Lieutenant Colonel David Murray_ BS91_ MS97_ chief nurse at the by fdh56iuoui


									Lieutenant Colonel David Murray, BS’91, MS’97, chief nurse at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram, Afghanistan, in
2007, shares a happy moment with a young burn victim who has just received a Big Bird stuffed toy from staff at the William
S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. On June 7, 2008, Murray shared his military nursing experiences with
attendees of “A Historical Tea,” a benefit for the UW-Madison School of Nursing’s new Nursing Science Center.
                                                                                                                        photo by Del Brown
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President’s Message
Happy to Report on Alumni Weekend's Success
By Susan Brown, BS’70, MS’73, PhD’84                                                      should be in place by the      concerts, Homecoming
NAO President
                                                                                          fall of 2009 or 2010,          events—and, among
                                                                                          depending on needed            endeavors, to write articles
                                                                                          approvals.                     for the newsletter and to
Dear Fellow Alums:                                                                          Among the participants at    help plan and support edu-
                                                                                          Alumni Weekend 2008 was        cational activities. We also
I hope that all of you are                                                                NAO board member and           continue to offer student
enjoying your summer. Here                                                                faculty emerita Signe Skott    scholarships and to support
in Madison, we have had a                                                                 Cooper, who signed and dis-    many Student Nurses’
long and difficult winter                                                                 tributed copies of her book,   Association activities.
with lots of snow and cold                                                                The Life of a Living Legend:     We are always looking for

                                                                     photo by Del Brown
temperatures. In fact,                                                                    A 20th Century Nursing         new projects and activities
Madison broke its annual                                                                  Odyssey. She offers an auto-   that stir interest for alums
snowfall record with an                                                                   biographical account of how    across the country. We con-
accumulation of over 100                      Susan Brown
                                                                                          her nursing career devel-      tinually watch for alums
inches this past winter.                                                                  oped. Signe also describes     who want to become NAO
Now, we are enjoying the               ue to be very involved in                          the school’s advancement       Board members. Please call
beautiful green foliage of             community activities and                           under the leadership of the    or send an e-mail to inform
summer. I hope that many               current nursing events.                            many deans and directors       me about your interests.
of you were able to appreci-            It was also gratifying to                         whom she personally knew.        Finally, I am hoping to see
ate the lilacs in full bloom           hear the questions, com-                           Thank you, Signe, for all      many of you at
and so fragrant in the                 ments, and perceptions gen-                        your contributions to nurs-    Homecoming 2008, when
University of Wisconsin                erated from the Doctor of                          ing.                           the Badgers will defeat (I
Arboretum.                             Nursing Practice (DNP)                               The NAO board continues      hope!) Illinois on October
  I am happy to report that            presentation given by alum-                        to be highly productive. We    25. Until then, On
Alumni Weekend 2008 was                na Beth Strauss, MS’99.                            meet on a monthly basis to     Wisconsin!
a huge success with nursing            Dean Katharyn May report-                          plan activities—Alumni
alums returning to Madison             ed that the DNP program                            Weekend, Career Day, band
from all over the nation to
be with fellow classmates
and faculty. In this issue of                       Nurses' Alumni Organization Officers
the NAO Newsletter, you
will read about Alumni
Weekend activities and                  President                                                        Registered Agent
enjoy numerous related                  Susan Brown, BS’70, MS’73, PhD’84                                Patricia Lasky, MS’68, PhD’80
                                                                                                         Alumni Activities
  This year, it was my pleas-           Vice President
                                                                                                         Robin Bettinger, BS’07
ure to meet Viola Wochos,               Joan Johnston, BS’63, MS’68
Cert.’33, who came from                                                                                  Sandra Galles, BS’02
Arizona. In addition to cele-                                                                            Jody Pankow, BS’07
                                        Recording Secretary
brating her seventy-fifth
year as a School of Nursing
                                        Mary Kausch, BS’57                                               Scholarship Committee
alumna, Viola celebrated her                                                                             Judy Aubey, BS’65, MS’93
ninety-fourth birthday on               Treasurer                                                        Pat Bennett, BS’63, MS’83
Alumni Day.                             Marsha Rather, BS’71, MS’83, PhD’90
                                                                                                         Managing Editor
  The Class of 1958 cele-
brated their fiftieth reunion.                                                                           Eric Bauman, BS’94, MS’04, PhD’07
                                        Nominating Committee
There was a great sense of              Lori Anderson, BS’79, MS’01, PhD’06                              Editions Editor
connection among this
                                                                                                         Kathleen Corbett Freimuth
nursing class, and all contin-
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    Nurses Always Needed in the Military
   By Ann Grauvogl
   (Reprinted with permission from the
   UW Foundation)

   When we were under fire, [nurses]
   were often right there with us, often
   suffering the same wounds and “fears
   of the unknown” that we did. ... They
   are the future of their profession—a
   most glorious profession. Their story is
   our nation’s story.
                             Daniel Inouye
                             WWII veteran
                  Preface, No Time for Fear

