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Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition registration now open

Wisconsin AHEC (Area Health Education Center) is delighted to announce an opportunity for health profession students: ourAHEC 3rd annual Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition!

This competition is designed for health profession students from any degree or discipline, at any Wisconsin university or technical college. Participation is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, to advance the goal that all students will gain first-hand experience and skills in Interprofessional education, collaboration and practice, by working with students from many other degree programs and health profession fields.

The application is open NOW; deadline is Sunday, October 4: Apply Online

How it works: students create a team of 4 to 5 students, with at least three different degrees/professions represented.  Every team that applies will participate during the fall semester, with selected teams advancing to the final competition event in January. All student teams receive a copy of the case (every team receives the same case) and each team will conduct an analysis of interprofessional efforts during the care of a patient/client. All teams will submit a 3-page executive summary, one page budget and a PowerPoint presentation by December 9.  During the week of December 14, at least one team from each WI AHEC region (a total of 9 teams across the state) will be invited to advance in the competition and present their case analysis to a panel of judges on the competition event date.

This year’s competition event is on January 7 & 8, 2016, at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Wisconsin AHEC provides on-site lodging and meals for the 9 teams invited to present their case to the judges on Friday, January 8. Please forward promotional flyer on to anyone you think might be interested in the competition to help get the word out about this wonderful learning experience!

Lecturer Hovarter presents case study

UW-Green Bay Nursing Lecturer, Becky Hovarter, presented her original case study: Using a Standardized Terminology forHovarter PHN Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation:  Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis to the Informatics Collaboration for Improving Nursing Education, based in Minnesota last Friday. The collaborative, community health educators from the United States and Turkey, is developing a library of evidence based case studies demonstrating standardized terminology through the use of the Omaha System for use in BSN education. Becky’s case study will be piloted in a course taught in Minnesota during the spring semester in at least one community health nursing course.

2015 Alumni Newsletter

This is the seventh annual edition of our Alumni Newsletter. We want you to stay connected and informed about alumni, recent graduates, faculty and staff as well as news about your alma mater. Send us updates with your good news!

Also, if you have a colleague, friend, or relative looking to gain their BSN? Make sure to tell them about your experience and recommend our program. With the national online track, students can enroll from anywhere in the country. Or, if you or someone else is looking to get their MSN, consider UW-Green Bay’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Leadership and Management in Health Systems.

2015 Alumni Newsletter

After Thoughts: A speaker series featuring women at UW-Green Bay

Integrative Healthcare: What's the whole holistic thing anyway?Do you live in the Green Bay area? Then don’t miss this After Thoughts on complementary medicine and alternative healing with UW-Green Bay Nursing’s own Prof. T. Heather Herdman. Delve into the history of holism — as a philosophy and a way of being. Contrast holism with our current conventional system of health care and learn how it all ties into the renewed interest among individuals to take accountability for their own health care decisions, integrating care from a variety of traditions into their everyday lives.

This is the first lecture as part of the sixth annual UW-Green Bay After Thoughts series. After Thoughts is a lecture and networking series at UW-Green Bay designed with four goals in mind:

  • connect the community with UW-Green Bay
  • showcase talented women of UW-Green Bay’s faculty, staff and alumni
  • convene women — and the men who support them — for learning, enrichment and fun
  • provide After Thoughts for attendees to take with them

The 2015-16 series will kickoff on Tuesday, October 6 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Weidner Center Grand Foyer with an hors d’oeuvres reception followed by the program at 5:45 p.m. The first speaker of the year as mentioned will be T. Heather Herdman, UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Nursing. Heather’s presentation, titled Integrative Healthcare: What’s the Whole Holistic Thing, Anyway?, will demystify holistic and alternative medicine and help us to understand its importance as therapy and treatment options.

If you have not already registered for the upcoming After Thoughts programs, we invite you to do so. A printable registration form is available, or you can register online. We hope to see you for another enjoyable and enriching evening at UW-Green Bay!

HIMT program announces 99.7% enrollment growth

The University of Wisconsin Online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology program HIMT1recently announced it had a 99.7% enrollment growth for 2014–2015. The program enrollment nearly doubled due to a forward-thinking curriculum and the recent CAHIIM Accreditation. An article highlighting the programs early success was recently published on Business Wire. You can learn more about the HIMT program’s success, innovation and value through the Business Wire article on the program.

