Lane Community College Student Nurses Association


Jan. 2012 - Newsletter

Posted by laneccsna on January 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM

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.


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