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A Thank You From Helen Zelfel


helenLast week, we posted on Facebook announcing that Helen Zelfel will be retiring after 30 years of unprecedented service to Nebraska Methodist College. We all know how wonderful Helen is but we were blown away by how many of you commented and "liked" the post wishing Helen happiness in her retirement.

As you know, Helen has been the face of NMC for many years and has taken the concept of customer service to an exceptional level.  Over her 30 year tenure, Helen has assumed many roles from Housemother, Receptionist, Secretary in Childbirth Education and has worked in the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid and our Front Desk to name just a few. 

Throughout all of her 30 years and numerous positions her driving passion was to make sure that she knew all of the students and that each guest who entered the doors of NMC felt welcome.  Helen never missed an opportunity to make a great first impression with someone new to NMC. 

Helen’s last day with NMC will be Friday, November 22, 2013 so if you have a chance, stop by the front desk to wish her well in her retirement.

Because Helen is not on Facebook or Twitter (maybe something she can take up in retirement?), we sat down and showed her all of the kind things you all were saying after her retirement announcement. So she has taken the time to write a thank you in a way that only Helen can. Enjoy...

From Helen Zelfel:

Wow…..I truly have been touched by the many messages sent in response to my retirement from NMC via face book.  As November 22nd approaches I am feeling sad at the thought of not seeing the many students, faculty and staff who pass this desk.  I have been amazingly touched by the number of people who have blessed my life in the past 30 years.

I’ve heard (and even said) “It’s your family who will remember you, not the people at your work”.  After pondering this statement, I will  beg to differ (even with myself). 

I can go back 30 years and still remember:

  • Louise James (now retired, former supervisor of housekeeping),  Lynn (now retired, the lady who started up the bookstore)

  • Dr. Roger Koehler (now deceased, former NMC President….walked by the desk with a twinkle in his eyes and would say “Have a nice day” on a daily basis)

  • Jean Beyer (now deceased, but such an instrumental person in making NMC so people friendly and oh boy was she ever phenomenal with the programs she shared with so many people)

  • Susan (Bauer’s) Joslin (now at College of St. Mary’s, she was instrumental in helping a former student deal with her blindness and yes helping so many other students)

  • Cheri Micek (now retired, we worked the front desk together….now we will be visiting via telephone often)

  • Mark  (former student, who came for the kitchen key everyday so he could bake his Totino’s pizza)

  • Ryan and Beth Barr (former students who are now married…they knew each other before NMC)

  • Tim and Amber (former students, met at NMC and now married…I loved the story of that proposal)

  • Doug Warren (former student, loved our mini chats over his cup of coffee and my cup of cappuccino)

  • Mary Davis (former student who only had two semesters before graduation and lost her vision. She is a true inspiration to me to this very day.  Mary, “I LOVE You!”).

I could go on and on and on and on ….my point being people (students, faculty, staff, etc.) are remembered and truly bless our lives and make us who we are.  All of the students, staff and faculty here are amazing. 

NMC is “My Best Place To Work”. 

Thanks for the memories!!!

Dress to Impress: What to Wear to Your Next Job Interview


womenbaseTis the season for costumes of all kinds — zombies, vampires and witches, among many others. However, if you have an upcoming job interview, unlike your Halloween costume, it’s important to choose an outfit that won’t scare away your future employer.

Like it or not, an employer’s first impressions of you will be formed within the first minutes of meeting you. What you choose to wear can go a long way toward getting your interview off on the right foot.

Whether you are just starting to apply for jobs or already have one or two interviews lined up, here are a few dos and don’ts to picking out what to wear to make a good impression on your potential employer:

  • Business dress is best. Choose a business suit, especially when interviewing for upper-level positions. For entry-level positions, women should wear a blouse with dress pants or a tailored skirt, while men should wear a shirt and tie with slacks. Avoid wearing low-cut shirts, tight or short skirts, and avoid dressing too casually.

  • Think conservatively. Choose clothing in darker colors, like navy, black or gray. Avoid wearing flashy colors. Wear conservative dress shoes that are business appropriate. Make sure to shine your shoes before your interview to get rid of any scuffs.

  • Leave the bling at home. Little to no jewelry is best. Especially avoid dangling jewelry like earrings or bracelets that can be distracting.

  • Use makeup and perfume in moderation. Wearing makeup and perfume (or cologne for men) is a good idea, but don’t overdo it. Too much makeup can send the wrong impression, while too much perfume can be annoying to your interviewer.

