Nine Clatsop Community College students have been selected as winners of the annual Information Literacy Award. Two students shared the general award, while seven students won the prize for Nursing students. The winners integrated extensive research, synthesizing complex source material and independent thinking to create compelling reading material. Each winner for the general award received a $300 check, while the Nursing students each received $85 from the Clatsop Community College Foundation, who once again funded the prize this year.
The winners of the general prize are $300 Kamira Harrison for The Astoria Community Garden Project, written for Julie Brown’s WR227 Technical Writing class, and Jamie Swick for The Gender Iceberg, written for Amanda Cortez’s WGS201 Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies class. The winning Nursing students are Jamie Rose Ash for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, NRS 221 Chronic Care II (Karson Nasstrom, instructor), Leah Durham for Major Depressive Disorder, NRS 221 Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illnesses (Karson Nasstrom, instructor), Rylee McGee for Clinical Care Plan, NRS 222: Acute Care II & End-of-Life (Devon Weaver, instructor), Amanda Meyer for Bipolar I, NRS 221: Foundation of Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End of Life Care (Karson Nasstrom, instructor), Megan P. Tiller for Nursing Care Plan for Pediatric Gastroenteritis, NRS 222: Acute Care II and End-of-Life (Karson Nasstrom, instructor), Jenny Williams for Deep Vein Thrombosis, NRS 232: Nursing Pathophysiological Process 1 (Karson Nasstrom, instructor), and Lesley Wilson for PathoMap: Pneumonia, NRS 232: Pathophysiological Processes (Karson Nasstrom, instructor).
The college library created the award to recognize student understanding and application of information literacy knowledge, otherwise known as research skills: the ability to find, access, and use a variety of information sources; the critical evaluation of information; an understanding of intellectual property; and ability to appropriately incorporate information into a college project. This knowledge reflects recursive learning and is acquired over the course of study at Clatsop Community College in multiple courses taught by campus faculty and the college librarian.
Each Spring, students submit their best research projects to the college librarian who evaluates the submissions using information literacy criteria. All eight students illustrated a strong grasp of the rapidly evolving world of information, as well as the ability to incorporate authoritative information into their own research.
Jamie Ash is motivated by the opportunity to uplift others on their worst days, and has she found her true passion in the fast-paced environment of the emergency room. By leveraging an exceptional ability to remain calm under pressure, she strives to provide high-quality care and make a significant impact on her patients in critical situations. Jamie is excited to learn from experienced nurses and values the opportunity to grow alongside her talented peers.
Leah Durham is a second-year nursing student at Clatsop Community College with plans to graduate in June. Leah aims to graduate from the nursing program, pass the NCLEX exam, and work as an RN in the area. Leah further plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing at OHSU while gaining experience working as an RN and work as a labor and delivery nurse.
Kamira Harrison will complete her associate degree at Clatsop Community College in the next year. She plans to transfer to a university where she will join a social work program and work towards a bachelor’s degree. Further, she plans to work in the field for a few years before potentially returning to school to get a law degree.
Amanda Meyer wrote Bipolar I for Karson Nasstrom’s NRS 221: Foundation of Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End of Life Care class.
Rylee McGee is excited to be graduating this upcoming June with her classmates. She will work locally at Columbia Memorial Hospital in the critical care unit while pursuing a BSN from OHSU. Rylee’s educational goals are to pursue an advanced practice degree and obtain certification from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). In her personal life, she enjoys being outside, eating good food, and hanging out with friends.
Jamie Swick is a photographer and CCC sophomore currently pursuing an AAOT. Transferring into a cultural anthropology Bachelor’s program in 2024, her goal is to merge her background in the fine arts with undergraduate research on the intersection of cultural norms in societies and their influence on the arts, particularly within the field of photography. She plans to head straight for a PhD in visual anthropology, with the goal of becoming a professor, researcher, and author.
Megan Tiller is preparing to transition to OHSU for her Bachelor program and to work as a nurse while furthering her education. Ultimately, she hopes to achieve an advanced degree and work as a nurse practitioner in emergency medicine or critical care. She is also an Air Force medic with the Oregon National Guard with ambitions of becoming a flight nurse.
Jenny Williams educational goal is to finish her Associates in Nursing at Clatsop Community College and move on to OHSU for her Bachelors in Nursing. She is planning to put her award funds toward driving expenses to help with her daily 120-mile round trip.
Lesley Wilson’s career goals are to obtain a Bachelors degree in nursing, work in the ICU at Providence Hospital for two years, and then enter into a CRNA program to become an anesthetist nurse. Career goals are very important to Lesley in order to have the ability to take care of family and have the freedom of a flexible schedule to do fun things with her children, such as vacations and horseback riding.