Adventist Health Portland | Living Well | Spring 2024

New Horizons in Nursing Contrary to what movies and TV shows would have us believe, nurses don’t spend their days walking around saying, “Yes, doctor.” They are vital to modern health care, from clinics and bedsides to education and executive leadership. As we move into the post-pandemic world, nurses are taking on exciting, challenging roles that will shape health care for generations to come. Educating for tomorrow Adventist Health Portland has a long history of depending on nurses while educating the next generation. In fact, our first nurses’ training program began here in 1897 and evolved to become the Walla Walla University School of Nursing, located next door to our hospital. Some of our nurses serve as preceptors to student nurses, giving them vital, real-life, clinical training. That education doesn’t end when nurses graduate and become licensed. Our clinical educator nurses keep our teams updated with the latest evidencebased practices. Connecting and caring Nurses also fill important roles to help patients access the care they need to get and stay well. With their advanced education and training, nurse practitioners see patients in primary care and specialty clinics, assist in surgeries and procedures, and provide emergency care. Similarly, certified nurse-midwives provide gynecology and pregnancy care and help bring our tiniest patients into the world. These advanced practice nurses give our community more choices and easier access to needed care. Care managers help patients in the hospital get set up with all the follow-ups they need in order 8 LIVING WELL