                     e identify heroes in
                     many ways. By their
                     bravery in facing an
                     enemy. By their dedica-
   tion to making the world a better
   place. By their commitment to mak-
   ing a difference.
     Nurses who join the military—who
   stand ready to be immersed in war
   and its human devastation—have
   always been quiet heroes who bind           In a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, Commander Lisa Kromanaker, BS’90, attends
   horrific wounds, comfort the wound-         to an injured marine (center), who is visited by the corpsman who saved him.
   ed who may never be whole again, and
   help soldiers believe they will survive     bomber.                                        department.” During the Civil War, hos-
   to live full lives. The headlines go to       Military nursing finds its roots with        pital nurses were, mostly, limited to
   the troops in battle; without nurses,       Florence Nightingale, who revolutionized       preparing diets, distributing supplies from
   thousands of those men and women            war nursing and even nursing education         volunteer groups, and housekeeping.
   would never have lived to tell their        during the Crimean War 150 years ago.            Women—nursing was restricted to
   stories.                                    “No man, not even a doctor, ever gives         women, then—volunteered again for the
     The University of Wisconsin-              any other definition of what a nurse           Spanish-American War. They were only
   Madison School of Nursing was born          should be than this—‘devoted and obedi- allowed to serve when the Army Medical
   in the aftermath of World War I, and        ent,’” she said in 1859.                                      Department couldn’t quickly
   UW-educated nurses have served in           “This definition would do                                     enlist the 6,000-plus experi-
   the military, overseas, and at home,        just as well for a porter. It     “Never before               enced men to perform
   almost since it opened in 1924.             might even do for a horse. It had I worked                    patient care.
   Katherine Baltzer Roth, Cert.’40,           would not do for a police-                                      Finally, in 1901, Congress
   landed in Italy in 1944 to find injuries    man.” Nor, obviously, would so hard or felt                   established a permanent
                                               it do for a nurse.
   so bad that the soldiers couldn’t be
                                                 Military nurses were for-
                                                                                 the work more Nurse Corps, although
                                                                                                             Surgeon General George
   moved to rear hospitals, so they were
   operated on while still on litters. She     mally invited to the              satisfying.”                Sternberg groused that he
   received the Bronze Star after remain-      Revolutionary War in 1775,                                    would need to provide
   ing on duty in an operating tent as         when Commander-in-Chief                                       bureaus and rocking chairs
                                               George Washington asked           –Signe Skott Cooper         for women in the field. The
   bombs dropped and flak flew during                                             Cert.’43, BS’48
   an enemy attack. Sixty years later,         for, and the Second                                           Spanish-American War nurs-
   Christopher Justice, BS’99, MS’03,          Continental Congress                                          es changed his mind when
   was deployed to Iraq to tend shrapnel       authorized, one nurse for every ten            medical officers with whom nurses had
   injuries, gun shot wounds, perforated       patients, one matron for every ten nurses      served testified to “their intelligence and
   tympanic membranes, burns, and the          to “take care that the provisions are prop- skill, their earnestness, devotion, and self-
   devastation caused by improvised            erly prepared, that the wards, beds, and       sacrifice.” The Army Nurse Corps was
   explosive devices. He received a Purple     utensils be kept in neat order, and that
                                               the most economy be observed in her                      *continued on page 4
   Heart after being injured by a suicide
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          *continued from page 3
born in 1901; the Navy Nurse Corps in
1908; the Air Force Nurse Corps in 1969.
Men were accepted into Army and Air
Force nursing ranks in 1955 and the Navy’s
in 1965.
  In World War I, 10,000 of the 21,480
enlisted Army nurses served overseas; 1,476
Navy nurses served; 400 military nurses
died. In World War II, 60,000 nurses
served in the Army and 14,000 in the
Navy; 124,065 cadet nurses trained to fill a
critical nursing shortage.
  Signe Skott Cooper, Cert.’43, BS’48, was
in nursing school when Pearl Harbor was
bombed. “You felt like you really wanted to
make your contribution,” she says. Two
years later, Cooper joined the Army Nurse                                    Kathryn Cacic, MS’04
Corps. In August 1944, she took her first
airplane ride en route to India, where    Nurse Nancy Warne Mulder, Cert.’50,              them to give up their weapons,” Oakley
troops carved the Ledo Road out of moun-  joined the Army Nurse Corps during that          says, because the wounded didn’t under-
tains and jungle and returned home with   conflict, serving in Texas, Germany, and         stand they were in a hospital and safe.
tsutsugamushi fever (scrub typhus), a com-Oklahoma. “Army nurses provide empathy             Navy Commander Lisa Kromanaker,
municable disease that Cooper’s nursing   and understanding of what the troops go          BS’90, is currently stationed in Landstuhl,
                                          through in the horrors of war,” she writes.
instructor predicted no one would ever see.                                                Germany, caring for wounded warriors
  “We averaged a death per day while I was“Their expertise goes beyond excellent clini-    returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
working there,” Cooper says. “The patientscal and management skills. They sit and lis-     “Unfortunately, [hospital] census has sky-
were acutely ill, and caring for them tookten to the soldier tell of his experiences and   rocketed in the past five years due to the
                                          how much he misses his girlfriend and fam-
all our nursing skills. Patients were given                                                wars,” she writes.
PABA (paraminobenzoic acid), now used in  ily back home.”                                    Like all nurses in all wars, Kromanaker lis-
sunscreens. Many required oxygen, given by  During the Vietnam War, 7,000 women            tens to soldiers’ horrific stories. “Here is
mask, and moving the heavy tanks around   served in the military, most as nurses.          something I have never seen and can’t ever
was a nuisance to someone accustomed to   Retired Army Colonel Diane Butke, BS’61,         imagine occurring in a civilian hospital,”
oxygen piped into patients’ rooms. Never  served in the Seventy-first Evac Hospital in     Kromanaker writes. “I walked past a room
before had I worked so hard or felt the   the central highlands of Vietnam. Butke          and there lies a warrior ... with his leg all
work more satisfying.”                    worked twelve hours a day, six days a week,      bandaged and elevated, and here he is
  More than 540 nurses served on the      and often on her days off. “We had what          cranking out abdominal crunches in rapid
Korean peninsula during the Korean War.   we needed [for care] and did well with it,”      succession.”
                                                          she says. “When we didn’t,         The television show M*A*S*H* captured
                                                          we improvised and did well       every personality and distinction in military
                                                          with that too. You become a      medicine, Oakley says. As far as nurses go,
                                                          person the wounded warrior       she explains, “a nurse is a nurse is a nurse.
                                                          clings to,” Butke says.          You do the best with what you’ve got.
                                                            Linda Denise Oakley, pro-      That’s what we did.”
                                                          fessor and nurse researcher at     The main difference between combat and
                                                          the UW-Madison School of         civilian nursing, Oakley adds, is the need to
                                                          Nursing, was deployed in         perform twice as good as you think you can
                                                          1991 to Frankfurt, Germany,      under circumstances that are twice as diffi-
                                                          as Desert Shield turned into     cult.
                                                          Desert Storm. At that time,      _________________
                                                          her role was orthopedic          Sources: No Time for Fear: Voices of
                                                          charge nurse. The 900 per-       American Military Nurses in World War II,
                                                          sonnel from Wisconsin set        The Army Nurse: US Army Nurse Corps,
                                                          up a mobile hospital that        Highlights in the History of the Army Nurse
                                                          was the first stop for wound-    Corps, Quiet Heroes: Navy Nurses of the
                                                          ed coming out of battle.         Korean War 1950-1953, “They Remember
                                                          Soldiers arrived in the mid-     Pearl Harbor ...” by Signe Cooper. Also,
                                                          dle of the night. “The first     consulted; www. wom-
Lieutenant Colonel Pat Mehring, BS’71 (now retired)       thing you had to do was get
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Disch Named One of
UW’s Distinguished Alumni
By Signe Skott Cooper, Cert.’43, BS’48          Pennsylvania in Philadelphia before becom-
Professor Emerita                               ing a faculty member at the University of
                                                Minnesota in 1991.
                                                  A nationally recognized nursing leader,

