Nursing student Emma Spencer fights to better Missouri health care


Emma Spencer is back at UMSL pursuing her second degree, a DNP, from the College of Nursing. She hopes to use the leadership-focused doctorate to become a voice for change in health care systems statewide. (Photo by August Jennewein)

“I quickly began to see that many people – especially our most vulnerable populations – need much more help than what we can financially offer in our hospitals,” Spencer explains. “I would have these conversations and make these calls and still, with all of my education, experience and training, not be able to understand the answers about policies that my patients were being given. That just did not sit right with me.” — Emma Spencer, DNP student for UMSL College of Nursing 

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