Dr. 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 http://w-one.org/toolkits.
The 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 Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Congratulations to our Spring 2015 graduates. For those unable to attend the graduation ceremony, we have assembled a “Virtual Graduation” on our YouTube channel. The video uses actual video from the May 16th ceremony and recognizes all of our Spring 2015 graduates. Click the following link to experience the sights and sounds of commencement at the Kress Events Center on the UW-Green Bay campus: 2015 Spring Graduation Video.
The following is a list of the graduates sorted according to Wisconsin county of residence followed by those from other states. The students receiving bachelor’s degrees with academic honors are indicated by *cum laude, **magna cum laude, ***summa cum laude. Congratulations to all 83 of our graduates this year. This includes 71 BSN students, 5 HIMT students, and our very first graduating class of 7 MSN students. We wish you the best of luck in your careers!
Master of Nursing Leadership and Management in Health Systems
Brown — Jason Mattson and Ramona Speier, Green Bay
Dane — Denise Gloede, Madison
Oconto — Roxanne Tienor, Suring
Outagamie — Allison Reitzner, Neenah
Other states — Martha Pettineo, Lake Bluff, Illinois; and Jacquelyn Bailey, Clinton, Maryland
Health Information Management and Technology
Brown — Nicholas Depies, Green Bay
Dane — Thomas Reese, Madison
Kewaunee — Danielle Deterville, Luxemburg
Marquette — Mary Jaecklein***, Marquette
Rock — Kathleen Duerst, Janesville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bayfield — Gavin King, Mason
Brown — Jennifer Johnson*, Denmark; Lydia Ambrosius, Amy Belanger, Leslie Boelter, Elizabeth Corbley, Martha Mineau***, Nicole Morgan, Christina O’Connell, Jessica Ronk, Katie Studey, and Ashley Tremel, Green Bay; Lisa Bouchonville, New Franken; Paula Allen and Kelly Schmidt, Suamico
Calumet — Sarah Greuel, Chilton
Dane — Rachael Cudzewicz, Madison; Lindsey Olson and Myra Uttech, Middleton; Christin Strong, Sun Prairie
Florence — Amanda Rudnick, Fence
Kenosha — Tamia Chapple, Kenosha
Kewaunee — Katie Engebose, Luxemburg
La Crosse — Sarah Schmitz, West Salem
Langlade — Alaina Wild, Antigo; Katherine Foreman, Deerbrook
Manitowoc — John Burris, Kiel; Ashley Beeman, Manitowoc
Marathon — Marla May, Mosinee; Shoua Yang, Wausau
Marinette — Brittany LaCanne and Nicole Schneider, Marinette; Holly Williquette, Peshtigo
Milwaukee — Stanley Schock, Wauwatosa
Oconto — Laura Delzer, Abrams; Patricia Carriveau, Lena
Oneida — Ashley Rothmeyer, Rhinelander
Outagamie — Dana Lehrer, Appleton
Rock — Amy Millard, Edgerton
Saint Croix — Jodi Main, Glenwood City
Taylor — Sheila Heiser, Rib Lake
Walworth — Shannon Crum, Darien
Waupaca — Trisha Loehrke, Weyauwega
California — Dawn Shaffer, Sunnyvale
Connecticut — Renee Antonio, Middletown; Erin Hoekstra, South Windsor; and Matthew Golding, Vernon
Florida — Rita Willis, Fort Lauderdale
Illinois — Kimberly Pagano*, Deerfield; Adrian Dabros, Niles; Natalie Butler, Palatine; Jennifer Behrens, Prophetstown; Deo Bolando, Skokie; and Kimberly Colantuono, Villa Park
Massachusetts — Wendy Bivens, Boston; and Jana Turner, Mashpee
Michigan — Joan Arms, Hermansville; and Mary Schei**, Menominee
Minnesota — Lilian Ombati, Brooklyn Park; Eileen Bezat, Eden Prairie; Irene Arita, Elk River; Christopher Larson, Forest Lake; Lisa Szepanski, Minneapolis; Joan Coleman, Prior Lake; and Stacy Peterson, White Bear Lake
Missouri — Eileen Wallhermfechtel, Saint Louis
New Jersey — Vincenzo Manzella, Lodi; and Christine Choi, Ridgefield
Virginia — Amanda Di Iulio, Reston
Washington — Talea McNurlin, Chehalis; and Megan Schill, University Place
Leveraging technology to make patient assessments more efficient and effective is the driving force behind the development of a new nursing clinical decision support e-tool, developed by T. Heather Herdman and Susan Gallagher-Lepak of the UW-Green Bay Nursing faculty in conjunction with NANDA International (NANDA-I), an association of nursing professionals that develops, refines and publishes terminology accurately reflecting nurses’ clinical judgments. The decision support e-tool is now available through the Google Store and the Apple Store, was funded by a grant through WiSYS (WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc.) and funds from NANDA International, Inc. The cost is $42.99.