       oanne Disch, BS’68, PhD, FAAN,           Disch is a fellow in the American Academy
       was among seven University of            of Nursing, currently serving on its board.
       Wisconsin-Madison graduates to           In 2007, she received its Presidential Award
       receive the 2008 Distinguished           in recognition of her co-creation of the
Alumni Award from the Wisconsin Alumni          “Raise the Voice” campaign. She recently
Association (WAA) at its ceremony on May        completed a term as chair of the national
8. The recipients were recognized for their     board of directors for AARP.
inspired visions and innovative actions that      Disch served as president of the American
exemplify the Wisconsin Idea.                   Association of Critical Care Nurses and was
  Disch is the Katherine R. and C. Walton       the recipient of its Pioneering Spirit Award.
Lillehei Chair in Nursing at the University     She serves on the board of directors for the
of Minnesota School of Nursing, where she       National Center for Healthcare Leadership.
directs the Katharine J. Densford               She chaired the ANA’s Committee on
International Center for Nursing                Nursing Practice Standards and Guidelines
Leadership. She received a master’s degree      and is currently a member of the UW-
from the University of Alabama at               Madison School of Nursing Board of
Birmingham and a doctorate from the             Visitors.
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She          Only one other nursing alumnus has
began her nursing career as a staff nurse in    received the WAA’s distinguished award.                         Joanne Disch
the cardiovascular surgical unit at the         The late Helen Bunge, Cert.’30, who served
University of Wisconsin Hospital and            as dean of the School of Nursing from 1959      leader, Bunge published extensively on
Clinics. Later, she taught at Rush University   to 1969, was bestowed the honor in 1969.        issues relating to critical care, nursing prac-
in Chicago and at the University of             Recognized internationally as a nursing         tice standards, managed care, and leadership.

In Memoriam
  Barbara Clemence, who held an associate       Minnesota and served as the director of         cialized in
dean position at the UW-Madison School          nursing at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids,       drug and
of Nursing in the 1980s, died on April 12,      Minnesota.                                      alcohol addic-
2007, in Kimberly City, Missouri. She was                                                       tion and
seventy-nine.                                     Elizabeth Mae Cutsforth Meilahn,              rehabilitation.
                                                Cert.’39, died on May 4, 2008, in               Her most
  Marion Smith Ellickson, Cert.’55,             McFarland, Wisconsin. A native of Chetek,       memorable
BS’57, died on December 10, 2007. She           Wisconsin, she practiced nursing in the         nursing expe-
resided in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, for most      Badger State and several other states from      rience was
of her career where she was nursing supervi-    1939 to 2002. She was a licensed RN in          delivering a
sor at the Clairemont Nursing and               Wisconsin, California, Illinois, Minnesota,     Christmas
Rehabilitation Center. She retired from         and Texas.                                      Eve baby at
nursing in 1984. Her interests included vol-      She enjoyed reminiscing about her early       St. Joseph’s
unteering for Meals on Wheels and political     days of nursing, commenting about the           Hospital in Elizabeth Mae Cutsforth Meilahn
causes, playing bridge, attending the the-      brown uniforms with white aprons, heavily       Rice Lake—in
ater, and traveling.                            starched collars with resulting sore necks,     an elevator stuck between floors.
                                                starched nursing caps, cuffs that shot up         For over twenty years, she served as the
  Patricia Hawkins, BS’72, died on March        over the elbow, and brown capes with            city health officer in Chetek and a member
16, 2008, after a long and courageous battle    turquoise silk lining.                          of the Waunakee-Area Education Advisory
with cancer. Upon graduating from the             Meilahn specialized in obstetrics and com-    Council. She also was a lifetime member
UW-Madison, she earned a master’s degree        munity health. Later, working until age         and past matron of the Order of the
in nursing from the University of               eighty as an RN in McAllen, Texas, she spe-                *continued on page 7
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Alumni News
  In May of 2008, Dale Austin, BS’77,
MS, became chief operating officer of
the American Humane Association. He
joined the association in 1995 and later
served as interim chief executive officer
for one year. Headquartered in Denver,
the nonprofit organization is the only
national organization dedicated to pro-
tecting both children and animals.

