Faculty

White Coat Ceremony for Nursing symbolizes students' calling

For medical professionals, the white lab coat represents a commitment to scientific rigour and compassionate care while identifying the wearer as a member of a community of professionals. It’s a badge of honor, showing the result of many hard hours of work and dedication. On January 9, the Union College Division of Nursing welcomed 31 new level one nursing students with the division’s second White Coat Ceremony for Nursing.  

Expanded simulation center preps nursing students for real practice

For nursing students like Zachary Krall, learning to make life and death patient care decisions can be a daunting challenge. But thanks to Union College’s newly expanded Nursing Simulation Center, Krall can practice in an environment even closer to the real thing, with interconnected rooms, high-tech patient simulators and volunteer patients who mimic the experience of a real hospital.

A Christmas present—2016

Merry Christmas from all of us at Union College.

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Merry Christmas from Union College 2016

Photo of a student standing on top of the Rock Pile while snow falls.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Union College.

Halley receives 40 Under 40 award from Nebraska Action Coalition

Jackie Halley, an assistant professor in Union College’s nursing program, was recently recognized as one of the 40 Under 40, an award from the Nebraska Action Coalition honoring 40 emerging Nebraska nursing leaders under the age of 40. Halley accepted the award at a celebration of nurse leaders held in Union College’s Woods Auditorium on September 16.

Interview with Union teacher, Elysia Ockenga

Elysia Ockenga is beginning her seventh year as a teacher at Union, working in the Division of Nursing. A graduate of Union herself, Ockenga’s teaches the Mental Health and Pharmacology classes in the nursing curriculum. “As I teach these classes I try to keep in mind that I am training nurses who will take care of someone's mother, child, grandparent, or spouse.

Interview with Union Teacher, Susan Byers

After teaching for 30 years and traveling around the globe, including mission work in Thailand, Susan Byers is lending her talents to the Division of Human Development. Byers has traveled from Thunderbird Adventist Academy in Arizona to come teach at Union. As Union graduate, she is looking forward to reconnecting with the friendly and the nurturing atmosphere the college provides.

Interview with Union Staff, Kieren Bailey

Kieren Bailey became a librarian as a result of answering God’s calling. This summer as a result of answering another calling from God she joined Union College as the new Public Services Librarian after working at several other Adventist colleges—including Oakwood University and Canadian University College (now Burman University).

Interview with Union Staff, Larinda Fandrich

Larinda Fandrich has spent the previous two years teaching at Union college, adding her 30 years of experience to the Union collective. After working across America at several medical centers and hospitals, Fandrich took up teaching in the nursing program, helping further the college’s students.

Union: When did you realize you were called to be a nurse?

Interview with Union Teacher, Christina Burden

Upon completing a doctorate in neuroscience, Christina Burden joined the the Division of Science and Mathematics and Physician Assistant program faculty this school year to teach life sciences. With a deep love of biology, Burden is eager to begin teaching, with memories of her own student days not far behind.  

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