Family nurse practitioner/clinical assistant professor, Silver Spring Community Nursing Center
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing
A lot of heart goes into being a nurse, and Kristie Brooke’s clients experience her genuine care and concern for their overall well-being on a daily basis.
Brooke is an advanced practice nurse practitioner at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing’s Silver Spring Community Nursing Center.
The SSCNC is co-located in the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center and is one of two UW-Milwaukee nurse-led practice sites.
Patients at the SSCNC typically have limited or no access to nursing or health care.
Brooke serves as the director of primary care services at the center and is also the chairperson for the cross-site practice committee.
She began her work at Silver Spring in 2006, where she provides and coordinates the primary health care needs for clients with multiple chronic diseases. Her expertise lies in the care of people with diabetes, heart disease and asthma.
Not only does Brooke readily make herself available as a resource to patients, staff and nurses at the SSCNC, but she also serves as a mentor and preceptor in support of student nurses in their professional clinical education.
According to her colleagues, Brooke has an ease with clients that fosters and maintains a sincere and caring therapeutic relationship.
She has been instrumental in the continuation of accessible, compassionate and quality health care to the underinsured and uninsured clients the SSCNC serves, and has spearheaded efforts with local and state agencies to expand the delivery of on-site services.