Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Anne Turba, NP, is teaching future nurses as a Silver Lake College of the Holy Family instructor. As an adjunct on the nursing department’s faculty, she teaches the Pharmacology class to juniors on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sister had prior experience with student nurses when working as a teaching assistant while pursuing her own graduate degree at Marquette University, Milwaukee.
Nursing education has been a major part of our apostolate for more than 100 years. An all Franciscan Sister faculty at Holy Family School of Nursing in Manitowoc, WI had its first graduate in 1912. By 1923 our Sisters provided a fully credited program passing state requirements. Sisters experienced in Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Orthepedrics, Medical-Surgical, as well as passed on fundamental skills to those seeking this career. Almost at the same time in Zanesville Ohio, Good Samaritan School of Nursing offered training from 1905-1975. In Silver Lake College’s more recent history, Sister Helena Young was department chair during some of the years when a bachelor of science in nursing program for registered nurses was provided in 1984-1990. In the last few years, Sister Sarah Bertler taught at Bellin School of Nursing, Green Bay, WI.
Because of our Sisters’ presence in these educational settings, some of the student nurses over the years developed relationships with our Sisters. This friendship opened the door to responding to God’s call to be a Franciscan Sister as well. We pray that God’s will be done in these current times. The world is ever in need of this healing presence! (Photos: Suzanne Weiss)