News and Events

Event: College of Nursing celebrates Nurses Week

From May 6 – 12, we celebrate nurses. Nurses serve the public in a wide range of roles and work settings, protecting, promoting and enhancing health care for everyone. Why do they do it? What motivates nurses to take on the vital role they play?

In honor of Nurses Week 2018, Marquette University College of Nursing is encouraging our students and faculty to share their reasons. Students are asked to complete and take a selfie with a sign saying “I want to become a nurse because . . . “.   Faculty members are asked to do the same with a sign that says, “I became a nurse because . . .” All submitted photos and selfies will be posted in an album on our College of Nursing Facebook page.

If you’d like to participate, we’d love to hear from you! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – you can hand write a sign with the phrase “I became a nurse because . . . “ and fill in your reason. You can post your selfie on Facebook or send your photo with a sign to either or and we’ll post it to our album.

We are proud to celebrate our Marquette nurses – we’re proud to celebrate YOU!


Event: Alumni Awards Weekend, April 26-28

Congratulations to our remarkable award recipients who will be honored at Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 26-28. Their achievements exemplify the Marquette pillars of excellence, faith, leadership and service. Read more about the College of Nursing honorees

Join us in celebration on Friday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Event: Join us at the Ph.D./D.N.P. Celebratory Event on May 8

On Tuesday, May 8, we will celebrate the accomplishments of our Ph.D./D.N.P. students. This will be the inaugural Ph.D./D.N.P. celebration. We are organizing this event so, your presence is important for such a special event.

This year D.N.P. and Ph.D. students will present their work in a lively poster session. Graduating students will provide brief oral presentations of their work.

The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the AMU. A reception to follow. Please register online.

News: College of Nursing Magazine

News: College of Nursing nurse anesthesia program receives full accreditation status

The College of Nursing is pleased to announce that its newly developed Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program has received initial full accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. With this important designation, Marquette becomes the first academic institution in southeastern Wisconsin to offer a nurse anesthesia educational program culminating with a doctoral degree. The program will admit its first student cohort in August 2018 and will admit a new cohort annually every Fall semester. Applications for this year’s cohort remained open until Feb. 1.


News: Dr. Kristin Haglund, PNP, FNP, APRN, featured on Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell's podcast

MU in MKEMarquette's researchers have helped cultivate Wisconsin's first rice crop with Hmong immigrants, reduce stress in children through performing arts, and much more. In this episode of Marquette in Milwaukee, President Michael Lovell talks with Dr. Kristin Haglund, Dr. Michael Schäppi and Dr. Dan Myers about research that improves lives in Milwaukee.

 Listen online.


News: Dora Clayton-Jones joins prestigious Diversity Scholars Network

Dora Clayton JonesDora Clayton-Jones, RN, Ph.D., CPNP-PC, assistant professor, has been selected to be member of the prestigious Diversity Scholars Network at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan.

The Network was formed in 2008 to foster an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional community of scholars to strengthen research and scholarship about diversity, equity and inclusion and use this work to address issues in education and society. To date there are over 500 scholars from across the country.

Dr. Clayton-Jones is also an Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow and Vice President of International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates.

News: Marquette’s College of Nursing receives prestigious Future of Nursing Scholars Grant

Marquette University’s College of Nursing is one of 31 schools selected to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses who hold Ph.D. degrees. The selected schools comprise the fifth cohort of grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program, which will provide financial support, mentoring and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their Ph.D. in three years. Marquette will select two nursing students to receive this prestigious scholarship.

Read more.

News: Marquette nursing leader selected to address Congress on Project BEYOND-2

Marquette University Project BEYOND-2 Coordinator Terrie Garcia, M.Ed., RN, Ph.D.(c), was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to represent an interdisciplinary Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition to address members of Congress at an event in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The panel focused on how Title VII and VIII grantees are helping patients with opioid use disorders, increasing access to care for rural communities, practicing preventative medicine, and promoting health equity.Terrie

Garcia coordinates Project BEYOND-2, a student support program that seeks to encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue a career in professional nursing. Project BEYOND-2 is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Nov. 29, 2017, edition of the AACN newsletter highlights the congressional briefing. Learn more about Project Beyond-2.


Event: NightinGala raises $95,000 for Milwaukee’s most vulnerable populations

galaMore than 240 people attended the second annual NightinGala on Friday. Nov. 3. Because of you, we raised a significant amount of money for the college's outreach programs, which benefit care for Milwaukee's most vulnerable populations.

