importance of her profession. Brown, a former English professor, chronicles her first year as an R.N. in medical oncology. She illuminates the unique role of nurses in health care, giving us a moving portrait of the day-to-day work nurses do: caring for the person who is ill, not just the illness itself. Brown takes us with her as she struggles to tend to her patients' needs, both physical and emotional. Along the way, we see the work nurses do to fight for their patients' dignity, in spite of punishing treatments and an often uncaring hospital bureaucracy. We also see how caring for the seriously ill gives Brown herself a deeper appreciation of what it means to be alive. Ultimately, this is a book about embracing life, whether in times of sickness or health. -- From publisher description



Nursing Notes Live, a twice-monthly podcast series brought to you by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, delivers exclusive interviews and news segments that provide further insight on topics featured in the award-winning monthly e-newsletter Nursing Notes. The e-newsletter offers the latest industry news, trends and updates in nursing. Each month, there will be two all-new episodes of Nursing Notes Live, which will expand on the content in Nursing Notes. The series is hosted by fellow nurse and podcast producer, Jamie Davis. Check out to subscribe to all episodes of this podcast and to subscribe to Nursing Notes.

Free Yoga Class

Posted by laneccsna on September 14, 2011 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

LCC's Student Nurses' Association will be offering a free yoga class to all nursing and prenursing students on October 17th at 6:30 am at LCC campus. During this class you will be taught stress relieving techniques to use throughout the school year as well as breathing techniques to teach patients when medication or other interventions are unavailable or not working.

Please bring a mat or a towel AND a blanket. 

Welcome Potluck

Posted by laneccsna on September 6, 2011 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Welcome to Nursing School Potluck!


The LCC Student Nurses’ Association is hosting a potluck in honor of the class of 2013!

We know how intimidating it can be entering your first year of nursing school without knowing many of your fellow classmates (who, trust us, you will be spending a great deal of time with!), and without answers to many of your questions (damn you ADB!!). This is why we invite you to join us for a casual potluck this coming Friday, September 9th from 1300-1700. This will give us all an opportunity to get to know one another, answer your questions and pass on some valuable advice.

Returning second year students are all invited. Let’s have one last hurrah before we have to get back to work..


Families are welcome. We very much hope to see you all there!!


Questions? Contact us as [email protected]


When: Friday, September 9th from 1300-1700


Where: Alton Baker Park, main entrance


Who: All classes and families


What: Welcome Potluck - Please bring a dish to share.