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Fall 2014 Dean's List Announced

Posted on Mon, Jan 26, 2015

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Degree-seeking students with a 3.75 semester grade point average (GPA) or better and are enrolled in 12 or more credit hours have qualified for the Dean's List. Honor Roll recipients are certificate students with a 3.75 GPA or better

Students named to the Nebraska Methodist College Dean's List for Fall 2014:

First Name Last Name High School
Bethany         Allen                          Papillion LaVista South HS    
Ashley          Appelt                         Ainsworth High School         
Jacquelyn       Arant                          Westside High School          
Emily           Bateman                        Plattsmouth High School       
Shawn           Bathel                          
Stephanie Bergstrom Vicksburg Community HS (MI)
Jamie           Bishop                         Bellevue East High School     
Sara            Bobo                           North Platte High School      
Wendy           Boller                         Dorchester High School        
Taylor          Bopes                          Elkhorn High School           
Ryan            Brechbill                      Burke High School             
Brittany        Buffum                         Plattsmouth High School       
Ashley          Burbridge                      Tri-Center High School        
Mehgan          Carlsen                        West Harrison High School     
Morganne        Cernik                         Mercy High School             
Abby            Core                           Guthrie Center High School    
Jade            Cunningham                     Laurel High School            
Victoria        Daher                          Gross High School             
Jennifer        Daley                          St. Albert High School        
Kelsey          Detweiler                      Millard South High School     
Jennifer        Dobey                          Papillion-LaVista High School 
Samantha        Docken                         Blair High School             
Rachel          Fedorko                        Marian High School            
Kathryn         Francisco                      Carlisle High School (IA)     
Kathleen        Franco                         Marian High School            
Samantha        Gohr                           Weeping Water High School     
Jennifer        Hansen                         Elkhorn South High School     
Kaelah          Hataway                        Bellevue East High School     
Kendra Holderman Central Christian High School(OH)
Crystal         Hraban                         North Platte High School      
Kirstin         Hugo                           Vermillion High School        
Julia           Jacobs                         Elkhorn High School           
Kate            Jennings                       Bellevue East High School     
Samantha        Jones                          Tekamah-Herman High School    
Megan           Jorgenson                      Millard South High School     
Beth            Kalemkiarian                   Lincoln Southeast High School 
Abby            Ketter                         Norfolk Catholic High School  
Jaime           Kilday                         Abraham Lincoln High School   
Britney         Kirby                          Northwest High  School        
Chelsie         Kirby                          Millard North High School     
Baili           Kleinberg                      East High School              
Jenna           Kneip                          Millard South High School     
Katelyn         Kurtz                          Papillion LaVista South HS    
Rachel          Labedz                         Marian High School            
Cari            Laughlin                       Elmwood-Murdock High School   
Jaycie          Limley                         Burke High School             
Sarah           Marang                         Millard South High School     
Charles         McBride                        Bellevue West High School     
Megan           McClellan                      Ralston High School           
Brenda          Mcelroy                        Thomas Jefferson High School  
Megan           McKelvey                       Auburn High School            
Jessica         Melcher                        Papillion-LaVista High School 
Michaela        Meyer                          IKM High School               
Lauren          Narak                          Papillion LaVista South HS    
Skyler          Newhouse                       Millard West High School      
Annie           Niewohner                      Central Catholic High School  
Brittany        Nordby                         Logan-Magnolia Jr Sr High School             
Patrick         O'Donnell                      Westside High School          
Jessica         Otto                           West Fargo High School (ND)                  
Taylor          Pabian                         Papillion-LaVista High School 
Melisa          Padilla                        Bryan High School             
Meagan          Palensky                       Raymond Central High School   
Mindy           Papstein                       Norfolk Senior High School    
Michelle        Peacock                        Papillion LaVista South HS    
Sarah           Pelini                         Cardinal High School          
Ashley          Petersen                       Skutt Catholic High School    
Katlyn          Pfeiffer                       Doniphan-Trumbull High School 
Denise          Plagmann                       Harlan Community High School  
Nora            Pomerenke                      Lincoln Lutheran Ms/HS        
Chelsea         Portofee                       Papillion LaVista South HS    
Jessie          Pudenz                         East Sac High School (IA)                    
Ashley          Rivera                         Millard South High School     
Christal        Robinson                       Roncalli High School          
Emily           Ronspies                       Pierce High School            
Tori            Ross                           Northwest High  School        
Zachary         Roth                           Millard West High School      
Melanie         Royal                          Skutt Catholic High School    
LeaAnn          Runcie                         Minden High School            
Joel            Sahulka                        Weeping Water High School     
Rebecca         Schneider                      Millard North High School     
Brittany        Scully                         Blair High School             
Matthew         Sharp                          Roncalli High School          
Megan           Shenk                          Grand Island High School      
Karen           Shope                          Millard South High School     
Amanda          Skeen                          Logan-Magnolia Jr Sr High School             
Karly           Skipton                        Elkhorn High School           
Katelyn         Smith                          Virgin Valley High School (NV)               
Ashley          Snitily                        East Butler High School       
Sabrina         Stamps                         Ashland-Greenwood High School 
Danielle        Stappert                       Norfolk Catholic High School  
Presley         Sternberg                      Blair High School             
Branigan        Stonacek                       Pierce High School            
Kayla           Suiter                         Millard West High School      
Megan           Svoboda                        Centennial High School (NE)   
Shelby          Todd                           Nebraska City Senior High School             
Sydney          Urzendowski                    Elkhorn High School           
Felicia         Vallejo                        Arrupe Jesuit High School (CO)               
Danielle        Vaughan                        Blair High School             
Rachel          Volz                           Oak Park High School          
Deirdre         Walsh                          Fullerton High School         
Karly           Watson                         Aurora High School (NE)       
Ann             Weidner                        Bennington High School        
Carrie          Wiese                          Columbus Senior High          
Paige           Zastera                        Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoc High School             

