Each year Time magazine recognizes a "Person of the Year." This year Time chose Ebola fighters as the "People of the Year 2014." Bridget Boeckman, a St. Mary's alumna was one of those fighters.
For a couple of months Nebraska Medical Center nurse, Bridget Boeckman worked exclusively in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU) caring for Nebraska's first Ebola patients. She says, "This assignment has been a challenge for her team, but immensely rewarding."
Bridget started her nursing career at The Nebraska Medical Center in 2011 and is currently working as a nurse in the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit as well as in the (NBU). She started working with the (NBU) about 2 years ago and has been participating in monthly meetings and drills to prepare for the care of highly infectious patients.
Her interest in the sciences started back at St. Mary's School in Bellevue. Mr. Eckerman, her 7th and 8th grade science teacher inspired her. His enthusiasm for teaching and putting the scientific method into practice through experimentation was pivotal for Bridget. She remembers thinking "how awesome that we can wear lab coats and dissect sharks like 'real' scientists!" His lessons on cellular biology, anatomy, and physiology cemented her interest in medicine and were of great help to her in high school.
Bridget graduated from St. Mary's in 2001 and Gross Catholic High School in 2005. She studied Psychology and English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. After graduating from UNL in 2009, Bridget pursued a B.S. in Nursing at Creighton University. She will complete her Master's of Science in the Nursing Family Practitioner Program at Clarkson College in May 2015. She will then pursue her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Clarkson College.