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Who is Erin Gornall?

April 20, 2021

Yvonne Gay

A portrait of a woman wearing a hoodie and scrubs.
Erin Gornall, clinical coordinator and staff nurse.
Photo credit: Bryan Rubin '18

“I love working alongside an amazing team of healthcare professionals to provide care for our students,” says Erin Gornall. “I also really enjoy speaking with parents, listening to their concerns, and encouraging them as they watch their students navigate adulthood from afar.” Learn more about Gornall in this installment of Who Am I?

Name: Erin Gornall

Department and location on campus: Student Health Services in Dascomb Hall, Suite B

Job title: Clinical Coordinator and Staff Nurse

What does your job entail? I started at Oberlin as a staff nurse. In that position I [directed students to medical rooms], obtained medical information and vital signs, administered immunizations, provided phone triage, etc. Although I still perform in this role after accepting the clinical coordinator position, I also took on additional responsibilities on the administrative side of things. I do the office inventory, ordering, budgeting, planning, problem solving, collaborating with other departments and facilities, and other odds and ends. I never knew my nursing degree would take me in this direction, but I actually really enjoy the combination of clinical and administrative duties.

How many years at Oberlin? Five and a half.

What are your hobbies? I married my highschool sweetheart and we are blessed with three awesome little boys, ages 6, 4, and 1, and a crazy pup. Most of my free time I am hanging out with my family, building forts, having dance parties, doing experiments, playing with action figures, exploring outside, playing hockey (I have officially become a hockey mom!), watching movies, eating ice cream, and cleaning up messes...lots of messes! 

When I do sneak a moment to myself I enjoy catching up with friends, wandering around any store, driving with the windows down and the music turned up, painting, journaling, taking pictures, or relaxing with a hot cup of tea and a show on Netflix.

Favorite food? My mom's chicken paprikash

Favorite Quote? "Eucharisteo." I guess it's more of a favorite word that I try to live by. It is a beautiful Greek word that envelopes recognizing grace in the moment, giving thanks (even in difficult times) and experiencing joy as a result.

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