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NPO 2019 Scholarship Winners
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NPO Scholarship Winner: Toy Lim, FNP-C

The NPO Nanette Clapper Memorial Scholarship was established to support emerging nurse practitioner leaders. One of this year’s winners is already receiving praise for her leadership skills in her work with students and her management of patients.

Born in a small mining town in southern China, Toy Lim immigrated to Oregon with her family when she was eight years old. Being in a new country was difficult; she faced racial and socioeconomic discrimination while trying to learn a new language and culture. Her desire to serve disenfranchised communities was shaped by her experiences as an immigrant. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she worked for organizations that focused on social justice issues. “I always knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field,” said Lim. “It wasn’t until I really looked into nursing that I realized how closely it matched my vision of a holistic approach.” She returned to school to become a registered nurse and then a nurse practitioner.

Now pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice through OHSU, Lim works as a primary care provider and faculty member at OHSU’s Richmond Clinic. Lara Jesic, FNP at the Richmond Clinic says, “[Toy] is very knowledgeable and an excellent preceptor for both nurse practitioner and medical students.” Laurel Hallock Koppelman, DNP, FNP-C, APRN adds, “She’s a natural born leader with charisma, charm and reverence towards making others feel safe and secure.”

Lim’s other passion is working on social inequities in other countries, particularly the diminished role of women. Recently she spent time in refugee camps in Bangladesh. While there, she trained community health workers on how to improve the health of the Rohingya people fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

“I hope to broaden my skills to work on systemic change; expanding my passion for community education, advocacy and research into larger healthcare issues,” says Lim. “I want to use all of my experiences to develop culturally appropriate care protocols that will increase access to healthcare for all our underserved populations.”

Lim will graduate in 2021 and wants to do more teaching and research while continuing to focus on marginalized and underserved populations.

NPO Scholarship Winner: Lidija Stjepanovic, RN, BSN

Oregon has the fourth largest homeless population in the country. Most who live on the streets and in shelters struggle to get proper medical care. But one of the recipients of the NPO Nannette Clapper Memorial Scholarship sees an opportunity to give hope to this at-risk population.

Lidija Stjepanovic has seen the ugliness of war up close. She was a senior nursing student when the civil war began in her home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. While many people fled the country, she stayed and worked in a small emergency department. Stjepanovic later immigrated to the United States. “When I moved here I pursued a degree in international business but my passion for nursing was still there,” said Stjepanovic. “When an opportunity opened up in 2012 to go back to nursing school, I took it.”

Since earning her BSN, Stjepanovic has been working for Providence Home Health primarily with underserved people in Portland’s inner city. “I’ve worked hard to earn the trust of my patients,” said Stjepanovic. “People who live on the streets or in transitional housing are wary of doctors. I sit with them one-on-one and have the chance to form a relationship.” Carrie Kelly, RN BSN and staff supervisor with Providence Home Health said, “Lidija is able to communicate honestly and convey any relevant medical information while keep the patient calm.”

Upon completing her FNP degree, Stjepanovic wants to work as a primary care provider in clinics that focus on underserved people. She looks forward to working with an interdisciplinary team. “I want to create holistic care plans that are sustainable and cater to a patient’s specific needs and life situation.”


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