Students encouraged to visit Wilson for health advice and options
Sally Wilson recently joined the Augustana community as the Nurse Navigator, a role that has long been under discussion. As a registered nurse, Wilson will act as an advocate for student well-being and assist them in finding different options.
“Thinking about access to health services and trying to relate that to a student experience is important. Knowing options and having access to accurate information especially regarding health care is really important,” said Wilson. “I’m excited to work with students and talk to them about their options.”
Wilson will be available to answer questions and give advice on treatment of minor illnesses, physical exams, mental and sexual health concerns, immunizations, and health education.
Wilson completed her bachelor of science in nursing at Clemson University in South Carolina and has worked in different types of nursing within acute care. Since moving to Camrose two years ago, Wilson has worked in home care and at St. Mary’s Hospital.
“I have also worked with cancer patients, psychology, respiratory patients, life care, cardiac care, as well as home care,” said Wilson. Though Wilson is new to Camrose, she said that sometimes accessing health services can be challenging.
Wilson said that she knew Augustana wanted a health care service on campus. “My husband is a professor here, so he told me they were looking and thinking about bringing a nurse on campus, and then I saw the job posting,” said Wilson.
Wilson works for the Primary Care Network (PCN). “It is a group of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers; there is a number that students can call, and a PCN administrator will receive them.”
Wilson said that it is essential for students to know all of the different options and the PCN is an excellent way to find them. “You can make an informed decision and have someone talk through it with you to understand the situation.”
Wilson said she looks forward to advocating for students in her new role.
“I think students have a variety of background experience when they are come to see me. Maybe some of them are from Camrose, maybe some are not; regardless, understanding the services is important when you need help,” said Wilson.
Wilson said that she is excited to be working in the learning commons. “There is a lot of other support here,” said Wilson. “Working with the counsellors, having chaplaincy and student life here. With everyone in the same area, it’s really nice, and it’s a good support system for the students.”
Students can make appointments to meet with Wilson between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Visit the PCN website for more information: http://www.camrosepcn.com/.