Schmidt Diaz   Hidalgo Schafer

Marquette Nurses – Compassionate. Prepared. Making a Difference on the Frontlines.


Presented by

  • Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci, Dean and Professor for Marquette University College of Nursing
  • Madeline Schmidt, Nurs '01, Grad '03, Grad '17, DNP, APNP, ACHPN, Clinical Assistant Professor, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Option Coordinator, Marquette University College of Nursing
  • Sara Diaz, Nurs '19, BSN, RN, Pediatric Urgent Care Nurse, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Joana Hidalgo, Nurs '15, BSN, RN, Medical-Surgical Nurse, Rush University Medical Center
  • Ryan Schafer, Nurs ’15, BSN, RN, Vascular Access Team Nurse, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

As history is written for healthcare delivery in our country, Marquette Nursing alumni and faculty alike are geared up and bringing their hearts and heads to patient bedsides. Join College of Nursing dean, Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci, along with clinical assistant professor, Dr. Madeline Schmidt, Nurs '01, Grad '03, Grad '17, to hear stories and heartwarming moments from alumni who are making a difference on heroic health care teams and in the lives of COVID-19 patients.

More about this session

Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, currently serves as Dean and Professor for Marquette University College of Nursing. Previously, she served at Illinois State University first as Dean of the Mennonite College of Nursing and then as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Illinois State University.   From 1988 through 2009, Janet served at Marquette University College of Nursing as Associate Dean, Graduate Option Coordinator, Honors Advisor and faculty roles. She previously served as Chair of the Advocate BroMenn Governing Council, the chair of the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing and was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to the Advisory Board for the Illinois Center for Nursing from 2012-2016.  Locally, Dr. Krejci serves on the Aurora Community Board of Aurora Health Care.  Janet has served as faculty on several different Leadership Development Fellowships including the Center for Leadership, University of South Carolina and the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders Fellowship program. She frequently participates in area panels on health care and higher education issues and speaks to various civic groups.

Madeline Schmidt, Nurs ’01, Grad ’03, Grad ’17, graduated from the Marquette College of Nursing in 2001. While working as a cardiac RN at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, she completed her Master of Science in Nursing and graduated in 2003 as an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She began her Nurse Practitioner career in the Emergency Department, working for 15 years in various ED’s in Wisconsin and Northern Virginia. Madeline has also worked as a sexual assault nurse examiner, in legal consulting, and as an ear, nose and throat nurse. Most recently, she has found her passion for end-of-life care and is a certified Hospice and Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse. Madeline has been teaching at Marquette since 2011, beginning as a clinical faculty and now serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor.  In 2017, she graduated with her Doctoral in Nursing Practice from Marquette. She likes to say she “bleeds blue and gold.” 

Sara Diaz, Nurs ’19, was a member of Project-BEYOND2, where she always felt empowered to advocate for diversity in the healthcare field, as well as address the disparities in healthcare directly related to the city of Milwaukee, where she was raised. As a proud Latina woman, she is excited to be a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses - Greater Milwaukee Chapter. She can proudly say that she is a Marquette nurse providing cura personalis care at Children's Wisconsin Urgent Care. Sara is forever grateful to God, her family, and Marquette for teaching her so much and for pushing her to become the nurse she is today.   

Joana Hidalgo, Nurs ’15, was involved in the Bayanihan Student Organization (BSO), Liturgical Choir and Campus Ministry while at Marquette. She also participated in several Marquette Action Program (MAP) service trips. She has worked at Froedtert Hospital in Spinal Cord Acute Care and currently works as a Registered Nurse at Rush University in Chicago on the Adult Observation unit.

Ryan Schafer, Nurs ’15, was a part of the swim club all four years at Marquette and served as president his junior and senior year. After graduation, Ryan spent over four years on the Medical/Surgical-Orthopedic floor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Since then, he has been a part of the Vascular Access Team at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.



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