  In January of 2008, Eric Bauman,
BS’94, MS’04, PhD’07, presented a
workshop titled “Developing a
Simulation-based Resuscitation
Curriculum” at the 2008 Human
Patient Simulation Network Conference
in Tampa, Florida, sponsored by
Medical Education Technologies. The          (Left to right): Wen-Ta Chiu, vice-president of Taipai Medical University; Tommy
following May, he presented “High-           Thompson, national policy advisor to U.S. Preventive Medicine; Chun-Yi Hsu, presi-
Fidelity Simulation: Reflective and          dent of Taipei Medical University; and Chia-Chin Lin.
Situated Learning” at the 2008 Annual
Teaching and Learning Symposium on           care nursing experience while working          Chia-Chin Lin, PhD’95, is a profes-
the University of Wisconsin-Madison          at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in       sor of nursing and chief of staff at
campus.                                      Minneapolis, Minnesota.                      Taipei Medical University in Taiwan.
                                                                                          On March 30, 2008, Tommy
  Mary Behrens, BS’64, MSN, received           A story about Susan Gold, BS’91,           Thompson, former Wisconsin governor
the Barbara Thoman Curtis Award at           nurse clinician at the American Family       and seventh U.S. secretary of health
the American Nurses’ Association meet-       Children’s Hospital, appeared on the         and human services, delivered a special
ing of the House of Delegates in June        front page of the Wisconsin State            lecture on health and diplomacy as the
of 2008. The award honors significant        Journal (December 23, 2007). After           invited guest of the minister of health
contributions to nursing practice and        spending time in 2003 at the                 in Taiwan. Lin served as the event’s
health policy through political and leg-     Nyumbani Children’s Home near                master of ceremony.
islative activity. Behrens has served as     Nairobi, Kenya, she returned to the
mayor of Casper, Wyoming, Natrona            orphanage in January of 2007. While           Molly Meyer, BS’71, clinical assistant
County commissioner, and Natrona             there for nearly one year, Gold intro-       professor of nursing at Yale University
County state representative. Testifying      duced an adolescent-HIV education            and nurse practitioner at University
at state, national, and international ven-   project funded by the national               Health Services, was honored in the
ues on nursing and health care issues,       Fulbright Scholarship Committee and          2008 Yale Golf Classic held in June in
she has lobbied extensively for seat belt    focused on preparing Kenyan nurses to        New Haven, Connecticut. As honoree,
safety, clean water, energy use, the         take over the program in 2009. In            she was recognized for her loyalty to
“Handle with Care” campaign, FIT             Kenya, there are over 150,000 HIV-           Yale’s student athletes and her efforts in
testing, and mandatory overtime.             positive children.                           helping them achieve their goals.

  Jenese Modschine Busch, Cert’53,             Cure (Spring 2007 issue), a quarterly
authored My Father’s Daughter (2007,         magazine focusing on cancer and treat-
Airleaf Publishing), a synopsis on the       ment, highlighted the research of Susan
life of her father. She currently lives in   Heidrich, PhD’89, professor of nurs-
Barrington, Illinois.                        ing, in an article titled "The Emotional
                                             Toll." Heidrich’s research centers on the
 Kelly Evans, BS’04, former president        testing of patient-centered interventions
of the Student Nurses’ Association, has      to assist older breast cancer survivors in
been accepted into the Minneapolis           managing their symptoms.
School of Anesthesia. She gained critical
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Alumni Weekend 2008
Alumni Weekend                                                                                            her pin to Katherine Hoverson.
                                                                                                          Doris Oaks McKee, Cert.’45, of
                                                                                                          Colorado Spring, Colorado,
2008: Well                                                                                                donated her pin to Amy Nelson.
                                                                                                          Doris Burg Gunness, Cert.’43,
Remembered                                                                                                BS’44, of Janesville, Wisconsin,
                                                                                                          donated her pin to Ashley
                                                                                                          Daniels. Dean Katharyn May
                                                                                                          presented the pin of Ann Dregne
By Joan Johnston, BS’63, MS’68                                                                            Bolton, Cert.’33, who died in
NAO Vice President                                                                                        1996, to Megan Frey from the
                                                                                                          School of Nursing’s Western

        lumni Weekend 2008 kicked off                                                                     Campus.

                                                                                                        photo by Del Brown
        with a Friday night reception held at                                                               Mutsumi Michael Ishii, MD,
        the Fluno Center for alumni, faculty,                                                             gave an informational presenta-
and students. On Saturday morning, NAO                                                                    tion on the urgency to treat the
President Susan Brown, PhD’84, RN,                                                                        onset of depression in order to
offered alumni a zesty welcome accompa-         2008 graduate Robin Bettinger (left) celebrates           achieve optimal outcomes.
nied by music from 1958. The songs paid         Alumni Day with Joan Johnston (center) and NAO            Following his presentation,
tribute to the Class of 1958, which cele-       President Susan Brown.                                    lunch was served in the Fluno
brated its fiftieth reunion on this weekend.                                                              Center’s Executive Dining
She also greeted the 2008 nursing graduates     and have given generously to the building
                                                                                             Room. In the afternoon, alumni were
and those alumni who had previously cele-       fund. Their names will be listed on a plaque
                                                                                             invited to tour the Health Sciences
brated their fiftieth reunions.                 to be hung on the fourth floor of the new
                                                                                             Learning Center, the new American Family
  Dean Katharyn May offered Alumni              building, next to the Signe Skott Cooper
                                                                                             Children’s Hospital, and the School of
Weekend attendees some interesting facts        and Hilda Skott Historical Suite.
                                                                                             Nursing’s historical collection. That
about the School of Nursing: There are 256        Beth Strauss, MS’99, currently a doctoral
                                                                                             evening, many alumni attended a dinner
undergraduate students* enrolled at the         student in the DNP program at Case
                                                                                             with their respective classes at the
UW-Madison campus while the School of           Western Reserve University in Cleveland,
                                                                                             Edgewater Hotel.
Nursing’s Western Campus in La Crosse has       Ohio, enlightened attendees on the role of
                                                                                               Once again, Alumni Weekend, hosted by
48 students. She also spoke briefly about       this practice doctorate. The DNP is sched-
                                                                                             the School of Nursing and the Nurses’
the School of Nursing’s preparation to offer    uled to replace the MS degree in 2015. It
                                                                                             Alumni Organization, was well planned,
the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP),           will focus on providing advanced nursing
                                                                                             well executed, and well attended … and
beginning the fall of 2009 or 2010, and the     practice and leadership to strengthen prac-
                                                                                             well remembered by participants for its
progress of the school’s building campaign.     tice and health care delivery.
                                                                                             unique blend of activities and camaraderie.
  Coleen Southwell, director of develop-          Signe Skott Cooper, Cert.’43, BS’48, pro-
ment for the School of Nursing, presented       fessor emerita of nursing, presented donated _____________________
“The Power of Nursing” (found online at         alumni pins to four students in the 2008     *This number does not include pre-nursing, which is a        graduating class. Barbara Fagerlie Higgins,  students or those RNs who are completing
case for support for the new Nursing            BS’55, from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, pre-    their BS degrees.
Science Center. She spoke about the legacy      sented her pin to Nichole Miller. Carol
of the “1402 Club”—those nursing alum-          Hofheinz Arvay, BS’60, MS, retired from
nae who lived in the Nurses’ Dormitory          nursing and living in California, donated

