CUW nursing sisters

What five pairs of sisters in the Concordia University Wisconsin School of Nursing have in common—and what makes them unique.

What is it that compels two sisters to pursue the same educational program at the same university? In honor of National Siblings Day, we decided to explore that question.

“I think having younger siblings come to the program is the ultimate compliment,” said Dr. Brenda Jobe, a long-time instructor at the CUW School of Nursing. “Last fall alone I noticed we had four younger sisters in the same class! Presumably the older sibling has had a great experience with the university, the professors, and the amazing peers within their class—so much so that they recommend the nursing school to their sibling. It is both exciting and humbling to see.”

Is that how it happened with these nursing sister pairs? Keep reading to find out!

Grace (’23) and Hope (’21) Sheedy
Waukesha, WI

“It just blows my mom’s mind that we chose to live together!”

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Ashley (’23) and Emily (’20) Stone
Colgate, WI

“She’s really bad at making decisions!”

“She steals my clothes!”

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Stephanie (’18) and Emily (’23) Voigt
Brookfield, WI

“At first I was like, my parents went to Concordia, my sister went there, I don’t want to go there—that’s just so predictable!”

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Isabelle Shields (’23) and Shelby Stevens (’20)
Rock Springs, WY

“I have a little picture from kindergarten or first grade that says, ‘I want to be a nurse.’”

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Liz (’18) and Emily (’21) Hafemann
Hales Corners, WI

“The way I think about it is being the hands and feet of Jesus; you’re caring for all of His people.”

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— This story is written by Mike Zimmerman, corporate communications manager for Concordia University Wisconsin. He may be reached at or 262-243-4380.

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