Welcome MEPN Class of 2022

We are at an unprecedented time in our history as nurses, as members of our community and our world, and as leaders. The Year 2020 opened with great promise as the World Health Organization launched the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. It also brought the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report, highlighting the intense need to commit more resources to the growth and continued excellence of our profession. Moreover, COVID-19 forced us to pivot and re-evaluate what the MEPN program would look like as we began the 2020-2021 academic year.

With every challenge comes an opportunity. As such, USD will continue to build a nursing workforce that can withstand the ever-increasing demands for care as world populations live longer, have increasing chronic health issues, and exposure to pandemics.

MEPN Class of 2022 was welcomed on campus to begin their journey into nursing, albeit small groups wearing face coverings, and practicing social distancing.

Congratulations Class of 2022. We look forward to sharing this journey with all of you. 

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Diversity Club discusses racism as a public health crisis

The Diversity Club feels the American Nursing Association position “racism is a longstanding public health crisis in our nation that needs our immediate attention as nurses” is a call to act in providing our fellow students and faculty a unique educational opportunity.

Todd Carson, Psy.D. is a practicing counselor at SDSU who lectures on multiculturalism, diversity, and privilege in our society presented to Diversity Club attendees June 24th, via Zoom, on the topic of “Privilege in the Fabric of America”, a brief exploration of oppressive systems and how they are perpetuated followed.

Diversity Club Officers for 2020/2021 Academic Year are the following


Logan Weeks is a 2nd-year MEPN student at the University of San Diego. This year, Logan will be working as the GNSA VP and the Diversity Club President. Logan received his bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology and Public Health from Oregon State University in 2018. Logan’s interest in the field of nursing stems from previous experience participating in public health research related to HIV, as well as interning for a hypertension management program in Haiti. Prior to beginning the MEPN program, Logan worked for the State of Oregon in the Child Protective Services Department.  Logan was born and raised in Tillamook, Oregon, located on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Logan’s career goals are to become a Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Educator. Outside of school, he spends his time surfing, snowboarding, and traveling.

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Logan Weeks – President


​Paige Cohune is a second-year nursing student at the University of San Diego receiving her master’s in nursing. She is Vice President of the Diversity Club for the Hahn School of Nursing. Paige graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Paige’s passion for nursing arises from her previous experience working at a pediatrician’s office and volunteering in a Level III NICU during her undergraduate experience. She values relationships and connecting with patients on a professional and interpersonal level. Paige was raised in San Luis Obispo, California where she had to opportunity to surf and hike during her downtime. She has the intention of becoming a pediatric nurse and hopes to utilize her critical thinking skills, past experience working with the pediatric population, and clinical skills to enhance patient outcomes by providing the highest quality of patient care.

Paige Cohune -Vice President


Emma Curran is a 2nd-year MEPN student at the University of San Diego. Emma received her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Public Policy from UC Berkeley in 2010.  After college, Emma began a career in equine therapy geared towards children with physical and cognitive disabilities. Emma was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Her upbringing in the South has nurtured a passion for public health, social justice, and healthcare equity. In her time outside of school, she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters.

Emma Curran – Secretary


Natalie Winterburn is a second year MEPN student attending the University of San Diego. While in the pursuance of her Master’s Degree in the field of Nursing, Natalie is impassioned to make a significant impact while serving as Treasurer on the Board of the Diversity Club. Natalie’s background in Kinesiology, and various aspects of the healthcare arena make her confident that this venture will set a strong foundation to which she can draw upon as she advances through her professional endeavors. It is with passion, determination and a heart of compassion that Natalie wishes to impact the healthcare industry and the lives of those around her.

Natalie Winterburn – Treasurer


Sabrina Tirador is a second year MEPN student at the University of San Diego. Sabrina will represent the Diversity Club this year as the Media Relations chair. Sabrina will be a double alumni, as she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of San Diego in 2018. Sabrina has four years of experience teaching fitness classes including Orangetheory and spin. During her time working in the fitness industry it became apparent how passionate she was about health, well-being and the human body. This translated over perfectly to the career of nursing. Sabrina is from Orange County, California. Outside of school, she spends her time working out, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends!

Sabrina Tirador – Media Relations
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Congratulations MEPN Class of 2020

Dear MEPN Class of 2020,

You have accomplished something exceptional, and you should be very proud.

So many people are going to be blessed, not only because of what you have studied, learned and experienced, but because of your devotion to making the world a better place, one patient at a time.


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MEPN student reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic

As a 2nd year MEPN student, and as an employee at one of SDs largest hospitals, it has been a challenging time during this pandemic.  We have all had major disruptions to our daily life, and changes to our academic expectations, normal ways of studying/learning, and policies and procedures in the workplace.  There is also a general sense of uncertainty pervading our communities, and society.  That said, it has also been exceedingly remarkable to see true leadership in action.  

The transparency and proactive initiative the MEPN admin and faculty have demonstrated is inspiring.  They have placed our education and success at the forefront of their efforts, while also advocating for us to remain in the community to assist with crisis relief.  Also, our hospitals and clinics in SD have really come through for their patients, and made great efforts to respond appropriately to the pandemic—even as the landscape has been shifting every day.  This is quite a time to be entering the profession of nursing! 

Now more than ever, it is clear that we have been training in the knowledge and clinical practice needed to meet the challenges of our time.  I am so thankful for the admin and faculty of the MEPN program, for my classmates and coworkers coming together to support each other, and for the health care leaders in SD county. 

This crisis has been challenging—but it has also revealed the leadership, commitment, and compassionate spirit that our patients need.  Thank you all so much.

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What MEPNs need to know today about COVID-19

Dear MEPNs ,

We hope you and your families are staying well and that you are getting adjusted to the ‘Stay at Home’ orders. Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19.

