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2016 Linfield Magazine Summer

Students in the RN-BSN program are tasked with identifying needs in their own communities and creating projects to address them. Emilie Minney ’16, left, and Trisha Mannix ’16, right, met with Marsha Stoffer, center, and other residents at the Westbrook Homeowners Association, an over-65 community in Beaverton, on disaster preparedness and education. The service learning project required 64 hours of community nursing work. Three types of nursing students Linfield students, ranging in age from 20 to 60+, can earn a nursing degree in one of three ways. The traditional program requires that students migrate to Portland with two years of coursework on the McMinnville Campus or another accredited institution. The RN-BSN program, offered online, is designed for registered nurses with a diploma or an associate’s degree. A 15-month accelerated program is for students who have a prior degree. Patrick McKinney ’16, a transfer student, is a married father of two young boys who earned a degree in community development and landed a job at Portland Metro before realizing he wanted a more active career. He started volunteering, found his niche in health care and enrolled at Linfield. “Even when you are not at your clinical site, you’re working on a patient care plan,” said McKinney, who in addition to his studies, works as an emergency room technician and serves as sustainability director for the Portland Campus. “You might be thinking about the patient, anticipating what the problems are and what you’re going to do about them, and who you can work with to accomplish those goals. As nursing students, we meet people in all different walks of life and different cultures, religions and ethnicities, so having a liberal arts foundation is useful.” “It is a privilege to be in somebody’s life when they are absolutely vulnerable. We can have a tremendous impact on the outcome.” – Jackie Webb assistant professor of nursing Summer 2016 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 9


2016 Linfield Magazine Summer
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