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From Refugee Camp to BSN Student: Anna’s Story

Posted on Tue, Apr 09, 2019

“Growing up in my country, there were no doctors or nurses nearby. The only clinic was far away.”

Anna Michael was born in the small farming village of Kupera in what is now South Sudan. She had seven brothers and sisters, three of whom lost their lives to infection or anemia before age two.

The closest clinic was a 12-hour bicycle ride away. Anna’s father would carry his sick children on the back of his bicycle, hoping to find the clinic open to the long line of patients sure to be waiting there. As far back as she can remember, Anna saw the need for better medical care and more nurses.

“Nurses play such a big impact in a patient’s success,” Anna said. “I knew I wanted to be a nurse.”

Anna was determined to realize her dream, but she never expected the challenges ahead—or that the journey would lead her to the United States and to Nebraska Methodist College.

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Topics: upward bound, student spotlight, nursing

Colorado Twins Say Why They Chose Nursing and Nebraska Methodist College

Posted on Fri, Mar 22, 2019

“Patients love that my sister Annie and I are twins, said Jane Rodgers, “and they seem fascinated to see us working together at the hospital." 

The togetherness that began in utero for the Rodgers twins has continued through their college and career choices, shaping the journey from their home in Loveland, Colorado, to Omaha, Nebraska. 

Together, the twins earned liberal arts degrees at Hastings College. Now they work together as certified nursing assistants at Methodist Hospital, and they are classmates in the BSN program at Nebraska Methodist College. 

“Nursing runs in our blood,” Jane said. 

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Topics: nurse education, patient care, student spotlight, nursing

Why Peggy Dyer Went Back for Her BSN – 37 Years Later

Posted on Thu, Mar 14, 2019

Peggy Dyer, 63, graduated from a diploma nursing program in western Nebraska in 1976, the same year Apple Computer was founded, the original “Rocky” debuted in movie theaters, and gasoline cost a whopping 59 cents a gallon.

Peggy has a message for any RN wondering if it’s too late or too hard to go back to school for a BSN degree:

“If I can do it, you can!”

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Topics: nurse education, RN to BSN, nursing, online education, bachelor's degree

A Women's History Month Salute to Our Founding Deaconesses

Posted on Sun, Mar 03, 2019

 

Who managed the first Nebraska Methodist Hospital and its School of Nursing, assisting with nursing services and nursing education? Methodist deaconesses. These were women dedicated to saving lives and souls.

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Topics: nurse education, nursing

Why Get the RN to BSN Degree?

Posted on Tue, Feb 19, 2019

If you’re a diploma- or associate degree-prepared RN wondering if you can and should go back to school to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, here’s the short answer: YES.

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Topics: nurse education, college, RN to BSN, nursing, online education, bachelor's degree

ACE Grad on Men in Nursing and Returning for DNP

Posted on Mon, Jan 07, 2019

 

More than 750,000 readers of USA Today had the chance to see NMC alumnus and returning graduate student Troy Beekman, BSN, RN, CCRN, in print in the recent supplemental insert “Men in Human Services” from Mediaplanet.

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Topics: nurse education, nursing, online education, graduate programs

Congratulations to NMC’s Fall 2018 Graduates

Posted on Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Nebraska Methodist College welcomed its latest line of nursing and allied health graduates at fall commencement ceremonies held at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church on December 14.

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Topics: health professions, nursing, commencement

From Candy Striper to Dean of Nursing – An Interview with Dr. Susie Ward

Posted on Fri, Nov 30, 2018

NMC’s new Dean of Nursing is Susan “Susie” Tighe Ward, PhD, RN, Honorary NMC Alumna 2006, whose NMC roots run unusually deep. Susie was a Methodist Hospital Candy Striper when she discovered a lifelong passion for nursing.

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Topics: nurse education, nursing, leadership, staff spotlight

American Association for Men in Nursing Names NMC 2018 Best Nursing School

Posted on Wed, Oct 24, 2018

NMC Alumnus Blake Smith Named AAMN President

Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) is one of only nine* U.S. institutions of higher learning to receive a 2018 Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing Award from the American Association of Men in Nursing (AAMN). The award was presented at the 2018 AAMN conference held in Milwaukee earlier this month.

“Nebraska Methodist is a college with arms open wide for everyone,” said Troy Beekman, BSN, RN, one of the students who represented NMC at the conference. 

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Topics: nurse education, alumni spotlight, student organizations, nursing, leadership

Better Together: NMC and Suburban Rotary Provide Foot Care Clinic for Omaha’s Homeless

Posted on Fri, Sep 28, 2018

It was so rewarding.

I felt humbled by the people and the impact we could have.

“You are blessings,” the people told us.

These are just a few of the reactions of the NMC students who participated in the Foot Care Clinic for the Homeless at the Open Door Mission on September 22.

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Topics: nurse education, healthcare education, community outreach, Center for Health Partnerships, nursing, community wellness, clinicals, Diabetes

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