University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Nurses Alumni Organization

Who We Are

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Nurses Alumni Organization (NAO) was founded in 1927, shortly after the first class graduated from the School of Nursing. The 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.

The purpose of NAO is to promote fellowship and recognition among the alumni of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing; cooperate with the School in advancing its programs; aid the school in furthering high standards of professional nursing education and practice; and assist students in various ways, including, but not limited to, scholarships and awards recognizing academic achievement and/or financial need.

Join the Board

The NAO board plays a crucial role in our School of Nursing community, and is a great way to stay involved with the School. If you are interesting in learning more about the NAO, or becoming involved with the board, please contact Marlee Promisel at alumni@son.wisc.edu.

NAO Awards

Each year, the Nurses Alumni Organization (NAO) salutes alumni who have made significant contributions to the nursing profession that shape research, scholarship, education, and practice. Recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award and the Outstanding Badger Nursing Award exemplify the school’s legacy of excellence in nursing leadership.

The deadline for nominations is September 1 each year. In nominating an individual for this award, please include information on how the nominee demonstrates the characteristics described below. If you have questions, please contact NAO president Madeleine Wentzel at alumni@son.wisc.edu.

Donate your nursing pin

The pin of the UW-Madison School of Nursing, designed in 1926, symbolizes a proud tradition of service. Each year, select pins are passed on from a past graduate to a new graduate as a sign of the recipient's achievement and future promise.

photo of a senior nursing student receiving a pin award

Contact

Marlee Promisel

Alumni Relations Officer

mpromisel@wisc.edu

608-262-1179

5121 Signe Skott Cooper Hall