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Alumni Achievements

Angela Nesse, '07
Major: Nursing

Current Position: Bilingual registered nurse on the new Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, in Portland, Ore. Certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support. Named a 2008 Nurse of the Year by Oregon Health & Science University. Volunteered as a surgeon's assistant at a hospital in Bangladesh in summer 2007.

Why Whitworth? "Whitworth had the appeal of a small, private school with an excellent academic reputation. I knew that in such a setting I would make friends quickly and form relationships, be challenged in my walk with God, and get the individualized education I desired."

Whitworth Activities: Baldwin-Jenkins residence-hall representative, Spanish live-lab leader, alto singer with Hosanna worship team, trained for and ran a marathon junior year, small-group Bible study, worked two to three jobs off campus, Sunday school teacher at New Community Church

Quote: "Whitworth provided an outstanding education that made me a competitive applicant to any hospital and prepared me emotionally to be able to support my patients. When I began my job at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, I knew that working in pediatrics would be challenging because caring for children involves close interactions with parents and families. Now, those interactions have become the most fulfilling aspect of my job. I love helping families understand what is going on and cope with difficult situations. Whitworth truly offered me an education of mind and heart."

Influential Whitworth Experience: "Bobbi Morrison, the nursing advisor at Whitworth, encouraged me to pursue my goals when I doubted myself. She also helped instill in me the confidence to consider attending graduate school."

Graduate School/Career Goals: "I am currently researching and applying to several graduate programs. My preference is the new doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree program offered through the University of Washington and Oregon Health & Science University. With my DNP degree, I hope to have increased autonomy in every medical setting, the ability to specialize in my areas of interest, and the capability of someday working overseas as a practitioner."

Here's what some recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their nursing degrees:

  • Julie Kolbo, '08, is an RN with the Community Health Association of Spokane's First Steps Program, which offers maternity support services.

  • Madeline King, '08, is a labor and delivery nurse at Deaconness Medical Center, in Spokane.

  • Chelsey Anderson, '06, is a nurse at Cedar Sinai Medical Center, in California.

  • Jessica (Warner) Hammond, '05, is a critical-care nurse at University of Washington Medical Center and is applying to CRNA programs.

  • Danielle Rawson, '04, worked at the University of Arizona Medical Center and is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Elaine (Heinemann) Sauer, '05, is a registered nurse in the emergency department at Unity Hospital, in Fridley, Minn.

  • Julie Sawatzky, '04, is a postsurgical nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Spokane.

  • Kristina (Lundy) Weiss, '05, works in the Burn Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle.

  • Tabitha Tolentino, '04, is a nurse at Florida Hospital, in Orlando.

  • Tiffany Blane, '06, is a labor/ delivery nurse at Central Washington Hospital, in Wenatchee.

  • Lindsay Vanden Berge, '04, is a maternity nurse at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, in California.

  • Jessica (Herbes) Bishop, '06, is a nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Spokane.