2022 NAO Award Winners

The UW–Madison Nurses Alumni Organization is proud to announce the 2022 NAO Award Winners. Jean Johnson, MS’78, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been selected as the 2022 Distinguished Achievement Award recipient, and Zhiyuan “Effy” Yu ’15, PhD’19, Cert’19, has earned the 2022 Outstanding Badger Nurse Award.

Dean’s Letter | Fall 2022

As our students prepare to contribute to a nursing workforce with an aim to build health equity, they must be aware of and willing to disrupt sources of disparities. To do so, they must be encouraged to recognize, embrace, and trust their capacity to lead and create change. Cultivating a leadership mindset and identity is integral to nursing education. I can proudly say that it is a point of distinction at the SoN.

More than Medicine

Professor Linda D. Oakley, PhD, RN, is taking a heart-health message to historically marginalized Black communities and nursing students. As the Louis J. and Phyllis Clark Jacobs Professor in Mental Health, Oakley is committed to using science to find health and well-being solutions to systemic hypertension present in Black communities.

Lead Through Influence

Like magnets, our relationships with one another have the power to attract and repel. That complex network of relationships makes up our organizations’ culture. Health care operations leaders must take care to build up their organization’s culture to harness the invisible, magnetic influences and manage that force to create a high-performing culture.

Lead Through Connection

The Badger Nurse Mentorship Program helps current students who wish to receive support from School of Nursing alumni as they transition from student nurses to professional nurses. Through community, support, camaraderie, and fellowship, Badger nurses are building connections, leading in the profession, and changing lives.