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Nancy Louise Suazo


1947 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Nancy Louise Suazo Obituary
August 14, 1947 - August 28, 2015
Nancy Louise Suazo (née Reid), 68, critical care nursing educator, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2015 at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, with her family at her bedside. She was born August 14, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts to Wendell Scott Reid and Marion Louise (née Starie) Reid. In 1968, Nancy graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. After graduation, she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to start her career in critical care nursing. She attended one of the first critical care nursing education programs in the country. She moved to Los Angeles in 1971 where she married Michael Suazo from Albuquerque, New Mexico. They were divorced 5 years later. While working and teaching at Cedars-Sinai and Marina Hospitals, Nancy attended Chapman University, Orange, CA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences in 1981. During her career, Nancy held National Certifications in critical-care nursing (CCRN), emergency nursing (CEN) and medical-surgical specialties (RNC). Nancy was a CCRN alumnus until her death. While working in LA, Nancy had the opportunity to work with several noted physicians - Dr. H.J.C. Swan, Dr. William Ganz, Dr. Max Harry Weil, and Dr. Henry Marriott - to name a few. In the early 80's, Nancy started her own company to provide nursing education and eventually became the founder and president of Specialty Education Programs, Inc. - a provider of continuing education for nurses, physicians and other health care professionals. Nancy was an Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor and an Advanced Pediatric Life Support Instructor and has received numerous certificates of appreciation from the American Heart Association for her many years of volunteer service. A dynamic and versatile speaker, Nancy's years of experience and sense of humor made her one of the most popular nurse educators in the country. One of her greatest talents was the ability to simplify and clarify complex subjects. Nancy had been invited by many national organizations and universities to speak nationally and internationally on various critical care and medical-surgical topics (London, New Zealand, Australia).Nancy influenced tens of thousands of nurses all across the United States. She was continually sought out even after she retired. Nancy loved to travel and, in addition to her teaching travels, she was proud to say she had visited all 50 states and had traveled extensively abroad. In 2013, Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer, which forced her into retirement. She fought bravely and survived for two years; unfortunately succumbing to other severe complications. Nancy is survived by her two sisters, Marion Arciaga and Dorothy Tracy; her brother-in-law, Lito Arciaga, her niece, Tina Louise Arciaga, and Tina's fiancée, Charles Paulsen; all from Las Vegas. And her nephew, Wendell Arciaga, his wife, Shari, and two grand nieces, Savannah and Sierra; all from Catonsville, MD.
Memorial services will be held at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8601 Del Webb Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89134 (702-341-7800) on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 11AM. A light luncheon and reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Association.
Thank you, Nancy, for all you did to improve nursing care for all of us.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 14 to Oct. 25, 2015
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