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RN-BS Graduate Speaker Alissa Godinez

RN-BS program graduate Alissa Godinez poses for a portrait in her regalia.

Alissa Godinez is currently a nurse at a local hospital in Boise. She was born in Idaho and grew up in South Florida, returning when she was 19 with the goal of finishing her education. Godinez graduated from the College of Eastern Idaho’s Licensed Practical Nurse program in 2022, and then bridged into their RN associates degree program. She then decided to dual-enroll in Boise State’s RN-BS program, which she will graduate from May 4.

Godinez knew nursing was her calling because of her constant desire to serve others. She was drawn to nursing for the opportunity to care for patients during their most vulnerable times and support them through their struggles as well as celebrate their triumphs. The ability to provide comfort, healing, and hope to those in need is a privilege and an honor that she does not take lightly. Ultimately, she became a nurse because she believes every individual, regardless of their history, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, receive quality health care, and to be supported in their journey towards wellness. Nursing has been a vocation that allows her to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Godinez worked full-time throughout her education, gaining experience in inpatient psychiatry and family medicine. In August she will begin pursuing her master’s in nursing at Northwest Nazarene University. She is eager to continue expanding her knowledge and skills, pursuing advanced training and certifications, and learning the latest evidence-based practices in healthcare. She is committed to lifelong learning and continuous improvement in order to provide the best possible care for her patients.