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NMC Recognized as American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

Posted on Thu, Jan 22, 2015


Fit-FriendlyPlatinum2014Nebraska Methodist College – The Josie Harper Campus has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. 

Nebraska Methodist College was one of six Platinum Award winners in Nebraska. In 2014, a total of 41 Nebraska worksites received Fit-Friendly Awards.

Platinum-level Fit-Friendly employers:

  • Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace.
  • Increase healthy eating options at the worksite.
  • Promote a wellness culture in the workplace.
  • Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

Nebraska Methodist College encourages physical activity throughout the workday by hosting Yoga@Lunch for employees, encouraging use of the NMC walking trail during work hours, and holding walking meetings. Employees also participate in Biggest Loser competitions, as well as walking and fitness challenges three to four times per year. 
  
Visit the American Heart Association website for more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans.


 

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NMC Holds Fall 2014 Commencement

Posted on Fri, Dec 19, 2014

It's finally that time! They put in the hours and all the extra work and now's it's time to walk across the stage and accept the degree they worked so hard to achieve. Graduation service was held at St. Andrew's Methodist Church on Friday, December 19th. Congrats class of 2014!

 

Graduates and their degrees are as follows: 

Master of Science, Healthcare Operations Management

Laura M. Clementz Lakewood, OH
Elizabeth Anne Drinkall Omaha, NE
Angela Denise Williams Kearney, NE

Master of Science, Health Promotion Management

Heidi Ann Feehrmeyer Bellevue, NE
Dionelle Cenona Harrell Omaha, NE
Melissa Ann Morris Offutt AFB, NE
Megan Leigh Norriss Burlington, NC
Benjamin Howe Parrish Wyomissing, PA
Jason Darryl Rutz Weston, FL
Megan Nicole Schmitt Cedar Rapids, IA

