Beyond Borders

No matter where their journey takes them, all Badger nurses have one goal: to change lives through their strong commitment to service. Whether it’s bedside care, nursing research, or addressing global health issues — such as poverty and access to care — that service makes an impact on individuals, families, communities, and systems around the world.

2021 NAO Award Winners

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Nurses Alumni Organization (NAO) is proud to announce the 2021 NAO Alumni Awards recipients. Linda Kautza Procci ’72, MSN’74, has received the 2021 Distinguished Achievement Award, and Emily Hansen Schumacher ’10, DNP’18, has received the 2021 Outstanding Badger Nursing Award.

Amy Hermes ’10

“For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to help people,” says Amy Hermes, a 2010 graduate of the UW–Madison School of Nursing’s rigorous BSN@Home program. Now in her 34th year at Stoughton Hospital, and her third as chief nursing officer (CNO) and vice president of patient services, Hermes’ appetite for learning has not slowed down.

Melanie Krause ’06, PhD’10

One of the first seven nursing students to join the School of Nursing’s early-entry PhD program, Melanie Krause has made a career in long-term health care systems. In her current role, she is responsible for providing comprehensive services throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General.