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Alumni Updates

Suzanne Jaquish, BSN ’84 (Spokane) – I have worked for almost 37 years as an NICU nurse. I just had my 30-year anniversary at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. I spent 24 years on the night shift because it worked out best for my family. I never missed a school or sporting event! I think I still have a few more years in me although fulltime and 12-hour shifts are not as easy as they used to be. COVID hasn’t gotten me yet, bring on the “coronials”….the NICU is ready!  

Kelly Martin (Carrick), BSN ’04 (Spokane) – Trying to manage the ins and outs of the COVID pandemic as the only nurse in an elementary school has been more of a challenge than the 13 years I worked in the NICU. But I’m happy to say my school is open and functioning on a hybrid schedule and on average I only see 0.4% of students absent for COVID-related reasons. Planning and infection control education has paid off and I’m proud to be part of keeping students safe and getting them back into class. 

Shannon McCarthy, BSN ’14 (Vancouver) – I have been with my local public health department for the last seven years. I work in the communicable and tuberculosis department. In the last year I’ve been able to help out with case investigations and vaccinations for COVID-19. I absolutely love providing care to my community and providing downstream interventions.  

Gabrielle Flynt (Zigarlick), BSN ’15 (Spokane) – I was accepted into an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP program at the other WSU, the WSU of the Midwest, Winona State University! I start in fall of 2021, and while I might be a “Warrior” nowI’ll always be a Coug at heart. 

Jennifer Nakata, BSN ’17 (Spokane) – I got my dream ER job right out of school at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene and I’ve been there ever since. This year has been incredibly hard with COVID, especially working in a state that was notorious for no shutdowns and anti-mask. Thankfully the vaccine administration has allowed us to breathe again. Being raised in Pullman, no WSU sports was tough this year, but I can’t wait to get back to it! As always, Go Cougs! 

Alex Rumann, BSN 17 (Spokane) – Currently serving in the United States Air Force as a clinical nurse, working outpatient at the hospital at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska.  

Kortney Thornburg, BSN ’17 (Spokane) – I started out on a Med/Onc floor in Boise, then moved back to the area to work Med/Onc at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene. During my time at Kootenai I received a Daisy Award from one of the best and most memorable patients I have had and realized oncology was what I wanted to pursue. I now have my dream job working infusion at Cancer Care Northwest in Spokane Valley and am loving it! I plan to become oncology certified in the near future. 

Danette Ramirez-Cap, BSN ‘20 (Tri-Cities) – I am currently an RN-Behavioral Health working on a PACT team in the Tri-Cities, serving severely mentally ill individuals. I started under an emergency interim license due to COVID and passed my NCLEX the following week. I have been a working nurse for nine  months now. Every day I encounter something new or am forced to find some new way to connect with my clients. I love working in mental health and with an underserved population. 

Kaylee Edson, BSN ’20 (Spokane) – Working as an RN on an acute care floor and also participating in the new grad nurse residency program at Harborview Medical Center! 

Emily FriscoBSN ’20 (Spokane) – Working on the PCU/tele (7T) floor at Deaconess and starting the process of becoming a preceptor for future nursing students. I received my first Daisy Award recently as well 

Bridget Hohl, BSN ’20 (Tri-Cities) – Passed my NCLEX on February 1, 2021 and hired to work in Acute Care/Birth Center at Othello Community Hospital on February 4, 2021.


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