Wisconsin AHEC Winter 2016 WI Express opportunities

Wisconsin Area Health Education Center system (AHEC) is pleased to announce a new Winter 2016 Wisconsin Express session focused on women’s health for health professions students at any Wisconsin college or university. AHEC

The application deadline is October 12—you can apply online. The selection process is competitive and they look forward to receiving a strong group of applications.

For more information on Wisconsin AHEC and the Wisconsin Express, check out their website: Wisconsin AHEC.

Tyczkowski on Task Force that Develops Nurse Staffing Toolkit

Brenda TyczkowskiDr. Brenda Tyczkowski, Professional Program in Nursing, was part of a task force assembled by the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives (W-ONE), to publish a toolkit on evidence-based nurse staffing.  The first piece of the toolkit is a presentation for use in hospitals, to engage stakeholders, such as health care board members, hospital administrators and medical staff leaders, in evaluating organizational practices and transitioning from opinion to evidence in nurse staffing decisions.  Additional task force members included Joan Beglinger (chair),  Tonja Brooks, Peggy Ose, Haley Kovac, and Ruth Kirby.  The tool is available at

WONE scholarship applications now open

WONEThe WONE 2015 Scholarship Program is now open for applications!  WONE is offering 4 – $1,000 BSN and 1 – $1,000 scholarships for MSN/DNP/PhD degrees.  All information and documents are available on the WONE website at:

The application deadline is September 29th with priority given to WONE members. If you have any questions please email Kathryn Olson, Chair Professional Development at

Wergin Receives Nursing Recognition

Amy Wergin R.N., a 1985 BSN graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UW-Green Bay), recently received the UW-Green Bay Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award.  The award recognizes excellence, service, scholarly achievement, professionalism and leadership in the profession of nursing.  Wergin currently serves as Health Officer with Manitowoc County Health Department and is Chair of the Wisconsin Public Health Association – Public Health Nursing Section.

Amy Wergin Alumni Award

L-R: UW-Green Bay Associate Professor, Christine Vandenhouten, Manitowoc Health Officer, Amy Wergin and UW-Green Bay Lecturer, Rebecca Hovarter. Vandenhouten and Hovarter presented Wergin with the 2015 Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award from UW-Green Bay at a gathering on July 7.

Wergin has served as a Public Health Nursing Manager for 28 years in Manitowoc County.  She has been instrumental in establishing a community clinic and dental clinic for low income and uninsured clients; a program to decrease binge drinking among youth; tobacco control efforts; and programs to decrease obesity through nutrition education and community fitness activities.  Wergin also has been active with initiatives for environmental health and for women, infants and children.

On the statewide level with the Wisconsin Public Health Association, she has lead teams developing health data collection and reporting systems including those for maternal-child health and for disease surveillance widely used by health care providers.  Wergin is well known for her skills in data management and use of technology.  She also has served as a past officer in the Wisconsin Nurses Association at the district level and the Wisconsin Conference of Local Public Health Officials.

Surrounded by colleagues and family, Wergin was presented with the Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award at a recognition gathering at the Manitowoc Health Department on July 7 by UW-Green Bay Nursing representatives Lecturer Rebecca Hovarter, Associate Professor Dr. Christine Vandenhouten and Manager of Student Outreach and Alumni Relations, Jan Malchow.

Seven are first to earn new master’s in nursing

Just a week ago, the Professional Program in Nursing went a perfect seven-for-seven in having the first graduates of UW-Green Bay’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management Health Systems program show up at commencement. Commencement was the culmination of the efforts of so many to develop, market, and implement the MSN program for a first cohort. Special kudos to program director, Dr. Janet Reilly for all her hard work with the MSN program.

MSN 2015 Grads

Photo by Eric Miller

The MSN degree provides advanced coursework in leadership and management to improve care at multiple levels across the continuum of healthcare settings. All seven graduates — in alphabetical order, Jacquelyn Bailey, Clinton, Md.; Denise Gloede, Madison; Jason Mattson, Green Bay; Martha Pettineo, Lake Bluff, Ill.; Alison Reitzner, Neenah; Ramona Speier, Green Bay; and Roxanne Tienor, Suring — participated in the commencement ceremonies. Bailey, who made the longest commute, has been an active advocate for her profession and met with legislators on Capitol Hill as part of national Student Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., this past March. The new master’s degree gives the UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing alumni in three separate degree areas: the registered nurse (RN) to BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a bachelor’s in Health Information Management and Technology, and the new master’s.

(Written by Christopher Sampson)