The MEPN Team


Around the world and across the country, leaders are looking for how and when to lift the lockdown. Citizens are longing to get back to their normal lives. Nevertheless, as with treating the virus itself, there is no simple solution:

What is going on in other countries?


We all want an end in sight. But, if restarting America means that some people will die, what’s the exit strategy?

The answer is, of course, uncertain. Here are a few unknowns about the virus that, if solved, could give us a better idea:

What can we learn from history?


Despite initial hopes that the U.S. could open as early as Easter weekend, this has proven to be unrealistic. However, teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the CDC have created a public health strategy to combat COVID-19 and re-open parts of the country.

  • The plan does not give dates for reopening’s, but it specifies this will not happen before May 1.
  • The plan outlines three phases:
    • Until May 1: Prepare the nation to reopen with a national communication campaign and community readiness assessment.
    • Through May 15: Ramp up manufacturing of testing kits and personal protective equipment and increase emergency funding.
    • After May 15: Begin staged reopenings, depending on local conditions.


The best path forward is a cautious one. Re-opening some parts of the country before the end of April would go against guidelines in their current form.

  • Recommendation: Providers should continue to advise all patients to stay at home, and encourage patients to exercise caution not only for their own health and safety, but also of those around them.

In the end, some cities and states may recover sooner than others cities.

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“Give me your tired, your poor…”

This post is written by guest writer and MEPN student, Matt Finley

“Give me your tired, your poor….” These iconic words have been the promise of hope that has brought immigrants to America for over 200 years. Just a few miles south of San Diego’s thriving downtown, a group of people waits for that promise to be fulfilled. They have made the best of their cramped living spaces and inadequate running water, but the stress of the ordeal is written all over their faces. Their living conditions have made them more susceptible to lice, scabies, and other diseases. Yet they drive on for the hope of a better future.  

Julia Curtiss looks on as Natalia Melendez screens for lice while Professor Mata and Dr Marsh provide instruction
Nathalia Melendez provided lice treatment for many children and parents

Several students and faculty from the Hahn School of Nursing (HSON) spent some time with these resilient people at the Embajadores de Jesus Refugee shelter. Working in collaboration with the Refugee Health Alliance (RFA), HSON students and faculty provided care at the shelter.

Matt Finley and research associate, Allison Marsh discuss solutions for clean water with the pastor and asylum seekers

The HSON volunteers primarily provided nursing care with lice screenings and treatment. The students and faculty spent time getting to know the strong members of this community while providing treatment. Amazingly despite the living conditions, not one person complained. Instead, they offered to feed our group and share what little they had. It was both heartbreaking and encouraging to see that despite their condition, they still choose to be generous. We were thankful we were able restore basic comfort to over 35 children and several adults. However, as we rode away down the washed-out dirt road, we knew the work here is just beginning.

students and faculty walking across the border

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Get Ready for the Employment Fair


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Room HSN-106

Irene S. Palmer Lecture Hall

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Who Will Be There:

ANM Healthcare

California Casualty Management Company

Department of State Hospitals-Atascadero

Ensign Services

Hispanic Nurses Association of San Diego County

Kaiser Permanente

Minute Clinic Diagnostic Medical Group Neighborhood Clinics

Nursing Educational Opportunities, Inc.

Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego

Rady Children’s Hospital

San Diego Unified School District

San Ysidro Health

Scripps Health

Sharp HealthCare

Tri-City Medical Center

University of California, San Diego Medical Center

United States Navy

VA Medical Center


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Nurses Continue to Rate Highest in Honesty, Ethics

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the 18th year in a row, Americans rate the honesty and ethics of nurses highest among a list of professions that Gallup asks U.S. adults to assess annually. Currently, 85% of Americans say nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are “very high” or “high,” essentially unchanged from the 84% who said the same in 2018. Alternatively, Americans hold car salespeople in the lowest esteem, with 9% saying individuals in this field have high levels of ethics and honesty, similar to the 8% who said the same in 2018.Nurses Still Rate Highest for Honesty and Ethics

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Welcome to 2020 – The Year of the Nurse

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife (YONM).

Ernest Grant, president of American Nurses Association encourages all nurses to make 2020 your year to engage in activities.

  1. Highlight and promote nursing excellence
  2. Infuse nursing leadership across the spectrum of health and healthcare
  3.  Foster, stimulate, and diffuse nursing innovation to benefit patients and communities

All nurses have a story. How will you tell yours?

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Global Health Update

This post is written by guest writer and MEPN student, Ryan Adames

As the Hahn School of Nursing (HSON) continues to conduct volunteer medical trips in Tijuana, the program is pursuing a new partnership with Refugee Health Alliance (RHA). RHA has been leading volunteer trips into Mexico’s migrant shelters since November 2018. RHA organizes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and translators to provide medical screenings, pharmaceutical therapies, and referrals to local Tijuana clinics and labs for needed treatment. In addition, the program looks to raise monetary or item donations of food, clothing, basic medical equipment and medication.

We, the HSON, are currently working with RHA at one clinical site in the refugee shelter of Embajadores de Jesus. We are seeing a myriad of health issues just at this one site alone. There are complications from previous trauma or surgeries, issues related to prenatal care, and illnesses due to overcrowding such as rashes, cold and flu-like symptoms, and lice. On this past trip we had 6 student nurses with 2 clinical faculty providing intake, assessment, and triage as each person was prepared to be seen by the medical staff. In addition to this we provided lice screening, treatment, and education. We even had a bit of time to play and color with some of the children.

Krystal Neag, MEPN ’21 hangs out with the kids

Continue to follow the https://mepnprogram.com/ blog to get updates on our work with the Asylum seekers.

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