Bonnie Hepler

PhD Student
bonnie hepler

I specialize in caring for vulnerable women and children, aiming to ensure that all people receive quality, compassionate care, while also being an expert in promoting maternal and child health domestically and globally. From evaluating breastfeeding policies in the Middle East to the impact of long acting reversible contraception in sub-Saharan Africa, I am committed to empowering women and families.

I decided to become a nurse after feeling something was missing from my previous career. As a public health policy analyst, I understood the larger context and barriers to receiving quality health care, but I felt very disconnected from humanity and caring for people. Now, I feel that advancing my career as a PhD student in nursing is giving me the opportunity to merge the humanistic approach I experience at the bedside with the policy, research and advocacy experience I had before joining the nursing field.

I was fortunate enough to attend Duke for my ABSN and, while here, got to learn from the most amazing, caring professors. The relationships I built while here for my ABSN made for natural bridges to joining the PhD program.

Nursing gives you the unique privilege of caring for people during their most intimate moments in life. I would like to focus my research expertise and career in an area that I am most passionate about – supporting new mothers and infants, especially those whose needs are going unmet. Over time, I would like to see policy change that supports families at home and in the health care setting.

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