  • Confidence is key. Above all, you want to convey confidence to your potential employer. Choosing an outfit that you are most comfortable in will help you appear confident in your interview.

Bachelor’s Program Prepares Students for Advanced Careers in Medical Imaging


imaging sciences on ipadCareers in medical imaging are great for individuals who are tech-savvy and have a keen eye for capturing the perfect image. Medical imaging professionals use high-tech imaging equipment and computers to produce detailed images that allow physicians to diagnose disease or trauma in patients.

In its first year at Nebraska Methodist College, the Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences program is preparing students for advanced careers in medical imaging.

The degree allows students to pursue upper-level positions in high-demand careers such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The degree opens the doors for students to pursue radiologic job opportunities in management, teaching and supervisory roles with a higher base salary.

Nebraska Methodist College’s Imaging Sciences program serves as either a dual degree program or degree completion program. Through the program, students can work simultaneously to earn an associate’s in Radiography and bachelor’s in Imaging Sciences; or students who already have an associate’s degree in Radiography can transfer previous credits toward the bachelor’s degree.

After completion of the associate’s portion of the program, students can apply to take the national registry and become a Registered Radiologic Technologist (R.T.). The majority of the bachelor’s portion of the program takes place online, allowing students to work while completing the degree on their own schedule.

VIDEO: New Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


Nebraska Methodist College is proud to announce its newest degree program - the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The new online program is Nebraska Methodist College's first doctorate degree and will prepare nurses to meet the demands of an increasingly complex health care system.

Watch the video for more information about the new program.


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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lin Hughes, Dean of Nursing


Lin Hughes, Dean of NursingDr. Lin Hughes is the Dean of Nursing at Nebraska Methodist College. Hughes has extensive experience in both nursing and education. She has worked for 42 years as a nurse and 30 years as an educator. Hughes took time this week to discuss her career, advice for nursing students and what makes NMC special.

What is your background in nursing, and what has been your career path to becoming the Dean of Nursing at NMC?

Oh my, where to start? My husband was a pilot in the Air Force so we moved about every three years. Nursing is wonderful as a career because of its flexibility. I started out as a surgical nurse in an eight-room operating room in Colorado Springs, Colo., then became the charge nurse on an orthopedic-neurologic unit in Valdosta, Ga. I took critical care courses and next became the charge nurse in the pediatric unit, emergency department and intensive care unit at a rural hospital in Caribou, Maine, for more than three years.

We moved to Rapid City, S.D., where I worked on a progressive step-down unit and started my journey in teaching. I started my MSN (educator focus) and taught at the diploma school associated with Rapid City Regional Hospital, then at the diploma school in Dayton, Ohio. Our next move was to Moreno Valley, Cal., where I taught nursing at Riverside Community College and finished my MSN at Loma Linda University. I also worked supplemental in intensive care units there and became the supervisor at Riverside Nursefinders.

Our next military orders were to Offutt Air Force Base. I started in the MICU at Methodist Hospital and started teaching at Nebraska Methodist College. I continued to work supplemental in the ICU and teaching full time. In 2002, I received my PhD from UNMC. In 2006, I became the BSN Nursing Director at NMC and was mentored by Dr. Marilyn Valerio. In 2012, I became the Dean of Nursing.

You’ve worked both as a nurse and an educator for much of your career. How did you manage to do both?

I have worked for the last 22 plus years in the Methodist Hospital critical care unit and became certified in critical care 20 years ago. About nine months ago, I decided to devote the time to my present role as dean and gave my notice. I worked casual status/supplemental in ICU while teaching at NMC. The critical care supervisor was very flexible with my schedule on the weekends because of my full time position at the college. I thought that it was important to keep my skills current while teaching as an educator.

hughes flehartyWhat is the most common piece of advice you give to your nursing students?

I just spoke to the NRS445 and NRS446ACE classes about the importance of forming a plan for future education and promoted lifelong learning. I stressed the impact that joining professional organizations can have on a career in keeping abreast of best practices, developing leadership skills and networking. The greatest advice for our nursing students would be to keep caring, knowledge and safety at the center of their nursing practice.

What sets Nebraska Methodist College apart?

NMC is special because of our focus on the individual student and wanting to develop every student into the best healthcare practitioner — one with a heart to care for each individual patient.

What do you like to do outside of your job at NMC?

My family of four children, four grandchildren and husband is my main focus outside of NMC. We do enjoy each other  — whether playing soccer in the backyard, watching the grandchildren play sports, or hiking at our cabin in Colorado (despite the recent 12 inches of rain and no roads). I love to read, cook, entertain and work out at the YMCA whenever time permits.