In Memoriam
         *continued from page 5                 the UW-Madison Nurses’ Alumni                      Ruth Redmann, MA, who served on the
Eastern Star. Upon relocating to Waunakee       Organization Scholarship Fund in hopes of        pediatric nursing faculty at the UW-
in 1997, she became an active member of         continuing her legacy of inspiration and of      Madison School of Nursing in the 1960s,
the First Presbyterian Church of Waunakee       helping others aspire to a career in nursing.    died on April 21, 2008, at the age of
and the Advisory Council for Elder Care of                   (Submitted by son Jim Meilahn)      eighty-one. She graduated from the
Wisconsin.                                                                                       Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago,
  As a committed member of the health care        Doris Howland Nary, Cert.’46, BS’49,           her native city. She later resided in
profession, she donated her body to the         died on March 21, 2007, in Aurora,               Fallbrook, California.
Mayo Clinic Department of Anatomy. Her          Illinois. She spent her professional career as
family requested that memorials be sent to      a teacher of nursing.
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                                                                                                 photos by Del Brown
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Alumni Weekend 2008

                                                                                                                                           photo by Del Brown
 Class of 1953 (from left): Mary Jean Bailey Lange, Dorothy Dawson Maack, Mary Engler
 Reppen, Marilyn "Babe" Hall Madsen, Mary Anderson Burns, Jean Wallenfeldt Wallberg,                  Donna Stauber (left) and
 Jacqueline Hinke Leipold, Lorraine Toepfer Craig, and Beverly Woolhiser Steinhoff.                   Laura Taff (both not present
                                                                                                      for group photo).

 Class of ’53—Together Again
 By Beverly Steinhoff, Cert.’53                                        BS’68, PhD, FAAN, had been chosen as one of seven recipients
                                                                       to receive the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s 2008

         lumni Weekend 2008—May 9 and 10—provided its own              Distinguished Alumni Award deserved special celebration.
         unique set of events and memories for the UW-Madison            On Alumni Day, held at the Fluno Center, attendees were
         School of Nursing Class of 1953.                              enlightened on numerous nursing-related topics. We heard about
   Marilyn “Babe” Hall Madsen, our dear friend and classmate           the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Beth Strauss,
 who has lived in Norway for about forty-seven years, traveled         MS’99, clinical assistant professor at the UW-Madison School of
 back to Madison for our fifty-fifth class reunion. Babe received      Nursing, who is currently in the DNP program at Case Western
 orchids during the Alumni Day program recognizing her for trav-       Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. We also learned about the
 eling the farthest to attend the weekend’s events. She wore or car-   symbolism incorporated in our beloved UW-Madison School of
 ried them with her the entire weekend until it was time to board      Nursing pin (see page 12).
 the bus for O’Hare Airport in Chicago on Sunday afternoon. At           That evening, the Class of 1953 dined at the Edgewater, where
 that time, she parted with them in order to manage her backpack       we talked long into the evening with our life-long friends. Our
 and purse, as well as her suitcase, which was weighted down with      group had the pleasure of meeting Viola Wochos, Cert.’34, from
 a Nurses’ Dormitory souvenir brick.                                   Tempe, Arizona, who was celebrating her ninety-fourth birthday.
   This year’s Alumni Weekend launched the “1402 Club,” which          Donna Stauber, Cert.’53, MSN, co-chairman of the Class of
 recognizes all alumni who have celebrated their fiftieth class        1953 Reunion Committee, presented a Certificate of Recognition
 reunions. They can join in 1402 Club celebrations whenever they       to Neal Steinhoff for his graphics/design work done over the
 return to Madison for Alumni Weekend.                                 years for Class of ’53 endeavors. He was made an honorary mem-
   Eleven members of the Class of 1953 were able to attend             ber of our class and given the UW-Madison School of Nursing
 Alumni Weekend 2008 to celebrate its fifty-fifth reunion. They        lapel pin.
 were Mary Anderson Burns, Lorraine Toepfer Craig, (Mary) Jean           Guests then enjoyed the DVD first shown at our class’s fiftieth
 Bailey Lange, Jacqueline Hinke Leipold, Dotti Dawson Maack,           reunion. This included many photos from our time as students as
 Marilyn (Babe) Hall Madsen, Mary Engler Reppen, Donna                 well as those taken by Ruth Lutze, Cert.’51, showing the demoli-
 Nelson Stauber, Beverly Woolhiser Steinhoff, Laura Stauffacher        tion of the Nurses’ Dormitory. The background music of UW
 Taff, and Jean Wallenfeldt Wallberg.                                  Badger song favorites set the ambiance, but the UW Marching
   All alumni attendees came together on Friday night for a recep-     Band’s rendition of “Varsity” brought on some tears.
 tion hosted by Dean Katharyn May. The news that Joanne Disch,
Summer 2008                                       Nurses’ Alumni Organization                                             Page 11

