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Alumni Update: Ploe (’12) Accepts Role as Nurse Practitioner at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital

July 30, 2020

Finlandia University nursing alumna, Tina Ploe (’12), recently landed a job at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics. She’ll be working alongside Aspirus orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and nurses. Following earning her degree at FinnU, the Hancock native earned her Master of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Cincinnati

Below is a full press release sent out by Aspirus Keweenaw. The original post can be found on the Aspirus website.


Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics proudly welcomes Nurse Practitioner Tina Ploe, NP-C, to its excellent orthopedic team. Ploe specializes in pre- and post-operative care and treatment of patients suffering from a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including diseases or injuries of the bones, muscles, and joints. She joins Aspirus Orthopedic Surgeons Frederick Rau, MD, Mark Kelley, MD, FACS, Jennifer Bow, MD, MASc, FRCSC, Nurse Practitioner Clint Pakkala, Sports Medicine Physician Colleen Dupuis, DO and Foot and Ankle Surgeon Jonathan Brueggeman, DPM, FACFAS, AAPWCA in delivering a higher level of orthopedic care, for patients close to home.

Ploe is originally from Hancock, where she graduated high school in 2006. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Finlandia University in Hancock. She is a Michigan-licensed registered nurse and family nurse practitioner. Certifications include Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Trauma Nursing Core Course.

Ploe is a familiar face in the community, having worked as a nurse in the medical-surgical, intensive care unit and Emergency Department at UP Health System – Portage. Working alongside Aspirus orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and nurses, she strives to help patients recover from surgery, rehabilitate from injuries, and return to doing the things they love sooner.

“There’s nothing better than educating patients and helping them get on the road to recovery quickly and safely to ensure the best outcomes,” Ploe said. “It’s so rewarding to be able to care for people in the small community where I live and grew up.”