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School of Nursing remembers Rachel Finnell

Headshot of Rachel Finnell
Rachell Finnell

The School of Nursing lost a treasured friend and faculty member Rachell Finnell last week.

Finnell joined Boise State’s School of Nursing in 2017. As an alumna of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, she had a great love for Boise State students and the campus community. She believed nursing to be one of the most noble and versatile careers available, and she inspired incredible growth in her students.

In addition to her love of teaching, she was active in the community through her work with the Idaho Pressure Ulcer Prevention Coalition. She also had the privilege of working and volunteering locally for West Valley Medical Center, College of Western Idaho and the annual “Love Caldwell” free medical clinic.

Personal reflections from her colleagues include:

“Rachel had a special light about her that radiated on all of us and her students. Her smile and positive warrior attitude were infectious. She will always be remembered for her strength of character and beautiful soul. She was an absolute joy to work with, always balancing professionalism and fun. She was always willing to jump in and help or try something new. Rachel made her colleagues feel welcome and valued, and she was always so humble. She was a favorite among our students for her warmth, caring and expert teaching. Rachel personified kindness. She will be so missed.”

Those who would like to support the family during this time are encouraged to contribute to a GoFundMe page for the Finnell family.