Badger Nurse Network

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More About the Badger Nurse Network

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Why should I join the BNN?

The Badger Nurse Network is a professional group for UW–Madison School of Nursing Alumni, current students, faculty, and staff who are active in the nursing community. The network connects alumni together to share insights, resources, and ideas on healthcare and workforce challenges. With members in over 46 states, 9 countries, and 100+ cities across the country, the BNN is a resource for current nursing students to connect with Badger nurses in areas they may want to relocate to. The group also allows School of Nursing alumni to stay connected to their classmates and the profession.

While student-alumni connections are a valuable part of the BNN, the network is not just for practicing nurses. Whether you’re practicing, retired, or pursuing a different profession, the Badger Nurse Network needs your feedback on how your nursing education has contributed to your professional and personal development.

What do BNN members do?

  • Engage and Stay Informed: Badger Nurse Network members stay engaged with the School of Nursing through emails, social media, and events when possible. BNN members have access to special events, lectures, and updates on the School.
  • Reach Out to Classmates: Members grow the Badger Nurse Network by reaching out to former classmates and inviting them to participate.
  • Provide Alumni Insight: Our soon-to-be graduates are looking for alumni to assist with relocation insight, career progression, and networking opportunities.
  • Assist with Graduate Research: Our BNN members volunteer to assist with research studies and other scholarly projects that our current PhD and DNP students are conducting.
  • Volunteer: Members volunteer in multiple ways throughout the year. For example, members are asked to serve as mock interviewers for graduating students to assist in job application preparation.

Who can join the BNN?

The Badger Nurse Network is open to all UW–Madison School of Nursing alumni, current students, staff, and faculty.

How can I join the BNN?

There are currently 1,600+ Badger Nurse Network members engaging on the Badger Nurse Network Facebook group. You can follow the link to request your membership!

Not on Facebook? No problem! We have over 175 members that are not part of the Facebook group. Please send an email to to join the network! Current BNN members craft and send monthly updates to our BNN members to keep them informed, engaged, and aware of upcoming volunteering events and initiatives.

Meet Some BNN Members

  • Canary Savage Girardeau

    School of Nursing Announces the Canary Savage Girardeau Award for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

    The UW–Madison School of Nursing is proud to announce the establishment of a new award. Named in honor of the first Black alumnus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, The Canary Savage Girardeau Award for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion reflects the School of Nursing’s commitment to building health equity through diversity and inclusion in nursing education and health care.

  • Mary Gulbrandsen, MS’74, RN, PNP, and Tolu Oyesanya ’11, MS’12, PhD’16.

    2023 NAO Award Winners

    The University of Wisconsin–Madison Nurses Alumni Organization (UW NAO) proudly announces the 2023 NAO Award Winners. Mary Gulbrandsen, MS’74, RN, PNP, has been selected as the 2023 Distinguished Achievement Award recipient, and Tolu Oyesanya ’11, MS’12, PhD’16, has earned the 2023 Outstanding Badger Nurse Award.

  • Jean Johnson and Effy Yu

    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.

  • Treenut Pummanee

    Where Are They Now? Q&A with Treenut Pummanee, PhD’14

    Treenut Pummanee, PhD’14, shares highlights from her nursing journey.

  • More BNN Profiles

Contact Us

Jordan Langer

Position title: Alumni Relations Officer


Phone: 608-262-1179

5173 Signe Skott Cooper Hall