Nine Affordable Things To Do in Omaha



Being a college student often means living on a tight budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. Omaha is a hub of things to do that won’t break your bank. If you are looking to get out and about without spending a lot of dough, put down that Ramen, because we’ve got some great ideas for you:

students downtown omaha

  1. Ride the slides at the Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall. Seasoned sliders bring wax paper for extra speed. After that, head over to the Old Market to take in Omaha culture at its finest.
  2. Take your picture standing in two states on the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge. Then enjoy all the great parks and attractions Omaha’s riverfront has to offer.
  3. Be inspired at one of Omaha’s art galleries. The Joslyn Art Museum , the Bemis Center and Hot Shops all have free admission. Also, don’t miss Artsarben later this month at Stinson Park.
  4. Air guitar to some of Omaha’s best bands. Catch a free concert at Midtown Crossing or go see a local show at the Slowdown or the Waiting Room — both popular all-ages venues. Some local shows are as cheap as $5.
  5. Ride like the wind down the Keystone Trail — just a half-mile from campus — or explore Omaha on one of its many other trails.
  6. Make a hole in one. Forget about green fees — play a round of disc golf at Seymour Smith Park at 72nd and Harrison streets.
  7. Pay homage to our country’s veterans at Memorial Park. Memorial Park is a great place for a walk or ride. It’s also an excellent spot to go sledding in the winter.nmc bowling league
  8. Pick up a spare at one of Omaha’s many bowling alleys. Bowling is a great group pastime that doesn’t break the bank, and West Lanes bowling alley is just a mile and a half from campus near 72nd and Dodge streets.
  9. Shop for groceries at an Omaha farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets near campus include Aksarben Village, Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Midtown Crossing, Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Some of the farmer’s markets have free entertainment and, best of all, free samples!

Behind the Mask of a Surgical Technology Student


molly boucYou may have already read our previous blog talking about What is a surgical tech? so we thought in honor of 2013 National Surgical Technologist Week, we would highlight the successes and insights of Nebraska Methodist College's very own student, Molly Bouc.

Molly is a second year Surgical Technology student from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is set to graduate with her Associate of Science in Surgical Technology in May 2014.

Hands On in the O.R.

Surgical technology is an exciting, hands-on, impactful career choice. "One of the main reasons, I want to be a surgical technologist is that I like the overall idea of seeing something new each day walking into the operating room. With every person's anatomy being different, you never quite know what to expect once a surgery begins on a patient, " said Molly.

"What solidified the idea for me was while attending a Medical Youth Leadership Conference, I was able to witness a live feed of a knee replacement. While others squirmed at the site, I was immediately drawn to the image. From there, the journey began in seeking out how I, too, could be a part of such a miraculous experience."

surgical technology studentLearn It. Do It.

Education is important, like any career, to gain the skills and knowledge to be a successful scrub tech. Some of the most popular courses are those that take place in high-tech labs that give students an opportunity to learn and practice their skills in a learning environment.

"I’m a hands on learner and love getting involved in the action. So, having the opportunity to practice the skills we learned in a lab setting overall connected the picture for me on a larger scale."

It's All About Family. 

Nebraska Methodist College takes pride in our learning environment. We're a family -- here to support you and help you succeed in the classroom and beyond. But according to Molly, that is what makes the surgical technology profession all the better.

"I think what I find most intriguing about the surgical technology profession is the family atmosphere. Working side by side with one another to get a task done gives an individual the feeling of being a part of a team and the feeling of accomplishment that goes along with it." 

Interested in Surgical Technology?

If you're interested in the profession, come visit our campus. See the labs, the tools, the experiences of a surgical technologist. Join us for one of our official Visit Days, where you can talk to an admissions representative, see campus and meet students and faculty.

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Watch a Video about Surgical Technology

Get Involved: Student Orgs


get invovledWhether you are looking for a challenge, want to make a difference, or are interested in meeting new people, Nebraska Methodist College has a variety of student organizations offering students a number of opportunities.

NMC’s student organizations range in focus, giving students a chance to be involved on campus, gain more knowledge about their chosen career path, or grow their personal faith.

Among their many activities, students involved in these organizations serve the campus community, organize events benefitting local non-profits and attend events focused on profession development.

According to Erika Pritchard, coordinator of Student Leadership Development at NMC, being involved in a student organization is a great way to learn skills outside the classroom that students will take with them into their careers.

