The UW-Madison School of Nursing encourages and supports students to pursue their interests and form social networks. The purpose of these student groups is to give students the opportunity to enhance their experiences related to professional development, social circles, political action, community service, and academic achievement, as well as foster connections between faculty, staff, and students. Students who wish to start a group not currently in existence are encouraged to do so. Listed below are various groups students can join throughout their nursing education and beyond.
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Student Nurse Associations
Nursing Alumni Association (NAO)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Nurses’ Alumni Organization represents all graduates of the UW-Madison School of Nursing, as well as current and emeritus faculty.
Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA)
This association is the official voice of professional nurses in Wisconsin.
Graduate Programs Committee
The Graduate Programs Committee (GPC) is a standing committee composed of 6 elected faculty members and various ex officio members responsible for curriculum oversight of the DNP and PhD programs. A PhD student is invited to serve as a student representative on the GPC for one year. It is a great opportunity for a student to have a voice in his/her own educational experience and to share information with peers. This committee is very important in developing and evaluating the graduate curriculum, a place to voice concerns about processes, and generally learn more about the functioning of a graduate program and the governance structure in an academic institution.
Equity & Diversity Committee
The purpose of the committee is to actualize the School’s commitment to diversity by fostering an inclusive environment within the school that values and supports equity and diversity. This committee is composed of two tenured/tenure track faculty members, two instructional academic staff, two non-instructional academic staff, a classified staff member, one undergraduate student and one graduate student. This committee plays an important role in policy review and recommendations for issues related to faculty, staff, and student recruitment, and fostering an inclusive climate in the School of Nursing. Please contact the Chair for more information and how to become involved.