As the semester is winding to a close, #loweclass #digital is gearing up for its final class project. Students get the privilege of working with Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Meg Kissinger and report on the issue of mental health care in Milwaukee. Kissinger is already an established reporter in the field, and she will be helping students along with way of this project.

For the final project, students were able to choose from varying occupations and roles related to mental health, from case workers to patients to the nurses who care for them. My group chose nurses, and I was pleased with the choice because they are the ones who know the patient just as well if not even more than the patient's family members. 

Even though I was excited about the project, I originally had no idea where to start researching for the project. I worked with autistic children over the past two summers, but learning disabilities are fairly different from mental illnesses. On their website, Milwaukee country has two different programs that will allow for nurses to take care of patients in their own homes. One program is for patients with serious and persistent mental illness, while the other is for those with developmental problems. 

Nurses, despite being the ones who care for the patients admitted to hospitals, also may be one of the most underrated positions within the health care field. Abele's health care plan would deny benefits to nurses who do not work 30 hours a week, which in turn could cause many nurses to leave the position and find work elsewhere. And in the death of Brandon Johnson, his family is blaming the care of the nurses. 

Coming into the project, I had very little knowledge of what nurses do within mental health care, and even now, my understanding is still minimal. However, this project will allow me to understand what nurses have to go through on a daily basis, and what they would change about the mental health care system. This project will be interesting. 

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