Master of Science in Nursing

Trisha Lynn Beiermann Parker, CO
Melissa Ann Buckingham Omaha, NE
Melissa Sue Buman Bellevue, NE
Carol A. Chase Prospect, KY
Melissa Gabrielle Coffin Bellevue, NE
Susan  Crowder Las Vegas, NV
Kathleen  Gammie Omaha, NE
Erin Leigh Heaverlo Omaha, NE
Amy Gage Lechtenberg Glenwood, IA
Jennifer Ann Renken Omaha, NE
Stephanie Springer Russell Winston, GA
Jillian Lee Sisson Omaha, NE
Susan Jean Timm LaVista, NE
Kristen Ann Villarreal Omaha, NE

Post Master's Certificate, Nurse Executive

Linda Jeanne VerSteeg Orange City, IA

Bachelor of Science, Healthcare Administration 

Messina Lynn Maxwell Papillion, NE
Marcy Denise Volnek Valley, NE

Bachelor of Science, Health Promotion 

Kara Elizabeth Horton Imperial, NE

Bachelor of Science, Health Studies

Mikaela Marie Esterling Omaha, NE

Bachelor of Science, Imaging Sciences 

Jaime Nicole Kilday Council Bluffs, IA
Nikki Christine Palmer Elkhorn, NE

Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Nikki Lea Bachtell Omaha, NE
Audrey Jane Barker Omaha, NE
Amarela  Becirovic Omaha, NE
Austin LuAnn Black Omaha, NE
Nikki Blume Castana, IA
Kelly Katherine Callan Lincoln, NE
Bailey Lanae Collins Omaha, NE
Holly Jo Darrington Underwood, IA
Danielle Renae Davis Nebraska City, NE
Ashley Brooke Dunn Lincoln, NE
Alicia Nicole Exstrom Omaha, NE
Allyson Christine Fortenberry Omaha, NE
Jessica Ann Freeman Omaha, NE
Elizabeth Marie Gartner Omaha, NE
Bonnie Sue Gengler Omaha, NE
Samantha Ann Hoffmann Omaha, NE
Sarah Ann Hogueison Council Bluffs, IA
Sarah Marie Holst Omaha, NE
Loralee Louise Jarrell Council Bluffs, IA
Jessica Carolynn Kenyon Roswell, GA
Mary H. Kosnjek Omaha, NE
Katie Lynn Koth Omaha, NE
Danielle Sue Kracl Omaha, NE
Courtney Jane Lawson Valley, NE
Michaela Ann Leffler Fremont, NE
Mia Janette Lippold Omaha, NE
Mary Margaret Lockhart Bellevue, NE
Tasha Nicole Lodwig Elkhorn, NE
Dianna Lynn Magee Vancouver, WA
Kaitlyn Anne McCarville Omaha, NE
Emily Jo Miller Omaha, NE
Kristen Anne Miller Bellevue, NE
Samuel Charles Minardi Bellevue, NE
Emily Anne Mulholland Omaha, NE
Anthony John Opitz Omaha, NE
Jessica Claire Siniard Omaha, NE
Anna Marie Sohl Omaha, NE
Rebecca Lynn Richmond Newton, IA
Jamie Renea Tackett Gretna, NE
Sarah Renee Tiell Ralston, NE
Kathryn Elizabeth Tremmel Wayne, NE
Hanna Eve Voss Elkhorn, NE
Amy Lynn Waldstein Council Bluffs, IA
Kaleigh Anne Will Omaha, NE
Arlene Laverne Williams Omaha, NE
Lindsey Mariah Wood Papillion, NE
Elizabeth Ann Zimmerman Papillion, NE
Samantha Jo Zuehlke Omaha, NE

 

Feel free to leave comments below wishing them luck in their new endeavors.

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NMC Student Maureen W. Gatere Wins RWJF-NCIN Essay Contest

Posted on Mon, Dec 01, 2014

Nebraska Methodist College accelerated BSN student, Maureen Gatere entered the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation essay contest and was selected as the winner for October 2014. Below is her winning essay.

I believe this about nursing…"it is more than a profession, it is a vocation, a way of life, and will forever define who I am."

