Lane Community College Student Nurses Association


Newsletter No. 5

Posted by laneccsna on October 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM

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



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