                                                                                                                                  photo by Del Brown
    Class of 1958 (from left): Judy Schultz Porter, Elaine Devine Rosandich, Shirley Imig Montgomery, Marilyn Werling
    Wiesner, Sally Morey Mielke, Dana Weeks Walker, Ruth Garens Mueller, June Radtke Radke, Mary Callahan Wanninger,
    Sharon Elliott Kiefer, Nada Besserdich Rupnow, Emily Custer Meter, Karen Thompson Zilavy, Doreen Winter Glaser,
    Catherine Eiche McDougal, Barbara Moilien Gruendemann, Diana Roberts Zeiger, and Mary Nott Sackett.

   50th Anniversary Class Shares Memorable Weekend
   By Karen Zilavy, BS’74                                       conversation and reminiscing. The presence of nine sup-
                                                                portive husbands added to the conviviality of the after-

             ighteen of the twenty-three members of the         noon.
             Class of 1958 returned to Madison for Alumni        The celebration continued with a dinner at the
             Weekend 2008. They traveled from Illinois,         Wisconsin Inn room at the Memorial Union. Here, the
             Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico,              class was greeted with a photo presentation featuring our
   Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin to rejoin         “glory days” at 1402 University Avenue, the Nurses’
   their classmates for this fiftieth class reunion weekend.    Dormitory. We were also very privileged to have Dean
     Friday evening, several classmates and their husbands      Katharyn May and NAO President Sue Brown stop by
   attended an all-alumni reception at the Fluno Center.        to congratulate us once again.
   Dean Katharyn May announced that the class had raised         This is a special class—at least the members think so!
   over $29,000 in gifts for the School of Nursing.             We are very proud of the fact that we have been circulat-
     Most of the ’58 classmates attended Alumni Day activi-     ing a “round robin” letter about class news and achieve-
   ties at the Fluno Center on Saturday morning. Following      ments for fifty years. I hope that it will continue for
   this event, the class met at the Zilavy home for more        many more.

                                           I would like to thank everyone who          weekend’s events, Neal Steinhoff, spouse
                                         worked so hard to make Alumni Weekend         of Bev Steinhoff, Cert.’53, made a won-
 Special Thanks                          2008 a success. Starting with the reception
                                         on Friday evening and ending with the
                                                                                       derful video about our student days and
                                                                                       the important people in them.
                                         Saturday night dinner at the Edgewater
 from Marilyn                            Hotel, the weekend was both well organ-
                                         ized and well executed.
                                                                                        Again, my thanks and appreciation,

 Madsen, Class                             It was worth the long trip from Oslo,
                                         Norway, to Madison to rekindle long-gone
                                         memories of the days in the Nurses’
                                                                                       Marilyn “Babe” Hall Madsen
                                                                                       Class of 1953
                                                                                       Markalleen 56
 of 1953                                 Dormitory. Visiting with old classmates
                                         from 1953 and seeing the changes in
                                                                                       1368 Stabekk
                                         Madison after all these years were high-      E-mail:
                                         lights of my trip. As a “finale” to the       Phone: 011-476-753-0327
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UW-Madison School of
Nursing Pin Presentations
Recipients                 Donors

Ashley Daniels             Doris Gunness, Cert.’43

Megan Frey                 Ann Bolton, Cert.’33

Katherine Hoverson         Carol Arvay, BS’60

Nichole M. Miller          Barbara Higgins, BS’55
                                                                   2008 nursing graduates Nichole Miller (left), Katherine Hoverson
Amy Nelson                 Doris McKee, Cert.’45                   (center), and Amy Nelson share a proud moment as School of
                                                                   Nursing pin recipients.

Significance of
School of Nursing Pin
(Excerpted from the NAO Newsletter, November 1966)

        he pin of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
        School of Nursing was planned in 1926. The design
        was selected by a committee of five: Miss Helen
Denne, director of the School of Nursing; Miss Lila
Fletcher, superintendent of nurses; Miss Christina Murray,
nursing instructor; Dr. Robin Buerki, hospital administra-         Pin donor Barbara Higgins (center) and her husband, Robert,
tor; and Dr. Evans, medical school staff.                          offer their congratulations to Nichole Miller, who received
  The UW-Madison School of Nursing pin is in the shape of          Barbara's nursing pin.
a cross pattee. It consists of the seal of the university super-
imposed on a maroon cross and a caduceus.                          pattee, is the round design of the seal of the university. This offi-
  Often mistakenly called a Maltese cross, the four-armed          cial seal, designed by John Lathrop, the first chancellor of the
cross pattee dates from the Middle Ages, when it was worn          university, was adopted by the UW Board of Regents on
by the Knights Hospitaller, a nursing order. (A true Maltese       February 11, 1854.
Cross has eight points, each of the four arms having an              According to Lathrop, the design depicted “the human eye
indentation.)                                                      upturned to receive the light falling upon it from above; the
  The broad wings of the cross pattee are symbolic of a bird       motto in illuminated letters above the eye, ‘Numen lumen’ (God
covering her young. This symbolizes the protection afforded        our light); the legend around the rim of the seal, ‘Universitatis
by those bearing the cross.                                        Wisconsin Sigillum.’” No records indicate the source of
  On the School of Nursing pin, the top arm of the cross           Chancellor Lathrop’s inspiration for the seal. In their History of
pattee is covered by the wings of the caduceus. The                the University of Wisconsin, Merle Curti and Vernon Carstenson
caduceus is represented as a staff surrounded by wings.            indicated that “the seal, sanctified by age and by usage, continues
According to Greek mythology, the staff was given to               to be the signet of the university despite its obscure symbolism
Mercury, messenger of the gods, by Apollo, god of the art of       and its unfamiliar motto of uncertain origin.”
healing. The wings of the caduceus represent the winged              The School of Nursing pin consists of three parts: the cross pat-
sandals of Mercury.                                                tee, representative of nursing; the caduceus, symbolic of medi-
  The caduceus has long been considered symbolic of heal-          cine; and the seal of the university, signifying the educational set-
ing, but it came to be associated with medicine when, in the       ting of the school. Those who wear the pin may not always be
sixteenth century, a Swiss printer placed it on the title page     aware of the individual symbolism of its component parts, but
of medical books.                                                  they know that the pin symbolizes a proud tradition of service.
  In the center of the pin, over the caduceus and the cross
Summer 2008                                            Nurses’ Alumni Organization                                         Page 13

