Advocacy is a common thread in nursing during all times and circumstances, but its urgency was heightened in the past year. A need for advocacy on behalf of nurses themselves—a need that predated the pandemic—has persisted to crisis levels.
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Voices for Change
This issue of ForwardNursing is dedicated to nurse advocacy and the breadth of circumstances in which nurses act on behalf of individuals, families, communities, populations, and health care providers themselves.
As trained advocates, nurses help bridge the gap in the quality of health care people receive by assessing and addressing various social determinants of health, such as a patient’s environment or their access to proper resources. For the Black community, systemic racism is one such determinant.
More Spring 2021
For a little over a decade, the Wisconsin Network for Research Support has been focused on patient and community engagement, as well as providing innovative services to help clients and researchers connect with participants and key stakeholders throughout every stage of their projects.
Under the advisement of Lisa Bratzke ’88, MS’92, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA, Nicole Thomas is using her PhD program to develop research in the burgeoning field of epigenetics and the intergenerational transmission of trauma.
The School of Nursing is making an impact with vaccination efforts throughout Wisconsin with the BN-CoVED initiative.
The Florence Grossberg Nursing Scholarship was created in Florence’s memory to provide support to students at the School of Nursing who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and diverse environments. The fund will provide tuition assistance and mentorship opportunities for students enrolled in the BSN@Home program, the School’s first such scholarship.
The most recent NAO award winners—Canary Savage Girardeau Cert ’55, who received the Distinguished Achievement Award, and Cassondra (Cassie) Dietrick ’19, who received the Outstanding Badger Nursing Award—serve as exemplary leaders in the profession and society.
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Life During the Coronavirus Pandemic
From administering vaccinations to providing life-saving care, UW–Madison School of Nursing alumni, faculty, and students have played vital roles in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Current and future Badger nurses submitted photos to share a glimpse into their day-to-day lives during the pandemic. Cooper Hall and classroom photos by Alexander André.