Chancellor Mnookin visits School of Nursing

On August 31, UW–Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin visited the School of Nursing. She spent the morning meeting students, faculty, and staff, and we proudly showed her how Badger nurses change lives through research, education, and practice.

Here’s a window into some of the chancellor’s activities during her visit:

Dean Linda Scott and Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin present to group of undergraduate students.
Chancellor Mnookin joined Dean Linda D. Scott in welcoming 160 traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) students as the Class of 2025 during Welcome into Nursing (WIN) Day.


Three students read scripts as part of a simulation scenario. Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin wears impairment goggles and headphones to simulate being a patient with dementia and reduced sensory perception.
In our hospital simulation space, the Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) team led Chancellor Mnookin and three undergraduate nursing students in the “Improving Care Transitions” scenario from the Dementia Friendly Hospital Toolkit. This simulation is designed to help hospital clinic staff understand why transitions in a hospital setting may be challenging for people living with dementia and utilize patient-centered proactive approaches to ease patient transition across clinical departments.


Two female students practice assessment skills on manikin in hospital simulation suite.
The chancellor observed undergraduate nursing students perform a simulation scene led by clinical instructors. Above: Students Nicole Martels (left) and Holly Adams work through caring for a patient with alterations in gas exchange and demonstrate appropriate nursing assessments and interventions.


Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin practices checking heartbeat with a stethoscope on a medical manikin. Clinical instructor Jessica Troz provides guidance.
Chancellor Mnookin toured the rest of our Center for Technology-Enhanced Nursing (CTEN), including skills labs, clinic, and apartment spaces. During her stop in one of our skills labs, the chancellor received a hands-on lesson in nursing assessment skills from clinical instructor Jessica Troz.


Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin and group of four women chat while sitting on two couches.
Chancellor Mnookin had a meet and greet with nursing graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. During their conversation, she learned about each student and trainee’s research and the impact nursing science makes on health care and patient outcomes.


Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin poses on stairs with undergraduate nursing students Alexandra Goldenberg, Julie Jones, Nicole Bartels, and Holly Adams.
Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin poses on stairs with undergraduate nursing students Alexandra Goldenberg, Julie Jones, Nicole Bartels, and Holly Adams.


Not pictured: The Nursing Research and Sponsored Programs team presented and led discussions on the School of Nursing’s overall research enterprise. Professors Barb King and Linsey Steege gave an overview of the Mobilizing Older adults Via a systems-based Intervention® (MOVIN) program as an example of nursing research’s impact.

Photos by Liz Fitzpatrick and Kevin Check