Maureen_W._GatereIn my previous life as a maternal and child health public health profession, I met a nursing professor, Ms. Kimberly Hall, who nurtured my long standing desire to be a nurse. Initially, I did not believe I had what it takes to be a part of such an honorable career, but all that changed when my dear father was diagnosed with aggressive, stage IV gastric cancer in January of 2013. I did not have any medical training, but I knew that the prognosis was dismal, and the oncologist confirmed my fears within two weeks of the diagnosis. I had to juggle the responsibility of being my father’s primary caregiver, my work and my family responsibilities as well as cope with the anticipatory grief of dad’s imminent passing. It was the most difficult time of my life as I waded through a maze of medical, ethical and cultural dilemmas during the remaining six months that my father was alive. I believe I provided him with the best care a daughter can to her father in his final months, and that was the defining moment that I had what it takes. I wanted to care for other patients as I had for my father, and as the wonderful health care team, especially the nurses, had cared for him and for us as a family. My dad’s terminal illness, the nurses who provided most of his care, and Ms. Hall have been the most significant inspirations in my desire to be a nurse. 

I have been in the accelerated BSN program at Nebraska Methodist College for the last nine months, and every day, I feel more and more prepared to be nurse and a nurse leader. The most significant lesson I have learned so far is the importance of the philosophical and theoretical frameworks of caring, elaborated by Jean Watson, as the guiding principles in the profession and the vocation that is nursing. I remain passionate about women’s and children’s health, and I hope to obtain a DNP in women’s health in the next few years.

I will be forever grateful for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship, without which this journey would not have been possible for me. The rigor of an accelerated BSN program necessitates that I give it my undivided attention, and any substantial employment is impossible. I am also limited in borrowing federal education funds as a second Bachelor’s degree seeker. I am grateful that there is the opportunity to continue into advanced nursing degrees with support from the Foundation. I am also incredibly grateful to my mentor Ms. Hall, my academic advisor Dr. Ward, my supportive family, and most of all, my late father, whose sacrifice made this journey possible.
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NMC Holds Summer 2014 Commencement

Posted on Fri, Aug 08, 2014

It's finally that time! They put in the hours and all the extra work and now's it's time to walk across the stage and accept the degree they worked so hard to achieve. Graduation service was held at St. Andrew's Methodist Church on Friday, August 8th. Congrats class of 2014!

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BSN graduates(BSN graduates pictued above)

 

Graduates and their degrees are as follows: 

Master of Science, Healthcare Operations Management

Joyce Elaine Clayton, Central City, NE
Robert Edward King, San Mateo, CA
Anthony Lee Troester, Lincoln, NE

Master of Science in Nursing

Kelly-Jo Pass Balignasay, Urbandale, IA
Deborah Ann Brester, Howells, NE
Mary Katherine Clark, Omaha, NE
Alicia Lynn Cronin, Omaha, NE
Amy Lynn Doppenberg, Sheldon, IA
Jill Christine Ferguson, Omaha, NE
Alisha Annmarie Lyons, Papillion, NE
Sarah Ann Martensen, Omaha, NE
Jacqueline Rae Miller, Omaha, NE
Jennifer Renee Sobczyk, LaVista, NE
Melanie Mae Surber, Herman, NE

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

J Winfield Hocking, Lincoln, NE
Jamie Rae Jennings, Sidney, IA
Elise Renee Revoy, Omaha, NE

Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion

Rebecca Jean Kozol, Papillion, NE

Bachelor of Science in Health Studies

Jaimee Lee Miller, Ormond Beach, FL
Alison Christina Olson, Gretna, NE

Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences

Rachel Elaine Briggs, Missouri Valley, IA
Stephanie Christine Kirchhoff, Lewis, IA
Kayla Jae Kuhn, Central City, NE
Jamie Lea Seger, Omaha, NE

