PCNA's National Nurses Week Nurse of the Day: Dr. Laurie K. Glass

National Nurses Week: May 6, 2014 – May 12, 2014

Dr. Laurie K. Glass, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Laurie K. Glass is a Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  She holds a BS in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MS in nursing and nursing education from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in nursing research and nursing history from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Dr. Glass says that she has always wanted to be a nurse. She wrote her 7th grade career paper on nursing, and states that she, “can’t recall wanting to be anything else.” She was also drawn to the physiology of the profession but affirms that becoming a physician was not her goal.

When it comes to the profession itself, Dr. Glass says the most rewarding aspect of nursing is seeing the people you’ve cared for make progress and return to their normal lifestyles. In contrast, she says the most challenging part of the job is staying current with all of the changes that are occurring in health care.

A passionate and experienced nurse, Dr. Glass is no stranger to the changing roles of nurses. When questioned about what area of the profession could be improved in the future, Dr. Glass says she would like to see nurses gain the ability to make independent decisions. “Nurses are capable of doing so much more than they are allowed to in institutions/work settings,” she says. “They need to be able to practice to the full extent of their scope of practice.”

Dr. Glass is a resident of Milwaukee, Wis., and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling, and an occasional stop at her favorite local spot, Three Lions Pub.