When Brooke Anderson ’00 joined the military, she dreamed of an exciting career and a chance to travel around Europe. Instead, she was met with a national crisis and deployed to a warzone in the Middle East.
As the School prepares for its centennial celebration in 2024, we want to highlight the many ways Badger nurses have served in the military ranks or been involved with veteran’s affairs.
Joining the Army Nurse Corps started as a means to an end for Mary Jane Esser, but it quickly became one of the most invaluable and memorable experiences of her life.
The opioid epidemic continues to claim lives, disrupt families and challenge communities, but nurses are hardly standing idly by. In many settings, they are creating solutions, implementing new programs, and driving change for nurses, patients, health systems and communities.
After juggling nursing school and ROTC training for four years, UW–Madison senior Delora Prange will become one of the youngest members of the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps this summer. “The School of Nursing has been so amazing in helping me accomplish my goals,” she says.
Signe Skott Cooper devoted more than 60 years to nursing education at UW–Madison and within the UW System. Her wartime service shaped her life, personally and professionally.