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Valerie Renee Balkovec, Omaha, NE
Melissa Anne Davis, Winside, NE
Peggy A. Dyer, Omaha, NE
Erica Patricia Dytrych, Omaha, NE
Kierstin Elizabeth Ehlers-Hansen, Omaha, NE
Sarah Jean Fitzpatrick, Omaha, NE
Rebecca Ann Gerken, Omaha, NE
Daniel Edward Gokie, Omaha, NE
Lisa Jo Hughes-Potter, Omaha, NE
Trinh Phuong Huynh, Omaha, NE
Jillian Lee Jacobsen, Omaha, NE
Brooke Allison Kelly, Omaha, NE
Sara Ranae Krueger, Bellevue, NE
Meghan Julyn Larson, Omaha, NE
Ryan Paul Malcom, Omaha, NE
Elizabeth Kathyren Mandel, Omaha, NE
Angela Celeste Manley, Glenwood, IA
Melissa Claire McCue, Omaha, NE
Brooke Elizabeth Morgan, Omaha, NE
Karen Ann Newmaster, Bellevue, NE
Kathryn Ann Nichols, Sioux Falls, SD
Lindsay Lee Overman, Omaha, NE
Tiffany Marie Sandall, Blair, NE
Lyndsey  Schlegel, Omaha, NE
Elizabeth Reuline Schooler, Omaha, NE
Danay Jean Taylor, Hooper, NE
Jessie Rae Washburn, Ashland, NE
Michele Katherine Weis, Earling, IA
Laurie Nicole Wilson, Blair, NE

Associate of Science, Radiologic Technology

Allyson Beth Clark, Omaha, NE
Katie Ann Cooper, Omaha, NE
Lynnette Jeannine Grow, Omaha, NE
Jaime Nicole Kilday, Council Bluffs, IA
Samuel Jacob Kneifl, Omaha, NE
Christopher Levi Knobel, Omaha, NE
Rebecca Jean Kozol, Papillion, NE
Christina Marie Martinez, Plattsmouth, NE
Megan Brooke McKelvey, Omaha, NE
Alison Christina Olson, Gretna, NE
Mallary Lei Oropeza, Omaha, NE
Bianca  Ortiz, Fremont, NE
Nikki Christine Palmer, Elkhorn, NE
Lindsey Ann Rollins, Council Bluffs, IA
Monica Lynn Schroeder, Springfield, NE
Sabrina Kaye Stamps, Ashland, NE
Shelby Marie Strong, Murray, NE

Certificate in Medical Assisting

Jamie Marie Cheek, Bellevue, NE
Daphne Jean Dearing, Omaha, NE
Kari Jo Ferguson, Omaha, NE
Amber Jean Floyd, Omaha, NE
Whitney Ann Gillespie, Omaha, NE
Yolanda  Gonzalez, Bellevue, NE
Blair Elizabeth Lambert, Papillion, NE
Laurie Ann Lingebach, Bellevue, NE
Danielle Christine McFerrin, Bennington, NE
Ashle Marie McWilliams, Omaha, NE
Sally Anne Oliver, Omaha, NE
Bethany  Paulson, Omaha, NE
Tess Louise Peck, Wahoo, NE
Jacqueline  Perez-Rodriguez, Omaha, NE
Emily Alyssa Spomer, Omaha, NE
Erica Lynn Wilson, Omaha, NE

 

Feel free to leave comments below wishing them luck in their new endeavors.

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Mythbusters: Online RN to BSN Programs that Claim to Require No Clinicals

Posted on Wed, Aug 06, 2014

If you’ve ever taken a driver’s education course, you know that one of the most important parts of learning how to drive is actually getting behind the wheel and hitting the road. No matter how closely you read your driver’s manual, you still need to learn how by actually doing it.

The same is true of nursing. Hands-on experience is a crucial part of a nurse’s education. Clinicals and practice experiences are a chance for students to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to real life settings. In order to prepare nursing students for their future careers, there really is no substitute for learning by doing.

