This issue of ForwardNursing focuses on rural health care and highlights how the School of Nursing has responded to the complex health needs that characterize many parts of Wisconsin.
A winter immersion program for the School of Nursing’s Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (ABSN) program shows students how nurses help build healthy communities in rural places. The school is committed to every student participating in a clinical focused on population health.
BSN students provided services for people with a broad spectrum of disabilities and practiced nursing skills in a new School of Nursing summer respite camp immersion course.
“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.”
A partnership between the Monroe Clinic-SSM Health and the UW–Madison School of Nursing provides DNP students opportunities to engage in rural practice, and many return to it.
For Uchenna Jones ’02, ’09, it’s all about family. As a labor and delivery nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, she helps start new families. And as the organizer of both the Madison Gospel 5K and the W1N Crew walking group and the co-founder of the Sole Sistas Run Madtown running group, she helps keep those families healthy.
The opioid epidemic continues to claim lives, disrupt families and challenge communities, but nurses are hardly standing idly by. In many settings, they are creating solutions, implementing new programs, and driving change for nurses, patients, health systems and communities.
School of Nursing Associate Professor Earlise Ward, new public service faculty director of the UW–Madison Morgridge Center, hopes to see a strengthening of university relationships with underserved communities and more campus infrastructure to support community-based researchers.
Rural leaders are asking how they can help older residents to thrive in their communities. Now three coalitions are working with the Center for Aging Research and Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing to support rural aging-in-place.
Signe Skott Cooper devoted more than 60 years to nursing education at UW–Madison and within the UW System. Her wartime service shaped her life, personally and professionally.