University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Badgers for a Lifetime

As alumni, you are a crucial part of the the UW-Madison School of Nursing community. With over 10,000 graduates worldwide, the Badger nurse network continues to transform healthcare in Wisconsin and around the globe. We are here to support you in all the places your UW -Madison nursing degree takes you. Now, you inspire us. We look to you as experienced nurses, educators, and researchers for inspiration and support to share with the next generation of nurse leaders.


Connect with Your Fellow Alumni

Nurses Alumni Organization (NAO)

NAO provides the link between the UW-Madison School of Nursing and its alumni, whether they have earned a certificate, a bachelor's degree, or an advanced degree in nursing. Current and emeriti faculty are also members of the organization.

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Join Badger Bridge

This online tool keeps UW–Madison alumni, students, and staff connected. You can reconnect with fellow Badgers, give back to others as a career mentor, meet new Badgers close to home, explore job opportunities, and more.

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Once a Badger, Always a Badger.

The School of Nursing is more than a place where nursing careers begin. It is a lifelong professional resource, a connection to the past, a continuous source or science and discovery and a place where alumni and nursing colleagues are always welcome.

There are many ways to stay connected to the School. Join Badger Bridge, stay involved with the Nurses Alumni Organization, mentor a current student, or attend one of the School’s signature events.

Want to get involved? Email Marlee Promisel, alumni relations officer, at

photo of fall prevention workshop for seniors The very tenets of the university—the Wisconsin Idea—speak to spreading the good works of the UW far beyond the borders of campus. If you are interested in giving back to the School of Nursing and future badger nurses, please consider sharing your talents through volunteering.

Here just a few of the ways you can serve:

  • Join the NAO Board
  • Become a Nurse Preceptor
  • Mentor a Student
  • Speak at a Student Organization Event
  • Conduct Mock Interviews.

Fill out this simple form to get started.

Not sure which is the right fit for you? Contact Marlee Promisel, alumni relations officer, at to learn more about the opportunities.

Recognizing School of Nursing Alumni

Alumni Awards

Each year, the NAO salutes alumni who have made significant contributions to the nursing profession that shape research, scholarship, education, and practice with the Distinguished Achievement Award and the Outstanding Badger Nursing Award.

Keep In Touch

Class notes are a great way to stay in touch with fellow Badger nurses. All updates are published bi-annually in Forward Nursing magazine.

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