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A Yale nurse at the bottom of the world.

Courtesy Jaime Hensel ’13MSN

Courtesy Jaime Hensel ’13MSN

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It may sound like hyperbole to say that you can go to the ends of the earth and still find a Yale alum. But for a little while it was true—for one end of the earth, anyway. For the past two southern-hemisphere summers (October to February), Jaime Hensel ’13MSN worked as a family nurse practitioner for the US Antarctic Program, helping to care for 160 people at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. While standing at the pole on one occasion, she told Yale Nursing Matters magazine, she marveled that “I am literally the farthest-south nurse in the entire world.” What’s next? She just started a fellowship in palliative and hospice care. It’s in Anchorage, Alaska.

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