Creators talk about new e-tool — “Learning the language of nursing in order to explain the judgments nurses make based on patient assessments is often challenging for students,” says Prof. Herdman. “This tool will not only help with that process, but it will also help them to better communicate their knowledge. Instead of having to look up standardized assessment tools and nursing diagnoses in books after assessing a patient during clinicals, we’ve developed an interactive tool that students can use in real time, as they’re working with patients, that provides the standardized language needed for electronic health records, along with evidence-based assessment tools.”
Adds Gallagher-Lepak, “When using the e-tool, they will enter basic information and the e-tool will prompt them as to what additional information is needed in order to accurately diagnose or collect additional assessment data. It doesn’t make a diagnosis for them; rather, it suggests potentials, as well as what other information they need to know or gather. Once they’ve completed the process, the student can email the information directly to their instructor for review. It really streamlines and improves the learning process.”
Management and leadership job positions are currently open at the Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI. The following positions are currently available:
- Emergency Department and Urgent Care, Manager (Full-time, Days)
- Emergency Department and Urgent Care, Supervisor (Full-time, Days)
- ICU Department, Supervisor (Full-time, Days)
For information on these positions and how to apply, please contact Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Heather Schroeder:
Did you miss the March 1 deadline for MSN applications? Don’t worry, we are still accepting applications for this fall semester and admitting on a space available basis! The deadline for Fall 2015 semester admissions is July 1. Take a look at our checklist on how to apply.
The MSN-LINC in Leadership and Management in Health Systems is intended for RNs holding a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This master’s degree provides advanced coursework in leadership and management to improve care at multiple levels across the continuum of healthcare settings. With completion of the MSN and sufficient work experience, graduates can take the American Credentialing Center certification exam, Nurse Executive Advanced. See a full overview of the MSN-LINC program.
Congratulations to several of our students for being initiated into UW-Green Bay national honor societies this past week.
The UW-Green Bay chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society held its first spring initiation ceremony, celebrating staff and students who excel in their field. HIMT student, Kerryann Fraser, along with nursing students Lori Schaden, Christin Strong and Stacy Peterson were initiated this year.
Established in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Students with excellent academic records are eligible to be nominated to the Green Bay Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. The honor society recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. It has very high academic standards, electing from the upper 5% of students who have reached the final period of their junior year, the upper 10% of senior students and outstanding graduate students, alumni and faculty.
In addition, the Kappa Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing induction was held April 12th. The following students were part of the 2015 induction class: Renee Antonio, Theresa Ashey, Emily Beard, Deo Bolando, Tamia Chapple, Joan Coleman, Amel Elshaier, Holly Hajny, Jennifer Johnson, Tamara Marshall, Dawn Shaffer, Christin Strong, Lisa Szepanski, Ashley Tremel, and Angela Vieau.
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is committed to fostering excellence, scholarship, and leadership in nursing to improve health care worldwide. With 406 chapters worldwide and 120,000 active members, it is the second largest nursing organization in the world. Kappa Pi Chapter at-Large is our local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and is co-sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Professional Nursing Program and Bellin College. The Honor Society was first established at UW-Green Bay in 1985 and was chartered Kappa Pi Chapter in 1988. In 1996, Kappa Pi Chapter was expanded to Kappa Pi Chapter at-Large. As an at-large chapter, members are drawn from both UW-Green Bay and from Bellin College of Nursing. Members are also drawn from nurse leaders in the community.
Membership into the Honor Society is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and the community nurse leaders who exhibit exceptional achievements in nursing. UW-Green Bay nursing students who are enrolled in the Synthesis for Nursing Practice (their last nursing class), have at least a 3.0 GPA, rank in the upper 35% of their class, and meet expectations of academic integrity are sent an invitation to join the organization.
Congratulations, again, to all of our nursing and HIMT students!
Call for nominations for the Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award deadline has been extended to May 1! If you missed the April 3 deadline, you can still submit your nomination!
The award is given annually to a UW-Green Bay nursing graduate (BSN or MSN). Criteria upon which nominees are evaluated include:
- Service or leadership enhancing the profession of nursing and/or community and/or distinguished scholarly achievement (e.g., presentations, articles, etc.)
- Achievements demonstrating a high level of professionalism and modelling values of the nursing profession (e.g. caring, altruism, social justice)
Letters of nomination (including self-nomination) should not exceed one page and be submitted in digital format to email@example.com by April 3, 2015. Nominations are reviewed by a selection committee. The award recipient will be notified by May 15, 2015. The following nominee information must be included:
- First and Last Name
- Last Name at Graduation
- Year of Graduation
- Current email address
- Mailing Address (Street, City , State, Zip)
- Current Employer and Position Title
Also include the name and email address of the person submitting the nomination.
Alumni Award recipients will receive official recognition on the UW-Green Bay nursing website and in the Alumni Newsletter, an award certificate and engraved pen.
For more information, please contact Mr. Jan Malchow, Manager of Student Outreach at 920-465-2722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.