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A Year for the Books

10/9/2019 9:58:54 AM - Quincey Taylor

This past year has been a doozy for new faculty member assistant teaching professor Dr. Noreen Oeding. She became a BYU nursing professor and a new mother of a baby boy.

Motherhood has opened Oeding’s eyes to a new perspective on infants. Even though she has worked in the newborn intensive care unit of Utah Valley Hospital for ten years, she is still learning every day. Oeding was born in Provo when her parents were BYU students, in that exact hospital. She jokes, “I didn’t go very far in life.”

Her son, who just hit eight months, pushes Oeding to grow. She says, “It’s been the best and probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” She continues, “It took me by surprise. I had been a neonatal nurse for years and am recently a neonatal nurse practitioner , and was confident I knew how to take care of babies. But it’s been a completely unexpected experience – a beautiful and delightful surprise!”

She will tell you that her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University–Idaho in 2010 prepared her well for future opportunities, including motherhood. As a student, she worked in the university’s student health center and was an active participant with the campus student wellness committee.

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