Lane Community College Student Nurses Association


Fall 2012 Newsletter

Posted by laneccsna on October 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM

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]om


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.






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