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Oncology Nurse Lori Tanguay Named Student Speaker for University of Maryland School of Nursing Graduation

Lori Tanguay, Master of Science graduate, gives the Student Remarks at the University of Maryland School of Nursing convocation ceremony on May 21, 2010.

Lori Tanguay, R.N., M.S., an oncology nurse in the Infusion Therapy Center in the Stoler Pavilion at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, was the invited student speaker at the Spring 2010 University of Maryland School of Nursing graduation.

Lori, who has worked in the cancer center for five years, says this achievement has left her feeling "honored and amazed."

The School of Nursing sent an e-mail to graduating students asking them to submit original, short speeches to be entered into a blinded selection. The winner would get to read his or her speech at the graduation ceremony.

When Lori considered the e-mail, she had a lot of thoughts running through her mind. The idea that stuck with her was the concept of "passion" and how it applies to the field of nursing.

"The one attribute that I see as a common thread among all of the nursing graduates is passion, passion for the profession of nursing, passion for their patients, passion for life," says Lori.

Lori decided to put pen to paper and submit a speech about passion in nursing. She turned the word "passion" into a mneumonic and related each letter to a different aspect of nursing.

P - Professionalism
A - Attitude
S - Sense of Humor
S - Sensibility
I - Interactive
O - Optimism
N - Nursing

The committee responsible for judging the speeches selected Lori's speech as the winner. Click here to view the full speech.

At the School of Nursing, Lori's specialty was Health Services Leadership and Management with an education focus. She completed her final project about a UMGCC-sponsored education program entitled "Wild About Evidence-Based Practice" that she helped lead on April 27, 2010 as a member of the Cancer Center's Professional Development Program. Her final paper detailed her efforts to plan and organize the program. Her goal is to become a nursing educator.

To see a video of Lori delivering her speech at the Spring 2010 UMSON graduation, visit "A Passion for Nursing" on YouTube.

This page was last updated on: June 16, 2010.