The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing welcomes seven new faculty members ahead of the 2021-22 academic year. The appointees bring with them a wide array of expertise, including one tenure-track member and six new clinical faculty members.
Angela Fernandez, PhD, MPH, LCSW, joins the School as an assistant professor and a member of the campus Native American Environment, Health, and Community faculty cluster. A member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin, her research program is built on national and international social work and public health practices with Indigenous, Latinx, and other diverse communities in a variety of health care and community-based settings. Her research examines the role of cultural practices that are dependent upon nature contact in the prevention of chronic and co-occurring diseases among Indigenous communities. Dr. Fernandez received her master of social work, master of public health, and doctorate in social work from the University of Washington, and she comes to UW–Madison from her postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
Katherine “Katie” Collins, DNP, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, FNP-BC, joins the School of Nursing faculty as a clinical assistant professor. Collins received her doctor of nursing practice from the Family Nurse Practitioner program and her master of science in nursing from the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Illinois Chicago. She has substantial experience as a staff nurse in hospital, primary care, and specialty care (allergy, asthma, and immunology) settings, including working as a nurse practitioner in a federally qualified health center. Her scholarship interests are related to improving domestic violence screening and quality of life for cancer patients, as well as climate change and planetary health, and serving underserved populations. Collins will be teaching in the accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program this fall.
Joining as a clinical instructor, Alyssa Haure, MSN, RN, comes to the School of Nursing from a faculty clinical coordinator position with Herzing University. An experienced teacher, Haure has taught growth and development, health assessment, and adult health in didactic and experiential settings. In addition, she has substantial experience as a nurse in emergency, medical-surgical, and urgent care settings.
Leah Roscoe ’06, MS, RN, FNP-BC, returns to her alma mater as a clinical instructor. An alumna of the traditional bachelor of science program, Roscoe went on to receive her master of science in nursing from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Colorado Denver. Roscoe comes to the School of Nursing from the UW Medical Foundation (UW Health), where she worked as a nurse practitioner in diabetes and endocrinology outpatient and on the diabetes management service inpatient. Her substantial experience as a registered nurse in urgent care and medical/surgical nursing will also contribute to her expertise in teaching experiential courses in the School’s undergraduate programs.
Anna Kohl ’04, MSN, RN, joins the School of Nursing as a clinical instructor. After earning her degree through the UW–Madison School of Nursing’s traditional bachelor of science in nursing program, Kohl went on to earn a master’s degree in nursing and health care administration from the University of Phoenix. Kohl has professional practice experience in cardiac intensive care, palliative and hospice care, and urgent care. She also has experience in program management and professional leadership. She has academic teaching experience with Herzing University and will be working with the School’s experiential courses in the undergraduate program.
Anna Watson, MSN, RN-BC, who joined the School of Nursing in May 2021, teaches experiential courses in the accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program. After earning her bachelor of science in nursing from North Dakota State University, Watson went on to obtain her master of nursing education from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has professional practice experience in medical-surgical nursing, with specialization in trauma, renal care, and wound care. She has taught nursing courses at both Carrington College and Herzing University.
Beth Zahn, MSN, RN, CNE, joins the School of Nursing as a clinical instructor this fall. Zahn received her bachelor of science in nursing from UW–Milwaukee, and her master of science in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is certified as a nurse educator and has extensive teaching experience at UW–Milwaukee College of Nursing, Alverno College, Madison Area Technical College, and Gateway Technical College. Her professional expertise has come from her work as a staff nurse in medical-surgical, visiting nurse, and rehabilitation care settings. Zahn will be teaching in the undergraduate program this fall.