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Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Dean and Professor



Dear prospective and current students, parents, faculty, donors, alumni and community partners–  

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing! On July 15, 2016, I officially became the eighth dean of the school, succeeding Dean Katharyn A. May, PhD, RN, FAAN. I am grateful to Dr. May for her extraordinary vision and leadership, which have aptly positioned the School of Nursing for growth and global impact for many years to come. It is both an honor and privilege to serve this distinguished school, build on its 92-year legacy, and chart a shared vision for the future. Over the coming weeks and months, I look forward to connecting with you to learn more about what we are doing well and where we can improve.

I am a true Midwesterner–personally, academically and professionally. I was born in Michigan, where I received my formal undergraduate and graduate education, and started my academic career at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I then moved to Illinois, serving at the University of Illinois at Chicago as the College of Nursing’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, with additional responsibilities as the Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Studies, and Urban Health.  Now I am a newfound Badger fan!

I come to the UW–Madison School of Nursing with both experience and passion for administration, leadership, research and practice. As a registered nurse for more than 30 years, I have provided care to seriously ill children and their families, engaged in administrative leadership in hospitals and academic settings, and developed a research program involving nurse fatigue and patient safety. I am particularly excited that my collaborative research has influenced the direction of health policy that will improve patient care provided by their healthcare providers. I am also committed to having a diverse nurse workforce that mirrors the diversity of the patients that are in our care.

Whether you are considering nursing as a career, advancing your education in practice or research, or exploring employment with us, the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing is a great place to be. Signe Skott Cooper Hall, home to the School of Nursing since 2014, offers high-fidelity simulation labs from the intensive care unit to home, 25 research suites, one of the largest active learning classroom complexes in the country, exercise spaces and an accessible auditorium. Within an expansive health sciences campus, Cooper Hall showcases the power, impact and future of nursing. The University of Wisconsin flagship campus and the city of Madison offer an unparalleled combination of education and experience– rigorous academics to stretch your mind and natural beauty to touch your soul.

At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, nurses lead to the future of health and health care–for Wisconsin and the world. We collaborate with campus and community research and practice partners to integrate evidence-base practice and we prepare health professions students for team-delivered care. We care for and about the diverse populations we serve by facilitating and improving nursing education across practice settings. We research new and better ways to deliver health care, improve health and outcomes. We innovate–in our curriculum, in our learning spaces, in our practice, in our research and in our programs.  All because of our commitment to doing our work well and for the right reasons.

Watch for updates about our goals to expand research in critical areas, expand programs to educate more nurses for the future of care, and partnerships to improve health outcomes through innovation.
This is an exciting time at the School of Nursing and I look forward to the journey. Thank you for being with us along the way.

Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Dean, UW–Madison School of Nursing
On Wisconsin!

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