Nurses Alumni Organization (NAO) 

Two School of Nursing alumnae (photo taken by Todd Brown/Media Solutions)Alumni use their collective skills and influence to shape nursing education and the provision of health care locally, regionally, and globally. The University of Wisconsin–Madison Nurses Alumni Organization (NAO) was founded in 1927, shortly after the first class graduated from the School of Nursing.

 The NAO provides the link between the UW–Madison School of Nursing and its alumni; whether they have earned a certificate, a bachelor’s degree, or an advanced degree in nursing. Current and emeriti faculty are also members of the organization.

The purpose of NAO is to promote fellowship and recognition among the alumni of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing; cooperate with the School in advancing its programs; aid the school in furthering high standards of professional nursing education and practice; and assist students in various ways, including, but not limited to, scholarships and awards recognizing academic achievement and/or financial need. (Read "Building Lasting Connections" for more about the NAO's mission and future plans.)

Distinguished Alumni Profiles

Distinguished Alumni Profile: Joy Calkin

Distinguished Alumni Profile: Joanne Disch

Distinguished Alumni Profile: Barbara Gruendemann

Distinguished Alumni Profile: Diane Kjervik

Distinguished Alumni Profile: Karen Pridham


Stories about Our Alumni

A $5 Million Gift for the Ages

A Different Shade of Nursing Leader

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness       

Keeping Kids Heart Healthy 

The Ultimate Nursing Practice Award

Contact the NAO

Nurses' Alumni Organization
University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing
600 Highland Avenue
CSC Box 2455
Madison, WI 53792-2455

Telephone: (608) 263-5198