Hello, my name is Kindra Scanlon, RN BSN, and I am very much looking forward to meeting you. Please feel to email me and get in touch, should you need inspiration (I’ll do my best ☺) and/or information. Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has been a great place to receive a varied and content rich foundation. For me, academics and the overlap with underserved populations and global health was a key selling point in my decision to be a student at OHSU, but I also like that I can be part of a soccer team or go skiing with the other schools/students as well. OHSU faculty are genuinely interested in the paths we students choose, and I love that there are so many options and opportunities for education about and for advanced practice. My passion for nursing is fueled by my love of unique cultures and my varied patient base: both in culture and in meeting diverse health needs. I currently work at the Southwest Community Health Center (SWCHC) in Multnomah Village as Clinic Nurse part-time while in the Nurse Practitioner program at OHSU. At times, I am able to speak other languages and learn new languages and greetings as well. Many OHSU Physicians and students volunteer their time at the clinic and it is nice to meet students and faculty. For many years, I volunteered at the Global Health Center and with Impact Northwest, working with unique cultures, elders and vulnerable populations at all levels through local advocacy work at OHSU. I was also able to take a graduate level Global Health Epidemiology course with OHSU students from other schools. OHSU is unique in this regard, and I wouldn’t have been able to do this at another school. I grew up learning Russian and intermediate German (lived in Germany when I was a teenager). Before nursing school, I had the opportunity to briefly work as a nurse’s assistant at a German oncology hospital and utilize my language skills in the clinical setting. I have also served in leadership positions for the OHSU School of Nursing at the local and national level. I like to stay busy and am passionate about advocacy for nurses and patient-centered care. I look forward to getting to know each of you.