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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

Mother-Daughter Nursing Grads Measure Success One Patient at a Time

Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Lisa Kessler and her daughter, Cassandra, have a lot more in common than most moms and daughters.

In addition to sharing DNA, the same household, strong competitive spirit, and commitment to community service, they’ve devoted more than 7 years to the pursuit of nursing degreesincluding the last 3½ years as classmates in Nebraska Methodist College’s nursing program.

Both earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees at fall commencement on December 14, and both will join the nursing staff at Methodist Hospital.

Both say they felt called to make a difference.

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Topics: nurse education, student spotlight, commencement

Cheyla’s Legacy of Love and Resilience

Posted on Mon, Nov 19, 2018

 

NMC Scholarship Fund Launched in Cheyla Pettett’s Memory

“A strong spirit never dies.”

Stephanie Pettett spoke these words while accepting her daughter Cheyla’s honorary diploma from Nebraska Methodist College. She spoke with a mother’s boundless love, pride, and grief.

Cheyla Pettett, a member of NMC’s inaugural Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) class, would have fulfilled her dream and graduated from the program this year—if she had lived. Tragically, 29-year-old Cheyla was struck down in a car-pedestrian accident days before classes were to start in August 2016.

The impact of Cheyla’s remarkable life continues to resonate with those lucky enough to have known her. And with countless others Cheyla will never meet.

Forever a member of the NMC family, Cheyla continues to make a difference. She has given the gift of life through organ donation, and, with the launch of an NMC scholarship fund in her memory, Cheyla is opening a door for other students with her passion and resilience.

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Topics: alumni spotlight, scholarships, student spotlight, Master of Occupational Therapy, occupational therapy, graduate programs

Food Drive by Methodist Volunteen Helps Stock NMC Pantry and Fight Food Insecurity on Campus

Posted on Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Megan Jacobsen is a giver.

A Millard North junior with a full slate of academics, athletics and other activities, Megan gives much of her time and energy to help others—including NMC students who may need just a little help putting food on the table.

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Topics: student achievements, student spotlight, nursing, community wellness

A Graduation Story of Faith, Family, and Nebraska Methodist College’s First MOTs

Posted on Wed, Aug 15, 2018

“I always wanted to be able to give back to others and do something that would make a difference,” said Megan Vermeer. “Now I can.”

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Topics: student spotlight, commencement, Master of Occupational Therapy, occupational therapy, graduate programs

LaToya & Mitch: A New Grad & Her Healthcare Hero

Posted on Tue, May 29, 2018

LaToya Sharp's graduation celebration was made extra special thanks to a surprise visit from the healthcare hero who inspired her to become a respiratory therapist.  

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Topics: student spotlight, health professions, commencement, respiratory care

A Graduation Story of Faith, Love and Organ Donation

Posted on Wed, May 16, 2018

Earning a college degree is never easy.

But for Christa Reisdorff, who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing diploma from NMC on May 11, the journey was a nonstop marathon of challenges.

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Topics: nurse education, student spotlight, health professions, nursing, commencement, bachelor's degree

Spring Break = A Time for Students to Help Others

Posted on Fri, Mar 16, 2018

Even while on spring break this week, NMC nursing students were still learning, helping others and making a difference. It was a busy time for students involved in service learning activities in the community and on campus. 

"As part of being a Nebraska Methodist College student nurse," said Trisha Baker, "we had the opportunity to participate in an Omaha immersion course to address the issue of food deserts and food insecurity."

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Topics: nurse education, community outreach, service learning, student spotlight

It's Never Too Late to Make Your Own Place in Your Family's Healthcare Tradition

Posted on Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Is healthcare considered "the family business" for you? If so, you already know the pros and cons of that reality.

Sure, the safest place to have a heart attack is at your family reunion, but there also are all those expectations — be at the top of your class, get a stellar entrance exam score, make the right connections and follow the yellow brick road to medical / dental / pharmacy / OT / PT / etc. school, after which, of course, you take your rightful place in the family practice.

It sounds good in theory, but when the rubber hits the road (i.e., you take college-level organic chemistry), you start to worry that those medically inclined smarts you inherited may not be enough to get you through. 

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Topics: student spotlight

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