By Shannon Johnson
Fallon Medical Complex is welcoming Carol Hough, a Family Nurse Practitioner from Washington.
Hough grew up in the small town of Asotin, WA, about 100 miles south of Spokane. In high school she participated in basketball, 4-H, and rodeo. After high school she married her high school sweetheart Norman. They had three kids Chad, Chelsea and Nicole.
After being a stay at home wife and mother for several years, Hough had found a career calling. “My mother had a chronic illness and passed away from that,” she said. Since Hough was the only one out of her four other siblings that was not working, she was heavily involved in the care at the end of her mother’s life. “I always thought that the nurses were amazing, and I knew I wanted to pattern my life after that.”
Hough got into the field of nursing at the age of 23 and has been in it ever since. She began her education at Walla Walla Community College in Clarkston, WA for her Associates. Her education continued online, and she received her bachelor’s from Grand Canyon University.
Along with many years of travel nursing, Hough worked as an RN in an Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room. Although she loved what she did, she thought there was a way that she could better care for patients. “By the time I saw patients it was all mostly damage control at that time,” she explained. “If I can prevent disease and illness as a Nurse Practitioner then I want to make an impact that way.”
Hough hit the books once more, studying online through Simmons University in Boston, MA where she obtained her master’s degree in December of 2018. Aside from travel nursing and a few years spent living in western Montana, she had lived in Washington her whole life and was ready for a change. “Rural medicine is what I want to support,” she expressed. “I feel that as a Nurse Practitioner I can make the biggest difference in rural communities.”
With her heart set on a rural community and an opening at the Fallon Medical Complex, Hough set her sights on Baker. “Montana is beautiful, so why not,” she affirmed.
Although Hough moved here in June, they are just beginning to get settled into their new Montana lives. “It’s a fourteen-hour drive. That’s a lot to do in one day,” added Hough. After they get settled, Hough is excited to get back into her lifelong hobby of horseback riding and do some exploring in the area.
Hough remains excited to begin her journey as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Baker community. “Everybody waves here,” she acknowledged. “It’s just a very friendly place!”