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.
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.
“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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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
Kayla Van Boxtel
Joan Bachhuber ’75
Edna Johnson Luckow ’52
Ruth Drye ’66
Nancy Oldenburg ’74
Sally (Martalock) Wangsness ’63
Jeanne (Culter) Appelbaum ’76
Susan Curtis ’86
Nancy Seegers Schaper Cert ’57, ’57
Mary Huseth Black Cert ’57, ’70
Cheryl Donkle ’74
Aniqueka Jamie Scott
Pa Ying Vang
Betty Putzi ’58
Nancy Stone Davis ’63
Nancy Watts ’67
Learn More About the Pin Recipients & Donors
The School of Nursing is proud to honor nine graduates with nursing pins, presented by the Nurses Alumni Organization. Meet the NAO 2022 Pin Recipients!
The School of Nursing is proud to honor nine graduates with nursing pins, presented by the Nurses Alumni Organization. Meet the NAO 2021 Pin Recipients!
The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing honored five graduates with nursing pins presented by the Nurses Alumni Organization (NAO) on May 6.