“For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to help people,” says Amy Hermes, a 2010 graduate of the UW–Madison School of Nursing’s rigorous BSN@Home program. Now in her 34th year at Stoughton Hospital, and her third as chief nursing officer (CNO) and vice president of patient services, Hermes’ appetite for learning has not slowed down.
Phuoc Hong Nhan started his undergraduate career as a math major but found himself at the School of Nursing. “I always knew I wanted to help people. When I did my internship as an EMT, I got to be at the bedside…. It just felt right to me.”
One of the first seven nursing students to join the School of Nursing’s early-entry PhD program, Melanie Krause has made a career in long-term health care systems. In her current role, she is responsible for providing comprehensive services throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General.
A member of the first cohort of the accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) program, internationally educated Aniqueka Scott Moulton is a registered nurse for UW Health, working in the acute medical/progressive care unit where the team specializes in respiratory illness, including patients with COVID-19.
A conversation with Shawn Waldron ’12, who currently works at the McMurdo Station medical center in Antarctica as its COVID-19 medical risk manager.
The most recent NAO award winners—Canary Savage Girardeau Cert ’55, who received the Distinguished Achievement Award, and Cassondra (Cassie) Dietrick ’19, who received the Outstanding Badger Nursing Award—serve as exemplary leaders in the profession and society.
Following in the footsteps of her great-grandmother, grandmother, and aunt, Emily Hanna is the fourth in her family to take part in UW’s nursing program. The generations of women in her family who studied nursing before her served as inspiration and motivation for her to pursue the same path.
A Rhinelander, Wisconsin, native and proud School of Nursing alumna, Judy Porter wanted to provide the same educational opportunities that she had to future Badger nurses from northern Wisconsin. Her husband honored her last wish by establishing the Judy Porter Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Dwayne Dobschuetz, APRN, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner at Northwestern Medicine and University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing alumnus, started checking in on older patients, as he rode his bicycle home from work. The experience inspired him to go back to school at age 65 to become an advanced practice nurse, and led to his current home care role.
“I’ve been called a catalyst before and I believe that I am one. Challenge the status quo in constructive ways so you can achieve results in the system,” says Rachel Azanleko-Akouete, a recent graduate of the master’s in public health program at UW–Madison and BSN alumna. “We really need to inspire that next generation of researchers and public health nurses.”