Madison’s Top Nurses 2022

Nominated by peers and patients, these Madison-area nurses named Madison Magazine's Top Nurses are at the heart of health care.
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All photos by Patrick Stutz
Karen Nissen-Boryczka, Top Nurses 2020 Leadership Award Winner

Nursing transcends the traditional idea of a “job.” For most, it’s a calling. Many of the nurses featured in this year’s Top Nurses awards found their calling because of a pivotal moment in their lives — Karen Nissen-Boryczka’s childhood heart surgery is what led her to a decades-long career in cardiac care; a teenaged Adam Schneider followed his heart after watching his grandmother being cared for in the hospital; and the stories Jessi Kendall heard as a waitress about her customers’ health challenges started her on a path to nursing school.

The passion these nurses share translates into exceptional care in areas including practice, innovation and leadership.

We are honored to recognize six local nurses nominated by peers and patients in the biennial Top Nurses awards. While we’re highlighting these individuals specifically, every nurse deserves an award for their commitment to their profession and the vital role they play in our community.

Innovation Award
Impacts nursing practice through innovation, whether via research, new ideas, technology or improvements to care processes.

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Adam Schneider, UW Organ and Tissue Donation nurse practitioner

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Kari Stampfli, director of MMSD health services program

Leadership Award
Demonstrates vision, influence and knowledge to meet the demands of the future and the leadership to create systems and environments to support nursing excellence.

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Karen Nissen-Boryczka, Agrace nurse


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Jessi Kendall, UW Health diversity and cultural congruence resource nurse

Practice Award
Represents outstanding clinical practice within health care organizations and in the communities they serve.

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Meghan Nolden, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital evidence-based practice nurse

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Barbara Aughey, SSM Health Davis Duehr Dean Eye Care Center retina nurse

This article appeared in the September 2022 issue of Madison Magazine. See past years’ Top Nurse award winners by clicking here.

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