The medical area of the western side of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus is pictured in an aerial view during autumn.

Nursing Research

A Tradition of Translational Research

We believe that nursing is a powerful instrument for improving the human condition. Researchers at the UW–Madison School of Nursing investigate, innovate, collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, and translate research into effective solutions. Nursing practice in all forms and the health needs of communities inform our research, connecting research back to improving both the prevention of illness and injury and the delivery of care. The integration of research and practice fosters the discovery of knowledge and the development of tools and strategies to improve care across settings, including schools, acute care, and long-term care.

The Wisconsin Idea

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

Reducing Health Disparities

The School is committed to promoting equity and reducing health disparities. We conduct, support and promote equity-based research that explicitly addresses disparities in access, quality, and outcomes.  We engage participants and partners from diverse communities across the state and the nation, particularly those most affected by issues of health equity.

We research new and better ways to deliver health care, improve health, and achieve positive outcomes.

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

Research Funding

Funded research projects 2019-2020

$2.5 million
5-year average annual research funding received

New proposals submitted for funding 2019-2020

“If we can have a better understanding of the real symptom experiences [of young cancer patients], then we can provide families what they need to know to make decisions about treatment.”

Kitty Montgomery, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CPHON, Assistant Professor, UW–Madison School of Nursing

Grants & Recognition

Research & Researcher News

  • Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi Recognized with Rising Star Award in Health Services and Aging Research

    The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research, recognized the outstanding contributions of Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, RN, with the 2021 Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award in  Health Services and Aging Research.

  • We’re Speaking

    The pressures of the pandemic, which made nurses more visible than ever, are expected to make burnout worse. Nurses in the field and scholars in the School of Nursing are pushing for policy reforms, researching the root causes and effects of the critical issues facing the profession, and implementing new evidence-based tools to improve working conditions and patient outcomes.

  • Nicole Thomas

    Looking at Health Through a Different Lens

    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.

  • UW Launches Innovative Center for Health Disparities Research

    A new center at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health seeks to examine how a person’s environment and social conditions impact their health down to the molecular level. The leadership team, all women, includes School of Nursing Asst. Professor, Andrea Gilmore- Bykovskyi, PhD, RN.

  • Maintaining Connections

    The pandemic has multiplied the challenges for long-term care. The research of Tonya Roberts, PhD, RN, Asst. Professor, School of Nursing, sheds light on those challenges and strategies that long-term care staff have employed to combat social isolation.

  • More Stories About Research & Innovation

“I have witnessed firsthand in my clinical practice the impact of mental health disparities on minority communities. I believe my life purpose is to help people understand, appreciate, and engage in their healthiest life, physically and mentally.”

Earlise Ward, PhD, Professor, UW–Madison School of Nursing and Faculty Director, Morgridge Center for Public Service