Nurse talking with young patient

However, many online RN to BSN programs exist today requiring “no clinicals.” While that may be enticing, there are a few things prospective students should know and consider when choosing the program that is best for them:

  • Employers look at experience. When a hospital or healthcare organization considers hiring you, they look at how much hands-on experience you’ve received and how much they will have to invest to train you. Having more experience will increase your chances of getting a job.
  • Consider choosing an accredited program. Nebraska Methodist College’s RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), one of the nation’s most trusted nursing accreditors. CCNE requires students to have clinical training or practice experiences regardless of program type in order to graduate. Choosing an accredited program ensures a level of quality in your education and that your credits will transfer should you want to pursue an advanced degree. Employers also typically tend to prefer graduates from accredited schools.
  • Many “no clinical” programs still require field or practice experiences. These experiences are very similar to nursing clinicals, but go by another name. While these experiences typically differ from traditional clinicals of four-year BSN programs, they still accomplish the same mission of building your on-the-job experience. At NMC, RN to BSN students are required to participate in two practice experiences — one using a computerized simulation of a patient and the other working with a local agency or organization to benefit a vulnerable population in the community.
  • Clinical and practice experiences will make you a better nurse. These experiences are important pieces of the curriculum in order to prepare you for what you will encounter in the field. Focus on choosing a degree program that both fits your life and will prepare you to perform at your best as a nurse.
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Traditional Versus Accelerated BSN: Which is Right for You?

Posted on Tue, Jun 17, 2014

Today’s job market can be challenging. However, nursing continues to be one of the most in-demand careers available. If you already have a degree but are interested in switching to a career in nursing, you have options.

At Nebraska Methodist College, interested students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through either the college’s traditional or accelerated programs. While the pace of Nebraska Methodist College’s traditional BSN is what you’d expect in a four-year setting, the college’s Accelerated Community-Based Education (ACE) nursing program puts students on the fast track to their new nursing career. Through the ACE program — which is for those students who have already earned a previous associate’s or bachelor’s degree — students with can earn their BSN in just 15 months.

ACE vs Traditional

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when deciding between the two programs:

  • What level of time commitment can I make to earning my degree? 

In either program, earning your BSN degree requires a significant time commitment in terms of attending class, studying course materials and participating in clinical experiences. However, because of its fast pace, the ACE program requires a greater time commitment from students than the traditional BSN. Students in the ACE program should be prepared to devote hours comparable to a full-time job to their coursework for the 15 months of the program.

  • Can I have a fulltime job while I earn my degree?

While students in the traditional program are able to have jobs outside the classroom, Nebraska Methodist College recommends students in the ACE program not have a job because of the commitment the program requires.

  • What kind of learner am I? 

Both programs require students to have strong learning skills, but if you are able to assimilate and demonstrate new knowledge and skills at a fast pace, the ACE program might be right for you.

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Another Option to Consider: ACE Blended

Nebraska Methodist College’s upcoming ACE Blended program will combine the fast pace of the ACE program with the advantages of online learning. The program, beginning in Spring 2016, will offer students another tailored option to earn their BSN in just 15 months. Through the ACE Blended program, students will attend online classes Monday through Friday from the comfort of their homes and complete clinical experiences on the weekends. Like the ACE program, ACE Blended is for students who are rapid learners who can devote full-time hours to the program.

 

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Six Tips for College Students During Summer Break

Posted on Mon, Jun 09, 2014


6 Tips for College Students During Spring BreakSummer break can be a chance for college students to rest and recharge after a busy year. It also can be a great opportunity to get ahead. In either case, it’s important for students to retain the valuable knowledge and skills they learned in the classroom. 

Kevin Powers, Coordinator of Academic Success at Nebraska Methodist College, offers the following tips for students to use their summer wisely in order to hit the ground running when they return in the fall: 

  • Use it or lose it. It’s a lot easier to forget things than it is to remember them. Find ways to stay connected to your material during summer break. Make time each week to brush up by reviewing notes, answering questions in textbooks or practicing some of the skills you learned in your labs with friends. It can prevent you from having to take time to relearn that material later. 
  • Get a job. Finding a summer job or internship in your field of study will help you maintain, and likely expand upon, the knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom. Plus, that job or internship will give you important experience that you can put on your résumé. 
  • Take a summer course. If you want to get ahead, taking a class during the summer can be a good way to earn credits ahead of schedule and maintain your academic momentum. Keep your expectations realistic though, and don’t overload yourself with too much work. 
  • Work ahead. Even if you’re not taking a summer class, you can still get a jumpstart on fall by doing things like previewing the texts or viewing videos online associated with your upcoming courses. Reach out to your instructor for recommendations. 
  • New students, get to know your advisor. Advisors are filled a wealth of essential information. Visit them often and ask questions. They can help you plan your schedule as well as understand what to expect in your first year and beyond. 
  • Take a break. College is tough, and sometimes we all need a mental break. Whether you are working to maintain what you’ve learn or trying to get ahead, make sure to find time to relax and properly recharge your batteries this summer.

