Inspired by children overcoming challenges

Claire Johnson

APP Spotlight: Claire Johnson, Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatry, 2275 Deming Way Clinic

Tell us about yourself.

I earned my doctorate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner from the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I met my husband while pursuing my Bachelor of Science in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. We have an adorable 3-year-old daughter who loves to play outside, rain or shine. When I am not chasing after her, you can find me in my garden with my dog. 

Where did you grow up?

I have been a Wisconsinite all my life. I love experiencing all the seasons here, particularly the fall. Growing up in the small town of Lake Mills, I learned the importance of supporting the school district and the community you live in.  

How did you come to UW Health?

When UW Health created a new role for a psychiatric nurse practitioner to be part of the child and adolescent consult and liaison service, I jumped at the opportunity. I was excited to help further develop this scope of care for advanced practice providers. It’s a small but amazing outpatient practice.

We work with children and adolescents—kids who are suicidal and/or have depressive episodes. We’ve also recently seen an increase in children who have eating disorders.

What inspires you about your profession?

Children are remarkably resilient. They face unbelievable challenges and traumas. They inspire me to do this work. I believe in uncovering who a person is and wants to be and supporting them in their development. 

What have your patients taught you about yourself?

I have learned to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life. I am grateful for my family and the ability to have a career as well as dedicated time for my daughter. 

In a few words, how would you describe your coworkers and team at UW Health?

My coworkers at 2275 Deming Way Clinic and American Family Children’s Hospital are dedicated and caring. They all have been welcoming and a fun team to be a part of. 

Outside of work, what did you accomplish this year that makes you proud?

I am biking to work! Wish me luck as I am hoping to continue this in rain, snow or on 100-degree days.