Thanks to you, we raised $95,000 for the college's outreach programs, which benefit care for Milwaukee's most vulnerable populations.


News: Marquette welcomes class of 2021

class of 2021On Thursday, Aug. 24, more than 2,000 freshmen from 40 states, 27 countries and two U.S. territories will move into residence halls on the Marquette University campus and begin to call Milwaukee home.

During orientation, students will participate in a number of organized activities on campus and throughout Milwaukee. Classes will begin on Aug. 28.

News: College of Nursing receives grant to continue Project BEYOND-2

PB2Marquette University’s College of Nursing has received nearly $2 million to continue one of the college’s student support programs, Project BEYOND-2. The program, initially launched in 2007, is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will provide support for the program over the next four years.

Project BEYOND-2 aims to improve nursing workforce diversity by increasing the numbers of students and graduates from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, including underrepresented minorities, who will graduate with bachelor’s of science in nursing degrees.

Read the full press release online.

News: Marquette Nurses travel to Peru for community clinical experience

PeruSummer 2017 marked the tenth year that the college has offered junior and senior undergraduate nursing students, as well as direct entry M.S.N. students the opportunity to complete their community clinical experience in Piura, Peru. Students work in the parish clinics that monitor pregnant women, teach health-related programs to school children, and assist in a nursing home.

Students spend most of their time with the "poorest of the poor" in the surrounding villages and find this to be a "life-changing experience" which cements the importance of a caring, connected community, both locally and globally.

News: College of Nursing student delivers student speaker message at Marquette University’s 136th Commencement 

Alex MohsAlex Mohs, Nursing ‘17, was selected by her peers to deliver the student message at Marquette's 136th Commencement on Sunday, May 21. All students with senior standing had the chance to vote on the candidates in March, during MUSG elections.


News: College of Nursing honors alumni and friends during Alumni Awards Weekend, April 27 - 29, 2017

LaskyView this year's award recipients and read their bio's. A video recap of the weekend is also available to watch online.

Patricia A. Lasky, RN, Ph.D., Nurs ’63, pictured on the left, was the college's Distinguished Alumna of the Year. 




News: Dance Marathon raises $84,000 to benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

DMA group of Marquette students, including many from the College of Nursing, held their annual Dance Marathon to benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Norah Johnson, associate professor, was the faculty adviser. Students danced for eight hours straight to raise money and bring awareness for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. They raised $84,000. The story aired on Today's TMJ4.

This year's event is Friday, Nov. 3, at the Wisconsin Club.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Adrienne Roche at or (414) 288-1534.


News: College of Nursing graduate program ranks in top 12 percent in U.S. News & World Report 

The 2018 graduate school rankings from U.S. News and World Report show Marquette programs rank among the best in the country. 

logoThe graduate program is ranked #63 out of 532 programs nationally, and are ranked higher than any other graduate programs in the state. Our D.N.P. program was ranked #62 of 517 programs. 

Value Colleges ranked the top 50 Best Value D.N.P. programs in the country. 


News: College Admits lts Largest Freshman Class in 2016

Our total undergraduate enrollment was 490 in 2014, 565 in 2015, and was 597 as of fall 2016. We have also been able to expand our graduate enrollment with the launch of our distance ACNP program in Indianapolis in January, 2016, and the launch of the distance GEM program in the Pleasant Prairie area of Southeastern Wl and Northeastern IL.

College of Nursing Magazine

Past event: The James Wake Memorial Lecture

The James Wake Memorial Lecture was held at the AMU on November 14th, 2016, and was attended by approximately 150 people. This year’s speaker was Dr. Marie T. Nolan, RN, F.A.A.N., an internationally recognized nurse scientist on the topic of “Patient and Family Decision-Making During Critical Illness and at End of Life”. Her research and presentation highlighted the complexity of end of life decision making for patients and family members.

The James Wake Memorial Lecture is held every 2 years in honor of the late James Wake, chaplain and husband of former Marquette Provost and College of Nursing Dean, Madeline Wake, RN, FAAN, who devoted his career in social work and chaplaincy to helping others. Heartfelt thanks go to our speaker Dr. Marie T. Nolan and to Dr. Madeline Wake. Additional thanks go to the faculty and staff who organized the event.

Dr. Nolan’s presentation can be viewed by visiting the Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care page.