Clinical Scholarship

Transforming Teaching, Practice, and Systems of Care

At the UW–Madison School of Nursing, we encourage nurses to act on their passion and experience to explore scholarly inquiry. Our clinical scholars innovate teaching, share advancements in evidence-based practice, and improve systems of care.

Clinical scholarship informs the policies that impact safety, well-being, and quality of work life for health care workforces. It also protects the health of patients and communities.

We collaborate with communities, care settings, patients, and families to understand and work toward improving health care needs. Through innovative, evidence-based approaches, we transform nursing practice, patient outcomes, health systems, and our communities.

The Wisconsin Idea

Guided by the Wisconsin Idea and through partnerships across the state, the nation, and the globe, our scholarship is relevant and responsive to real-world problems.

Reducing Health Disparities

The School of Nursing is committed to addressing the inequities that are rooted in systems and determinants of population health. Unless unjust systems are challenged and dismantled, they perpetuate the institutionalized forms of discrimination that have led to health disparities. We work to transform systems of care so they are just, and strive to deliver more equitable care for all.

“Clinical scholarship provides opportunities to advance nursing knowledge, inform policy decisions, shape health care systems, and drive improvements in patient-centered care.”

Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN, Dean and Professor, UW–Madison School of Nursing

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“Policy, leadership, health provider, and payer systems drive our health care delivery models in the United States. Engagement in these areas is critical to promote advocacy for the patients, families, and communities we serve to improve access to, and outcomes of care.”

Roberta Pawlak, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Clinical Professor

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“Our public health system must include a highly qualified workforce and evidenced programs. Measuring and evaluating the nursing impact and population outcomes related to public health programs is essential to maintaining a workforce and system ready to meet the public’s health needs.”

Katie Gillespie, DNP, RN, CPH, Clinical Assistant Professor

The Academic Practice Partnership

The Academic Practice Partnership (APP) that exists between the School of Nursing and UW Health facilitates collaborations between academic and clinical nursing. Together, we are better able to develop and share knowledge that connects nursing education, research, and practice.

Nursing Research and Sponsored Programs

The Nursing Research and Sponsored Programs (NRSP) office offers a full range of grants administration services for the School of Nursing’s faculty, staff, and students. These services span the complete grant lifecycle, from finding funding sources to preparing proposals and budgets, to managing and closing out awards.

NRSP has staff that specialize in pre-award and post-award functions, as well as regulatory and institutional compliance. NRSP works closely with project leaders and their teams to develop high quality proposals and manage awards in accordance with complex sponsor requirements. Staff also serve as a liaison between the School of Nursing and other key units within UW–Madison.

NRSP houses two important research and scholarship support units within the School of Nursing:

  • Research Design and Statistics Unit (RDSU)
  • Wisconsin Network for Research Support (WINRS).

Taken together, these resources provide a full spectrum of services designed to support the School of Nursing’s clinical scholarship and research communities while advancing nursing science and practice.

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"The integration of evidenced-based clinical decision support systems within electronic health records empowers registered nurses to work to the full scope of their license, with the goal of decreasing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections. This synergy between technology and nursing expertise enhances patient care, promoting optimal outcomes and driving transformative advancements in the field of health care."

Wendy Halm, DNP, APNP, FNP-BC, Clinical Professor