The Nurse's Office

Nurse Katherine Alexander said she is excited to be back on campus after graduating in 2006. Alexander adjusted her office hour to accommodate for students needs. Photo by Isaac Gleitz

Franklin’s new nurse, Katherine Alexander, is not really new to campus. 

Although Nov. 15 was her first day on campus, she graduated from Franklin in 2006 with a Spanish degree and met her husband James Alexander who is the philosophy and religion department chair. She said his employment here is partly why she returned. 

“I’m really excited to be working with the students,” Alexander said. “I love Franklin College. It has a very special place in my heart.”

Assessing patients is second nature for her, so she said she’s ready for the job. On her first day, a student stopped by to ask about a health issue before she could put down her bags. Alexander said this was her first sign that she would be active—that she would “hit the ground running.”

Before starting the job, she worked at Johnson Memorial Health, doing interpretative work for non-English speakers. After graduation from college, she was not quite sure how she wanted to use her Spanish degree. She was interested in science and always had a voice in the back of her head telling her to try nursing, so she finally went for it in 2019. She enrolled in an accelerated program at IUPUC and graduated last year. She then began working at Johnson Memorial Hospital and worked there for a year. She said Franklin College nursing is her next phase. 

Alexander said she will be expanding her office hours. While she currently ends her shift at 5, her new hours will be 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:15 to 4:15 Fridays. She takes lunch from noon to 1 p.m. daily. Alexander will also host free STI testing Dec. 8 in the health and counseling center. 

Alexander also said she hopes students reach out to her, given that she’s one of four confidential resources on campus along with the counselors and chaplain. 

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