Poi Garners Another Well-Deserved Honor
By Signe Skott Cooper, Cert.’43, BS’48                                                   also oversaw the planning for UHS to
Professor Emerita                                                                        move to a modern new clinic. As a
                                                                                         strong proponent for shared gover-

         athleen Henderson Poi, BS’66,                                                   nance, she served on various governance
         MS’76, was a University of                                                      groups and made special efforts to
         Wisconsin-Madison academic                                                      encourage student input.
staff member and respected nursing col-                                                    Poi was an active member of the
league of mine. Recently, she was cho-                                                   American Nurses’ Association and the
sen as one of the recipients of the 2008                                                 Wisconsin Nurses’ Association (WNA)
Academic Staff Excellence Awards.                                                        and served as WNA president from
These prestigious awards recognize                                                       1991 to 1993. She also served as presi-
achievements in leadership, public serv-                                                 dent of the Wisconsin College Health
ice, research, and teaching. Nine recipi-                                                Association, the Sigma Theta Tau
ents were recognized at a chancellor’s                                                   (STT) International Honor Society of
reception on April 24, 2008.                                                             Nursing, and STT’s Beta Eta Chapter.
  Poi, who recently retired from her                                                     In recognition of her outstanding con-
position as director of University                   Kathleen Henderson Poi              tributions to nursing, she has received a
Health Services (UHS), received the                                                      number of honors, including the
Ann Wallace Career Achievement               demic staff, and nursing.                   NAO’s Distinguished Alumnus Award
Award. It recognized her for having           Before her retirement, Poi spearheaded     (currently named Distinguished
spent nearly all of her forty-year career    UHS efforts to plan for outbreaks of        Achievement Award) in 1995.
advocating on behalf of students, aca-       widespread epidemics, such as flu. She

 Homecoming 2008
          Wisconsin vs. Illinois
          Saturday, October 25

        Tickets on sale August 18

 Brunch and game ticket -- $75.00 each
      Brunch only -- $25.00 each

                                                                                                                                    photo by Michael Forster Rothbart
           Brunch: 9:00 a.m.
           Kickoff: 11:00 a.m.

        (Times subject to change.)
  Limit of four packages per person.
 Purchaser must be an alum of the UW-
 Madison School of Nursing or a mem-            Signe Cooper (third from left) is accompanied by fellow nurses who
 ber of its faculty or staff.                   served in the U.S. military in past wars.

  Register by phone (608-263-5198) or          Historical Tea 2008 Honors Nurses in the Military
 online through the School of Nursing
 Web site. Credit card required for pur-         “A Historical Tea” was held on June 7, 2008, on the UW-Madison campus to
 chase. Please note: We do not guarantee       honor the proud history of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of
 the availability of tickets, nor do we        Nursing and the vital roles that nurses have played in the military as caregivers,
 hold tickets for later purchase. Also, we     researchers, and leaders. Approximately 150 nursing alumni and friends attended
 cannot issue refunds once tickets have        the benefit held in the Health Sciences Learning Center for the new Nursing
 been purchased.                               Science Center (NSC). More than $10,000 was raised for the NSC.
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                                                                                                                                                                photo by Gary Smith
                                            photo by Del Brown

   Spring Fever! UW Band Rocks Kohl Center
   By Marsha Rather, BS’71, MS’83, PhD’90                        songs from the musical, including            an incredible jazz-funk duet.
   NAO Treasurer                                                 “Maria,” “Tonight,” and “Somewhere.”           But what’s a UW Band concert with-
                                                                 Singers from Madison’s Four Seasons          out songs from the renowned Fifth

            n Friday, April 18, 2008, nurs-                      Theater Company provided vocal               Quarter? “Jump Around,” “Hey Baby”
            ing alumni and friends watched                       accompaniment.                               and “The Chicken Dance” brought
            from the Nicholas Suite of the                         As a tribute to more recent theater, the   Kohl Center patrons to their feet.
   Kohl Center as the University of                              band presented several exuberant tunes         Watching the UW Band from the
   Wisconsin Marching Band rocked the                            from Hairspray. Additionally, listeners      Nicholas Suite made the event even
   house with its famed annual Spring                            were treated to some Rolling Stones’         more spectacular. Continuous food
   Concert. Titled “There’s a Place for Us,”                     favorites and tunes from lesser-known        (buffet dinner) and drinks (cash bar),
   the concert marked the UW Band’s                              artists such as Randy Newman, remem-         ample time for conversation and recon-
   tenth season of performing at the Kohl                        bered for “Short People.”                    necting with friends, and a better driv-
   Center.                                                         Musicians Mark Pender and Nat              ing/parking experience (arrive early and
     Band members marched in from all                            McIntosh graced the stage as guest per-      leave late) enhanced the evening’s enter-
   corners of the arena, revving up the                          formers. Pender, who has played trum-        tainment. With your support, we hope
   crowd for the arrival of Professor                            pet for the past fourteen years on Late      to make this an annual NAO event.
   Michael Leckrone, the band’s director.                        Night with Conan O’Brien, has toured         (Please mark Friday, April 17, 2009,
   In grand style, the director descended                        with famous artists Bruce Springsteen,       on your calendar for next year’s spring
   from the rafters riding a giant wedge of                      Diana Ross, Bon Jovi, and Joe Cocker.        concert and watch the NAO Web site
   yellow cheese—better known to                                 McIntosh is an accomplished tuba play-       for registration details.)
   Wisconsinites as the “Cheesehead.”                            er who studied music at the University       ___________________
     The concert commemorated the fifti-                         of Wisconsin-Madison and is an               Official photos from the 2008 concert are post-
   eth anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s                        adjunct faculty member at the                ed on the UW Band’s Web site:
   West Side Story. Leckrone and company                         University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Each
   staged and played six unforgettable                           musician performed several solos, plus
Summer 2008                                                           Nurses’ Alumni Organization                                               Page 15

