Minnesota Nursing magazine

The colonel in the classroom

Collier is proud she was in the first-ever graduating DNP class of Bentson Scholars
Chandra Evans

Ada Collier had been a nurse in the U.S. Air Force for 15 years before she decided she wanted to advance her nursing career with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Where some programs looked at Collier’s background and saw degrees earned years apart or how her military service might be an obstacle, Collier said the University of Minnesota School of Nursing saw her dedication and passion for health care.

“They saw something in me and they took a chance,” Collier said. “The University of Minnesota focuses on the individual. They know it’s not just about getting a degree, it’s about what you’re going to do with it to transform health care.”

Since then, Collier has been promoted to the rank of colonel and last spring, she graduated with honors as part of the first graduating class of Bentson DNP Scholars.

Path-breaking programs like the school’s DNP program creates nurses ready to take on the immense need for improving patient care, addressing shortages in high need areas and solving problems that put the nation’s health at risk. It’s a legacy Collier is proud and thankful to be a part of.

“The Bentson Foundation’s generosity has a huge impact on more than just me,” said Collier. “It will impact wounded warriors who come back from serving our country.”