Title: Assistant Professor
Company: Idaho State University
Location: Pocatello, Idaho, United States
Grace Catherine Jacobson, Assistant Professor at Idaho State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care.
Passionate and hardworking, Dr. Jacobson has dedicated her life to caring for others. She decided at a young age to follow her mother into nursing, but struggled to find a way to afford school. The military nursing education scholarship was the perfect solution; it paid for her last year of schooling in return for a couple of years on active duty. Dr. Jacobson ended up loving being in the service; she met her husband there and felt really good about the work she was doing. She got pregnant shortly after getting married, and back then, military members couldn’t have a dependent. She fought and eventually got the rule changed, allowing her to be reinstated. Dr. Jacobson remains a captain of the U.S. Army Nurse Reserve to this day. She was previously active during Operation Desert Strom and in Saudi Arabia.
On the nursing side of the spectrum, Dr. Jacobson focused on women’s health and education. She started as an assistant professor at Idaho State University in 1973 and a staff labor and delivery nurse at Bannock Regional Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, in 1975. Although she retired in 2008, she couldn’t stay away and returned to teaching in 2016. Dr. Jacobson’s professional designations include a PhD in pharmaceutical administration and a Master of Science in nursing from Idaho State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Hartwick College and a certificate in obstetrics-gynecology nursing. In recognition of her efforts, she was honored with accolades like the Teacher of the Year Award, the Community Service Award, and the Achievement Award from Idaho State University, the Women Helping Women Award from the Soroptimist Club, the Mountain Bell Grant for a Free Medical Clinic, and the U.S. West Grant for a Health Fair.
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