Student Activities                                                                                                CNE and NAO
2008 Madison Area Student Nurses’ Conference
                                                                                                                  Pilot a Scholarship
  On January 26, 2008, the UW-Madison School of Nursing hosted the second
annual Madison-Area Student Nurses’ Conference held at the Health Sciences
Learning Center on the UW-Madison campus. Titled “A World of Possibilities:                                       By Judy Aubey, BS’65, MS’93
Global Health and Nursing,” the conference attracted approximately 150 nursing

students from the UW-Madison, Edgewood, and Madison-Area Technical College                                               eginning in the fall of 2008,
campuses. Members of the conference’s planning committee thanked the NAO for                                             alumni will be able to access
contributing to its success.                                                                                             scholarship opportunities
                                                                                                                  specifically provided by the Nurses’
                                                                                                                  Alumni Organization (NAO) to
 March 3, 2008
                                                                                                                  attend selected Continuing
 Student Nurses’ Association                                                                                      Education in Nursing programs
 UW-Madison School of Nursing                                                                                     offered by the UW-Madison School
 600 Highland Avenue
 Madison, WI 53792-2455
                                                                                                                  of Nursing. The NAO voted unani-
                                                                                                                  mously on May 7, 2008, to support
 Sue Brown, President                                                                                             this educational project.
 Nurses' Alumni Organization                                                                                        “This is a pilot program intended
 600 Highland Avenue
 Madison, WI 53792-2455                                                                                           to provide funding for alumni to
                                                                                                                  attend ‘Terrific Tuesdays,’ and the
 Dear Sue:                                                                                                        annual Conference for Teachers of
 You will be pleased to know that the 2008 Madison Area Student Nurses’ Conference, "A World of                   Nursing Practice, both hosted by
 Possibilities: Global Health & Nursing," was a huge success. We had approximately 150 students in                Continuing Education in Nursing,”
 attendance. The conference featured Linda Baumann, professor at the UW-Madison School of Nursing, as             says Susan Brown, BS’70, MS’73,
 our keynote speaker; Muluslew Yayehyirad, an RN at St. Mary's MICU; and a panel of new graduate                  PhD’84, president of the NAO.
                                                                                                                  “We hope the project serves to make
 We also featured two local organic farmers, James and Rebecca Goodman, who spoke about the affects of            these CNE programs more available
 food on health. We offered almost twenty workshops in the areas of clinical skills, nursing specialties, and     to our alumni and to help us engage
 professional development. The students in attendance had many great things to say about the conference:
                                                                                                                  them in the many other events and
       "Eye opening—makes me want to get involved!"                                                               programs sponsored by the NAO.”
       "Interesting, especially what we as nurses can do to help without leaving our communities."                 The program will be available for
       "Very informative! Presented information I wouldn't normally get the opportunity to hear."                 one year—fall of 2008 through
       "Wonderful! Very inspirational!"
                                                                                                                  spring of 2009—but may be
 Thanks to your generous and thoughtful contributions, the second annual conference was a tremendous              extended for an additional year,
 success. We could not have offered this opportunity to the student nurses in the Madison area if you had         through the spring of 2010.
 not responded to our invitation to participate. We appreciate your support.                                      Interested alumni can locate more
 Sincerely,                                                                                                       information about the School of
                                                                                                                  Nursing’s Continuing Education in
 Ricky Belgado
 Thomas Berg                                                                                                      Nursing programs at
 Stephanie Blackman                                                                                     
 Chad Hess
 Ashley Kemnitz                                                                                                   ml or by calling 608-262-0049.
 Nichole Miller

                                                        Book:                                                    Donor: Carol Hofheinz Arvay,
  Recent                                                 A Cookbook for Nurses by Thomas Todd
                                                         (Boston: Revised 1911 edition; reprinted
                                                                                                                 BS’60, MS

                                                         January 1923).                                         Other Items:
  Contributions                                          Donor: Mary Huseth Black, Cert.’57,
                                                                                                                 Blue- and white-checked student uniform
                                                                                                                 with white apron, Milwaukee Hospital
                                                                                                                 School of Nursing, 1961
  to the Historical                                     Photos:
                                                         Class of 1960 (first to enter the four-year
                                                                                                                 Pin, Milwaukee Hospital School of

  Collection                                             nursing program)
                                                         Nurses’ Dormitory residents, 1958
                                                         Nurses’ Dormitory residents, 1959
                                                                                                                 Assorted name tags
                                                                                                                 Donor: Geraldine Diemer, BS’79, PhD,
                                                                                                                 clinical professor emerita of nursing
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Dean Katharyn May (3rd from left) celebrates with some of the 2008 nursing grads (aka/new alumni) at the all-alumni reception
held Friday evening of Alumni Weekend 2008. They are (from left) Nichole Miller, Jennifer Wright, Brooke Anderson, Andrea
Chiles, Ann Zumhagen-Krause, and Christina Zins.

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