Feel free to comment about your favorite summer activities.

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Graduate Spotlight: Molly Bouc, Surgical Technology

Posted on Thu, May 22, 2014

Nebraska Methodist College student Molly Bouc is one of the many members of the recently graduated Class of 2014. Bouc graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Surgical Technology. Bouc took time out of her busy schedule to talk about graduation and her future job at the Nebraska Medical Center. 

Surgical Technology class at NMC

How does it feel to be graduated and have your degree?

It’s definitely a good feeling now having graduated, already having a job right out of school and becoming certified all right in a row. 

What are you planning to do with your degree?

I have a job lined up with the Nebraska Medical Center. I actually start really soon. At the Nebraska Medical Center, the orientation is about four months and you go through all of their different specialties. You see where you fit in best and where there are openings. I’m aiming to be part of the neuro team, but that will just depend on how things go with orientation.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in surgical technology?

I wanted to be a surgeon for a long time. I shadowed a surgeon and decided that wasn’t for me. So I looked for other outlets that were still involved in the operating room, and that’s how I found surgical technology

When I was younger, I had a surgical procedure and I remember looking over when I was laying on the operating room table and I was like, “What are all those instruments?” I asked the lady standing there if I could touch and see the instruments. She said, “No, they’re sterile, I can’t let you do that.” But it’s funny how things in my childhood have come back around. Now, here I am the one who is doing that job. Maybe someday another curious kid like myself will ask me the same question. 

Why is working in a career in healthcare important to you?

I’m very passionate about healthcare. I love helping people, seeing a better outcome and knowing that I made a difference. I have a bone tumor in my arm, and so when I was younger, I was exposed to all these different medical areas. I just really wanted to become involved and reach out to other people who have maybe gone through the same thing I did. 

What will you remember most about Nebraska Methodist College?

I will remember my instructors most — Jamie Walker and Christy Grant. They became more than just instructors. They became family. Those are things I will always remember — having the opportunity to just go knock on their door and talk to them about my day or things that were going on. They were always there. I first met Christy when I first visited Nebraska Methodist College, and I knew it’d be a good fit for me. Christy reminded me of myself and was someone I wanted to be like. 

Now having graduated, what advice would you have for new students?

My advice to new students is to never give up, and if they even have a slight interest, they should definitely explore those interests further. You never know where it might take you. Also, know that what we do is not easy. There are going to be days where it’s hard and you just have to keep pushing through. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

 

 

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CDC Raising Funds for New Mobile Diabetes Unit through Omaha Gives!

Posted on Tue, May 20, 2014

Through the Mobile Diabetes Center, Nebraska Methodist College students provide crucial diabetes screenings and education in a wide variety of community settings while gaining valuable experience. Through Omaha Gives!, the community will have an opportunity to support the next generation of the Mobile Diabetes Center.

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The Cornbelt Diabetes Connection (CDC), a chapter of Cosmopolitan International, will participate in Omaha Gives! on Wednesday, May 21, as part of its effort to raise funds for a new Mobile Diabetes Center. The Mobile Diabetes Center is a partnership between CDC and Nebraska Methodist College’s Center for Health Partnerships.

Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the metro area. During the event, supporters can give donations of $10 or more to their favorite nonprofit organizations. Those donations will then be amplified by matching funds and prize money awarded to organizations at the top of the Omaha Gives! leaderboard.

A new Mobile Diabetes Center is expected to cost approximately $350,000. So far, CDC and Nebraska Methodist College have raised $200,000 for the new center from grants and individual donations, leaving about $150,000 left to go.

For more information about Omaha Gives!, visit omahagives24.org.

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