The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, March 05, 1997, Page 6, Image 6

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    Special Feature
Wednesday, March 5,1997
Nursing program a success at Clackamas
Photo by Karin Redston
Nursing student Debbie Planert (right) consults with Willamette Falls hospital staff.
Karin Redston
Co-Feature Editor
Of all of the programs offered
at Clackamas, one of the more de­
manding is the nursing program.
“Most students here are
above average students," said
Cathy Lindholm, a first year stu­
dent, about the nursing program
acceptance requirements.
“In other places they only
have to meet the minimum require­
ments, where here they have to
meet the minimum requirements
plus the point system.”
The point system at the col­
lege includes three areas which
total 12 points. Up to four points
are based on a students GPA. The
higher the grades the more points
a student receives. Up to another
four points is based on a student’s
score on the nursing entrance test,
and up to four more points depend
on how many college credits the cited reasons why they went into
student has earned. If a student nursing.
isn’t ac­
“I just like help­
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ing people," said
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first year,
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point is
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what I like. I don't
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know what I want to
next year.
do yet," said Terri
Cathy Lindholm
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the nurs­
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be able to take care of patients, so
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“Nursing is something you
can do anywhere in the world,"
said Lindholm.
All of the nurses agreed the
college nursing program was out­
standing. A combination of cre­
ative teaching techniques involv­
ing group presentations and inter­
active teaching to promote critical
thinking and teamwork have
helped the program achieve a high
success rate on board exams.
“It's an outstanding pro­
gram," said Departmental Chair
Arlene Jurgens. According to
Jurgens, the program recently
went through the Northwest Col­
lege accreditation process and also
voluntarily went through the Na­
tional League for Nursing
Accrediation and the Oregon
State Board of Nursing
Accreditation.Unlike
most
schools Clackamas only accepts
32 students into their program
each year.
“They [other schools] have a
high drop out rate where we don't,"
said Laura Gillilan, another first-year
student. “We get much more one
on one then they do."
All of the students agreed
there is no typical day at the hos­
pital. They don’t know one day
to the next what their day will in-
clude. Since this is their second
term, and depending on how many
patients there are, the nursing stu­
dents are assigned one patient and
back up nurses on others.
The students all agreed the
best part of the job was the people.
The fact that they made a differ­
ence in a patient's stay at the hos­
pital was the most important part
of their job.
“I brought my first patient
roses," said Gillilan. “she was blind.
She was very old. She was 95 and
had Alzheimer's,so I was trying to
do something special for her."
The nurses are not just there for
the patients. They are there for
the family as well.
The nursing students all
commented that most of the
nurses treat them like collegeaues
instead of students.
“I have never been treated as
a student by a patient or a family
member," said Gillilan.
The students had only good
things to say about their instruc­
tors. They described all of the in­
structors as being supportive and
knowledgeable.
“You couldn't have a more
awesome director of the depart­
ment than Arlene [Jurgens]," said
Paxton.
It’s never
.ring, and
t’s never
I
slow.
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Photo by Karin Redston
Dawn Jensen draws up medication for an injections while
Nursing Instructor Nancy Wilson supervises.
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Dawn Jensen (left) and Judy Warner study a vitals monitor machine.