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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: Master of Occupational Therapy, occupational therapy, student spotlight, scholarships, alumni spotlight, 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: nursing, student spotlight, student achievements, 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: graduate programs, occupational therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy, commencement, student spotlight

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: respiratory care, commencement, health professions, student spotlight

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

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

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

It's Possible to Overcome a Poor Academic Record with the Right Support

Posted on Sun, Nov 05, 2017


You always wanted to work in the medical field. But you worried about the rigorous classes it would take, especially math and science.

In high school, success in those subjects was hard to come by. Maybe you struggled with homework, or perhaps you were a poor test-taker.

But you never gave up hope. You kept working hard. You kept your dream in front of you and started taking small steps.

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Topics: student spotlight

Plans Change. Your Calling to Help Others Doesn't.

Posted on Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Imagine that you’ve always wanted to work in healthcare. It was the work you were meant to do. So, you came up with a plan to make it happen.

You took all the right classes. Got all the right grades. Began making a list of the right schools to apply to. You had a goal.

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Topics: student spotlight

LaToya Called to Healthcare Career While Taking Care of Son

Posted on Mon, Sep 25, 2017

You’ve been by their bedside.

Maybe it was your grandpa or your mom. Maybe it was your brother or your daughter. But you were there for them.

Life threw you a curveball, and you rose to the challenge. You became their caregiver. 

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Topics: student spotlight, respiratory care, allied health career

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