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Jen Briggs, Instructor, Practical Nursing

Jen Briggs, MSN, RN

Instructor, Practical Nursing

208- 282-2830

Professional Work Experience

Registered Nurse- 20 years

Bannock Regional Medical Center

Portneuf Medical Center

St. Luke’s Medical Center- Boise

St. Luke’s Medical Center- Magic Valley

 Instructor, College of Technology Practical Nursing – 7 years

Career Highlights

Staff nurse/Charge Nurse Medical-Surgical Units 15 years (1997-2012)

Manager of Surgical Unit at Portneuf Medical Center 3.5 years (2004-2008)

Staff nurse on acute inpatient rehab unit for past 5 years

 One of Your Favorite Professional Experiences

Telling your story helps to build connections with prospective students and demonstrates how you make an impact in your field.

This is probably isn’t a favorite experience- I can’t think of one at the moment, but is a touching experience that has stayed with me for years.

I was working a night shift several years ago, caring for a patient who had just come out of surgery.  He was in quite a bit of pain, but was controlling it with a patient controlled pain pump.  Due to a combination of the anesthesia and the pain medication, he became too sedated to breathe adequately.  Because of this, I had to administer a medication that reversed the pain medication.  Giving this medication caused him to be in a severe amount of pain, but he was now breathing.  All I could do to comfort him was help him sit up at the side of the bed (at his request), hold his hand, rub his back and apologize for taking his pain medication away.  His response to me causing him pain was to say “Thank you” as I sat next to him holding his hand. Eventually his breathing and oxygen stabilized enough to give him more pain medication and get him comfortable.  I will never forget his kindness and graciousness when I had to hurt him to help him.

Kristie Karroum Clinical Instructor Practical Nursing Program

Kristie Karroum, MSN FNP

Instructor, Practical Nursing

Office: Vocational Arts 205


Kristie Karroum Clinical Instructor Practical Nursing Program with her sons.

Professional Work Experience

Registered Nurse – Maternal Infant Nursing 15 years

Lactation Consultant Private Practice, IBCLC FNP

Instructor for NRP, Neonatal Resuscitation Program

Idaho BEST, Breastfeeding Education Support Team, Member

American Academy Pediatrics, Member


Career Highlights

MSN, FNP South University- 2017

Idaho WIC Breastfeeding Support Recognition Award- 2017

IBCLE Care Award for demonstrated improvements and contributions to breastfeeding outcomes-2016

IBCLC, Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant-2013

BSN San Diego State University-2003

Certified Nursing Assistant, 1996

Hospital Junior Volunteer, 1995


 One of my Favorite Professional Experiences…

I have always been excited about the science of nursing. I love learning about the physiology of the body and holistic approaches to promote health. One of the most rewarding aspects the nursing profession, for me, is building relationships with patients and being a part of their healing transformation.  I enjoy helping people reach their health goals by teaching about the conditions affecting them or their loved ones and how to optimize their health; supporting them as they change, grow and heal.

As a maternal family nurse, I am passionate about caring for mothers and babies. In one of my more recent nursing positions, I had the opportunity to create a comprehensive breastfeeding program that included education for nurses, as well as an outpatient clinic and support group for mothers and families.  Through this holistic approach, I was able to help mothers thrive in their new roles and relationships with their infants. One of the most rewarding moments I have had in my career, was when a mother told me that she could have never succeeded without this help and that the support she received allowed her to better nurture her relationship with her son. This experience taught me that the art of nursing is equally important as the science. Helping others achieve the best possible health happens in many ways, some of which are not always measurable.


 A little about me

In my spare time I enjoy playing outside with my wonderful husband and two amazing boys. In winter I can be found trying to keep up with them in the powder at Targhee or spinning in my lowest gear at City Creek in the dry season. I love Southeast Idaho for it’s beautiful sunrises, friendly people and outdoor fun. 

Kristie Karroum Clinical Instructor Practical Nursing Program, hiking in snow