“Through student organizations, students learn how to be leaders, work in teams, communicate effectively and make a difference in the lives of others — all highly important skills in the health care field,” says Pritchard.

NMC offers the following student organizations:

  • NMC Sorority is a social and service-oriented sorority open to all NMC students. The sorority promotes personal development and intellectual growth and works to build lasting bonds of friendship among students though community service, chapter meetings and social events.
  • Methodist Allied Health Student Association (MAHSA) is open to all students enrolled in allied health programs. The organization is focused on professional development and community service, and is divided into Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiology, Respiratory and Surgical Technology chapters.
  • Methodist Student Nurses’ Association (MSNA) prepares nursing students for the professional field and offers networking opportunities at the local, state, and national levels. MSNA is open to all nursing students.
  • Campus Crusade for Christ is a Christian interdenominational organization with chapters on college campuses throughout the world. The organization offers bible studies, missionary outreach trips, leadership retreats, joint events with local chapters and other social events.
  • Pathfinders is an opportunity for students to learn about themselves and others through team building activities and projects, including the planning of Carpe Diem — a summer overnight event for new students.
  • Student Government offers leadership opportunities for students interested in serving the NMC student body. Student Government is a medium of communication between the faculty, administration and students. Officers are elected each spring for the following academic year.
  • Student Housing Association promotes a positive environment for students, which encourages the appreciation of individuality and respect for diversity.
  • Ambassadors is a selected group of students who assist Admissions and Developmental Services staff in representing NMC to the public at college functions, recruitment activities, and orientations.

How to Survive Your First Weeks of College


orientation ronald mcdonaldFor freshman, the first few weeks of college are often a combination of fun and stress. You are living on your own for the first time, meeting new people and — most importantly — learning a lot of new things to set you on the path toward your career. Any one of those things can be either exciting or overwhelming, depending on your point of view.

It is important to get off to a good start and settle into your new life as a college student in the first weeks. Here are a few pointers to help you start off strong:

  • Go to class. You have probably heard this a hundred times by now, but this is the single most important thing you can do at college. It’s why here are here. One college class is filled with a lot more information than your average high school class, so attending each one is important.
  • Make a schedule and don’t procrastinate. Keep a planner of when you have class and when your assignments are due. Also, don’t wait until the last minute to study or finish an assignment.
  • Meet new people. College is a chance for you to make new friends who share your passion. Your new friends will also become your support group when things get stressful. Seek out social activities or student organizations on campus where you can get to know your fellow students.
  • Stick around on the weekends. The first weekends of the school year are a great time to connect with your new friends outside of the classroom.
  • Explore your surroundings. If you are new to Omaha, go see a movie, watch a concert or go walk around downtown and get acclimated to the area.
  • Take care of yourself.  Eat healthy and exercise to avoid the “freshman 15.” If you’re looking for a place to work out, try Nebraska Methodist College’s fitness center. Also, make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
  • Have fun! College is a great experience on many levels. Enjoy it and make the most of your opportunities.

Preparing for Your Online Course


online graphicThe Fall 2013 session of online courses recently began at Nebraska Methodist College. We thought it appropriate during this back-to-school season to share some helpful tips to being successful in the virtual classroom: 

Make your online course a priority. Take your online course just as seriously as if you were in an on-campus class. Your GPA can’t tell the difference. Be aware of all your assignments that are due — not just tomorrow, but over the coming weeks.

Manage your time. Online classes are great for working professionals with unpredictable schedules, but make sure to schedule study time every day to log into your online course. Try to set a routine study time each day. Work and family interruptions happen, but the routine will help you study consistently.

Make a study space. Study in a place where you can get away from distractions. Doing your coursework in an at-home office setting or at your local library is a good alternative to the couch in front of the TV or trendy coffee shop.

Read your course syllabus closely. It will lay out clearly the course expectations, grading, required textbooks, learning tools at your disposal, and required hardware and software for the course. Your syllabus is your course manual.

Back up your work. Before submitting your assignments, save them on your computer and back them up on a flash drive. Sometimes glitches happen and backing your work up multiple times will protect you from having to do it over.

Be involved. In online courses, participation is often a big part of your grade. It’s also where learning takes place. Login every day and take time to be part of the discussion.

Have a study buddy. Make a friend in the course with whom you can discuss questions and assignments either offline or through other channels.

Ask questions. If you are having trouble with an assignment, don’t be afraid to ask your professor about it. If you are having software problems, ask our Education Technology Department. (Have questions right now? Visit our Online FAQ.)

Use what you learn! Take what you learn in your online course and apply it in your real-world career.


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