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School of Nursing Alumni Awards

Recognition by ones peers is one of the highest honors a community can bestow.

An alumna receives an award

Congratulations to the School of Nursing Alumni Award Winners

Dr. Lydia Bartholow
Lydia Bartholow BS ’10, MN ’12, DNP ’16, PMHNP, CARN-NP

2022 Distinguished Alumna of the Year

Dr. Lydia Bartholow has committed her entire professional career to providing health care for vulnerable and marginalized populations. As the associate medical director of Portland’s Central City Concern Substance Use services, Bartholow is dedicated to delivering health services to people experiencing houselessness, substance use disorders, toxic stress and oppression. She is also devoted to education, and teaches as an assistant professor at University of California San Francisco, as well as a consultant and workshop leader for behavioral health organizations.

Read more about Dr. Lydia Bartholow on the OHSU School of Nursing alumni news page.


Ashley Billingsley RN '19

Ashley Billingsley RN ’19

2021 Early Career Achievement Award

A graduate of Oregon’s nationally-recognized Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) program, Billingsley worked as a pediatric nurse while studying for her BS with an emphasis in nursing.

The emergence of COVID-19 in March 2020 re-defined Billingsley’s role at OHSU Primary Care at Orenco Station, where she had been employed since December 2019. “Our absolute priority was to keep our patients out of the Emergency Room,” said Billingsley.

“Ashley was instrumental in stabilizing an emergent situation, providing reassurance and establishing protocols during the initial weeks and months of the pandemic,” writes Mohamad Alyajouri, MPH, Practice Manager.

While burnout and the risk of burnout is real, Billingsley takes energy from the gratitude she has seen expressed to her and to colleagues by patients. “This has been a very challenging year both mentally and physically but it has been very rewarding to support the various vaccine clinics OHSU has implemented,” she says. “Patients are so thankful we are working extra hours, showing up to shifts and keeping up with the constant changing demands of this pandemic.”


Sana Goldberg '16

2020 Early Career Achievement Award

For Sana Goldberg, The road to nursing wasn’t a straight line. In college, Goldberg declared multiple majors before landing on psychology. She spent her summers in the lab, focused on behavioral neuroscience. After graduating, she continued in research in a developmental brain-imaging lab at OHSU. She spent her afternoons with 12- to 18-year-olds doing neuropsychological evaluations. It was through these interactions that one thing became clear: Goldberg longed for more personal connection in her profession.

She decided to enroll in the OHSU School of Nursing’s accelerated BSN program. “When I went through the nursing program, I understood how expansive this role is and the way nurses have roles in leadership and policy,” she said. “I used to — and I think others do, too — have a narrow, singular view of what a nurse does. And it’s so far off from the reality.”

Goldberg’s career is centered around patient care and advocacy — empowering individuals in their communities to navigate health care systems, and to advocate for their own better health. In March 2019, she published How to Be a Patient: The Essential Guide to Navigating the World of Modern Medicine.

Read more about Sana Goldberg on the OHSU Foundation blog.


Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year Award

The Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year Award is designed to recognize and honor an OHSU School of Nursing graduate who has made a significant impact in their area of work and has demonstrated a commitment to educating and mentoring the next generation of nurses. OHSU alumni and community members are encouraged to submit nominations, which are reviewed and selected by the OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Association’s Awards Committee and endorsed by the School of Nursing Alumni Advisory Council. Nominations remain active for three years.

Review past recipients (pdf)
Nominate an alum today!

Early Career Achievement Award

In an effort to recognize the accomplishments of alumni at every stage of their career, the OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Association has created the Early Career Achievement Award. This award will be presented to any alumnus/a from the OHSU School of Nursing who has demonstrated a commitment to evidenced based practice and has made significant contributions in improving patient care and health in a community setting or in the areas of scientific research or academia within five years of graduation. OHSU alumni and community members are encouraged to submit nominations, which are reviewed and selected by the OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Association’s Awards Committee and endorsed by the School of Nursing Alumni Advisory Council. Nominations remain active for three years.

Review past recipients (pdf)
Nominate an alum today! (pdf)

Recognize a colleague’s achievements by nominating them for the Alumni Association’s Alumni of the Year or Early Career Achievement awards. Due dates are given at the foot of the forms but nominations are welcome at any time for consideration in the next round of judging.