Legacy of the Nursing Pin

School of Nursing pin

History of the Nursing Pin

Traditionally, each school of nursing has its own distinct pin. The pin for the University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Nursing was planned in 1926, since it was to be worn by members of the first graduating class the next year, The design, submitted by a firm, was selected by a committee of five: Miss Helen Denne, director of the school, Miss Lila Fletcher, superintendent of nurses, Miss Christina Murray, instructor in the school, Dr. Robin Buerki, hospital superintendent, and Dr. Joseph Evans, of the Medical School staff.

Apparently, a contest was held for the best design. Interestingly, the design selected bears a strong resemblance to a British medal, Order of the Royal Red Cross, awarded to Miss Denne, who served as a Canadian military nurse overseas in World War I. The medal was given to the School of Nursing after Miss Denne’s death.

The School of Nursing pin consists of three parts: The Cross Pattee, representative of nursing; the Caduceus, symbolic of medicine and healing; and the seal of the University, signifying the educational setting of the School.

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Tradition of Promise

The pin of the University of Wisconsin–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.

Donate Your Pin

“I am so honored to donate my pin to Raquel. I look forward to watching her progress in her career. UW–Madison was the best springboard for my career. You must take risks and advance in the direction of your dreams. Be kind, give back, and mentor–then the cycle begins again.”

Stephanie Swartz '74

NAO Pin Recipients & Donors

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2022

Pin Recipients:

Raquel Burnham
Maica Ho
Chaya Miller
Chinaza Nwosa
Rey Okoene
David Sohl
Ashley Thomas
Max Wuest
Nancy Yang

Pin Donors:

Stephanie Swartz ’74
Nancy Dextrom ’66
Jane Jordan Farrell ’61
Eileen Smit ’69, MS ’77
Molly Meyer ’71
Cathryn Eckberg ’71
Mary Moat CERT ’77, MS ’82

2021

Pin Recipients:

Noor Bontz
Michaela Ginter-Powers
Katie Kalvelage
Mariah Larson
Eric Schiller
Kayla Siok
Sara Thao
Bryce Trimberger
Kayla Van Boxtel


Pin Donors:

Joan Bachhuber ’75
Edna Johnson Luckow ’52
Ruth Drye ’66
Nancy Oldenburg ’74
Sally (Martalock) Wangsness ’63
Jeanne (Culter) Appelbaum ’76
Susan Curtis ’86

2020

Pin Recipients:

Laura Block
Hannah Bonneville
Emily Hanna
Sirirothnak Seng
Dallas Prockl

Pin Donors:

Nancy Seegers Schaper Cert ’57, ’57
Mary Huseth Black Cert ’57, ’70
Cheryl Donkle ’74

2019

Pin Recipients:

Alex Dudek
Guisella Medrano
Aniqueka Jamie Scott
Grace Stewart
Pa Ying Vang

Pin Donors:

Betty Putzi ’58
Nancy Stone Davis ’63
Nancy Watts ’67

Pinning Ceremonies

Contact

Connect With the Nurses Alumni Organization

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Nurses Alumni Organization (UW NAO) was founded in 1927 shortly after the first class graduated from the School of Nursing. All School of Nursing graduates become members upon graduation or certificate completion.

Graduation celebration with Bucky Badger

Jordan Langer

Position title: Alumni Relations Officer

Email: jlanger3@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-1179

Address:
5173 Signe Skott Cooper Hall