When she was an 8-year-old growing up in Fond du Lac, Ashley Rusch helped provide hospice care for her grandmother as she fought a rare form of cancer.
“I remember helping feed my grandmother, brushing her hair, listening to music with her, talking with her and holding her hand,” said Rusch, who’s now 30 and living in Madison. “I got to see what it was like to care for someone in that capacity and the compassion that was needed. I knew I wanted to make a difference in a different way.”
Rusch is now a clinical nurse specialist in the in-patient operating room and outpatient surgery center at UW Hospital. She entered a profession with growing demand and the potential to advance on a path parallel to a doctor’s.