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Yunlong Ong

After a journey of self-discovery and self-reflection, Yunlong Ong, RHCHP ’04, found his passion pursuing nursing and making a difference in people’s lives. Ong is now a nurse practitioner at the Acute Pain Service and Comprehensive Pain Center at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore., and was named the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Advanced Practice in 2012. In the midst of an extensive career in medicine and volunteering across the world, he remembers his Regis education and what it means to be a leader.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE AT REGIS?

The enthusiastic and caring instructors at the Loretto Heights School of Nursing, who invest valuable time in ensuring the success of their students. They never failed to amaze me with their dedication and commitment to each and every student learning, succeeding and excelling in their education.

HOW HAS THE JESUIT MISSION IMPACTED YOU?

The mission of men and women in service of others shapes my belief that we are one big family and community; that we do not exist in isolation. To quote Pope Francis, “Service is not ideological, for we do not serve ideas. We serve people.”

WHAT DEFINES A LEADER IN YOUR EYES?

The notion that leaders are born and not made does not apply to me. Hard work, determination and ability to seize an opportunity are traits everyone needs to succeed. Success depends on being able to suspend self-doubt and recognize that a team approach is key to making things work.