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Successful Graduates

Justin Nylin graduated from Coe College in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). He currently works as a registered nurse on the Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Medical Center in his hometown of Clinton, Iowa. In April of 2014, Justin received his Critical Care Nurse Certification (CCRN) which is granted through the Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). He plans on attending graduate school in 2015 after gaining essential experience.

"Having the opportunity to graduate from Coe's nursing program has helped put me where I am today. The personalized attention I got through the program made me more confident when starting my role as a nurse. I am confident in taking care of my critical patients because of the great experience I gained during clinical. The professors not only got to know me on an academic level, but on a personal level as well. By serving as the Student Nursing Association President during my time at Coe, it gave me the leadership skills that I still use in the workplace today. Overall Coe's nursing program gave me a great education that put me steps ahead when starting my professional career." - Justin Nylin '13

Kelly Strohm graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. After graduation, Kelly spent the fall in Mendoza, Argentina, volunteering as a nurse in a public hospital. She returned to Colorado in November 2013 and got a position at Children's Hospital Colorado in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in March 2014.

"Various experiences at Coe have led me to become a successful and confident nurse, particularly the valuable clinical experiences the nursing program was able to provide me. Being encouraged to pursue a Spanish degree and to travel while at Coe also broadened my horizons and are of help to me daily with the variety of cultures and languages I see at work." - Kelly Strohm '13

Amanda Hanson graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Following graduation, Amanda was hired at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on an Intermediate Cardiothoracic Medical/Surgical unit. She has acted as a preceptor and charge nurse and is part of a patient education committee.

"I chose Coe over other colleges because of the emphasis the college puts on quality education and the overall student experience. The nursing program at Coe is led by professors with a wealth of experience and knowledge that assist students to learn through their stories, discussions and challenges. Our professors also know the importance of clinical experience. At Coe, we are one-on-one with multiple expert nurses from surrounding facilities during our clinical time. This has given other Coe students and me the ability to individually fulfill the duties of a nurse and learn to prioritize on our own instead of a group setting. Coe also wants its students to not only gain knowledge, but to gain life skills and develop relationships. The close-knit community of Coe and the caring faculty and staff are a magnet for success after college. My experiences at Coe have helped me not only develop my nursing skills, but also to communicate and develop relationships with my patients and families I care for each day." - Amanda Hanson '12

Danielle Gathers graduated from Coe in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing. Following graduation, Danielle accepted a position as an RN at Saint Luke's South Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas in the maternity and neonatal intensive care units. She is currently employed at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"I chose Coe over other colleges because of its unique nursing program, which includes one-on-one preceptorship clinicals for all four semesters. The individualized clinicals provided me more opportunities to practice my nursing skills and observe various procedures with my preceptor than group clinical settings provide. The well-rounded nursing curriculum provided me with the necessary knowledge and leadership skills to succeed in any professional nursing path I chose." - Danielle Jamison Gathers '11

Kali Blocklinger graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is currently employed in Dubuque, Iowa as a staff nurse in the surgical services unit at Mercy Hospital. Kali was named as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2014, a prestigious and selective award given to nurses whose courage, competence and commitment to patients and the nursing profession stands out above all others.

"Coe provided my with a unique educational experience that helped to shape not only the nurse, but the person I have become. The well-rounded, liberal arts education I received at Coe led me to explore my interests and develop leadership skills that benefit both myself and the patients I work with each day." – Kali Blocklinger ’10

Angelyn Bock graduated from Coe in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She was accepted into the nurse residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Angelyn is currently working as a registered nurse in the neurology/neurosurgery intensive care unit.

“My time at Coe has been irreplaceable. The unique preceptorship clinicals for nursing prepared me to confidently handle my role as an RN caring for critically ill patients.  In addition, the clubs and events on campus gave me additional responsibilities and introduced me to individuals with different life views.” – Angelyn Bock ’10

Kaytee Kleinmeyer graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  She is currently working as an RN at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the surgical intensive care unit.

"Coe has prepared me very well for the real world. I chose to go to Coe over other colleges because the program offers one-on-one preceptorship clinicals for all four semesters of the nursing program.  This unique clinical experience has taught me how to prioritize and organize care for full patient load.  The small nursing class develops close relationships with the nursing professors and they are always available for help." – Kaytee Kleinmeyer ’10

Kathleen Burrell graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She has worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on the cardiovascular and thoracic surgical step down unit, and most recently in the surgical intensive care unit. Kathleen will start the Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) in the fall of 2011.

"Coe helped me grow personally and professionally. My clinicals taught me how to time manage and take care of a full patient load even before graduating. Looking forward to my graduate program, I have realized a lot of the curriculum is almost identical to what we did in my final semesters at Coe. I feel I'm definitely prepared to start this program and excel at it." - Kathleen Burrell ’08

Jennifer Wurst graduated from Coe in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She now lives in Plainview, Minn., and works as a registered nurse in pediatrics at the Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital, which is part of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

"I believe that the Coe College Nursing program is not only unique, but that it provides students with a realistic view of nursing and gives them the comprehensive education they need to succeed as a nurse today. The clinical experience is done one on one with a preceptor so the student has the benefit of taking care of a full patient load for an entire shift with their assigned preceptor. Each student's clinical experience is also tailored to their interests, allowing them to focus on areas of care in which they want to further explore and possibly specialize in after graduation." – Jennifer Wurst ’06

Shaun Ferrie graduated from Coe College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  Since graduating from Coe, he has worked in a variety of intensive care environments in Arizona and California.  In December of 2010, Shaun received a Master of Science in nursing with a concentration in nurse anesthesia from the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College in St. Louis.  He has recently accepted a staff CRNA position with District Medical Group and will be practicing at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.

“Receiving my BSN from Coe has helped to lay the foundation for my professional career as well as yield lifetime friendships.  The individual attention received due to smaller class sizes combined with the ability to select my own conveniently located clinical sites was invaluable during my time at Coe.”  - Shaun Ferrie ’04

 

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree greatly enhances the registered nurse's career mobility. These are a few of the positions held by our graduates:

  • Research Assistant, College of Medicine at the UIHC
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners in Gerontology and Family Health, graduates from UI CON
  • School Health Nurse, Cedar Rapids and Mount Vernon Schools
  • Head Nurse, Surgical Telemetry and Intensive/ Coronary Care Units at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids
  • Nurse Researcher at the National Institute of Health in Genetic Engineering Department
  • Genetics Nursing Specialist, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Commissioned Office, U.S. Army and Air Force
  • Student, M.A. program in nursing, University of Iowa
  • Faculty member, A.D., Diploma and B.S.N. programs of nursing
  • Staff Nurse, general and specialty hospital units across the nation
  • Sales positions for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies
  • Student, Nurse Anesthetist Program, Mayo Clinic
  • Student, College of Law, University of Iowa
  • Trauma Nurse, Mercy Medical Center