Commander Gladys Madsen Endowed Scholarship in the College of Nursing
Commander Gladys Madsen has devoted her life to nursing and the military. When asked why she had first enlisted in the Navy in 1943 she said, "The war was on; it was a matter of being patriotic and being needed." She is now thrilled to be able to leave a legacy in her name to the University of Utah College of Nursing.
Commander Madsen was born May 26, 1920 in Bountiful, Utah. She attended BYU and completed her nursing school training at Salt Lake City General Hospital. She was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps, United States Naval Reserve on November 5, 1943. She reported for active duty at the Naval Hospital, Mare Island, CA. Following tours of duty at the Naval Hospitals San Leandro, CA and Bethesda, MD she was released from active duty in July 1946 and joined the Naval Reserve Unit in Salt Lake City.
Attending the University of Utah, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Education in August 1949. After graduation, she was employed as a Medical Ward Head Nurse and Supervisor at the United States Veterans Administration Hospital in Salt Lake until June 1954. She returned to active duty and was assigned to the Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA. Following her tour in Oakland, she was assigned duties at the Naval Ammunition Depot Station Hostile in Hawthorne, NV, The United States Naval Hospital in Guam, Marianas Island and Yokosuka, Japan.
Upon returning to the States in May 1958, she held various nursing positions across the country ranging from: Nursing Instructor, to the Nursing Service Educational Coordinator, where she was instrumental in establishing a Ward Clerkship Program, to the first Infection Surveillance Nurse for the Naval Hospital at Oakland and finally Chief Nurse at the base dispensary. Commander Madsen completed 30 years of service on November 4, 1973.
During her Naval Career, she was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Unit Commendation, Naval Reserve Medal, American Campaign World War II Victory medal and national defense Service Medal with Bronzer Star. When asked her feelings about her career, she said, "The Navy is a good career for a nurse. It has been good to me. I have never regretted one minute of it." After retirement, she did some traveling and then moved back to Utah to be able to be close to and enjoy her family.
Commander Madsen has given regularly to the University of Utah College of Nursing for over 30 years. She has also established a planned gift in Nursing and has recently established a scholarship in the College of Nursing for $50,000. When asked about setting up a scholarship Commander Madsen said, "Nursing was a great profession for me, and I am thrilled to now be able to help those studying to become nurses."By Tawnja Carballo Health Sciences Development