A Message from the Dean

Dean Linda Scott
Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Dean and Professor

Welcome—and thank you for taking time to become familiar with the UW-Madison School of Nursing (SoN)!

As leaders in nursing education, we are clear in our purpose to improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. This commitment is advanced through our research, scholarship, outreach, and initiatives. It is also evident in the curricula and instruction across our graduate and undergraduate degree programs, our certificate opportunities, and professional development offerings.

The SoN has a 100-year legacy of excellence in nursing education and science that has positioned us for even greater impact in the future. Since 1924, our faculty and staff have adapted in response to changing and aging populations, increasingly complex health systems, and evolving public health needs. It remains a hallmark of our teaching and learning environment that students are inspired to maximize their impact as nurses in the profession and society. As a result, generations of Badger nurses have changed lives through research, care, policy, and advocacy to address the health needs of their time.

Whether you are considering nursing as a career, advancing your nursing education in practice or research, or exploring employment with us, being a part of the SoN at this time in our history is special. We are setting the course for our next century of impact—where our students, faculty, staff, and alumni will lead in a transformation that makes health and wellbeing accessible to all people. If this resonates with you, then I hope you will continue exploring what you can learn and contribute as a member of the SoN community at this point in your educational journey or professional life.

photo of students in the Cooper Hall atrium
BSN students working with a simulation mannequin
Nursing students in a technology-enhanced active learning classroom
photo of School of Nursing Dean Linda Scott with School of Nursing alumni dressed in Badger red, making the Wisconsin "W" symbol with their hands