Faculty Profile

Mary Coucoules

Mary Coucoules

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Email: coucou@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2610
Office: SHS 123


Education: ADN, Yakima Community College, 1981; BSN, University of Washington - Tacoma, 1997; MSN, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, 2000. At SPU since 2009.

Mary Coucoules began her career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Tacoma General Hospital as a staff nurse. In the early 1980s, she moved to Florida to work at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida; first as a neonatal intensive care nurse and then as a flight nurse for Shandscair, the neonatal flight program in Gainesville, Florida, which served Florida and the southeastern United States. In 1985, she relocated to San Diego to work at San Diego Children’s Hospital in the post-anesthesia care unit of the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. Coucoules also worked as a pediatric research specialist with a focus on asthma and allergy.

Missing the weather of the Pacific Northwest, Coucoules returned to Washington to work in the Burn Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle before being hired by Seattle Children’s as a pediatric flight nurse for Airlift Northwest.

In 1998, she moved to Minnesota to pursue a master’s degree in anesthesia. She was credentialed as a CRNA for 10 years, working at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Group Health Cooperative, while also maintaining a solo CRNA practice in Bellevue.

After 28 years of clinical practice, she began her teaching career at Seattle Pacific University. Coucoules completed her doctorate in nursing leadership at Seattle University in June 2017.

In her off time, she enjoys backpacking, gardening, spending time with family, and doing small projects in her house.

Please see Mary Coucoules’ CV for additional information.


Why I Teach at SPU

Mary Coucoules, Assistant Professor of Nursing

“I am passionate about the nursing profession. At SPU, I have the honor of sharing my enthusiasm while teaching outstanding students focused on learning. Watching students’ progress into compassionate and competent providers is intensely gratifying and fuels my desire to continue working as an educator in the School of Health Sciences.”