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Congratulations to NURSE 1-2-1 Student, Kayla Plucinski

Kayla Plucinski - Student of the Week 11-5-18Kayla Plucinski has been named UW-Green Bay Student of the Week.  Kayla is a student in our NURSE 1-2-1 collaborative program with NWTC.  She has taken on a student leadership role in our Counseling and Health Center and as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Residence Life.  Kayla is truly making a difference for her fellow students!

Kayla, thanks for all you do for UW-Green Bay!  Congratulations on being recognized as the Student of the Week!

Join Free Online Event for Health Professionals Week Nov. 5-9!

Health Professionals Week is November 5-9th this year. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing will be hosting FREE online events everyday that week. These events will include a webinar with 2 keynote speakers, Twitter conversations about Healthcare and Politics, live chat rooms for students, teachers & advisors to discuss career opportunities and experiences with healthcare professionals and more! If you are interested in pursuing an education and career as a healthcare professional, this is a great opportunity!

For more information and how to register, click here: https://www.magnetmail.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm…

Opening for Public Health Nurse 1

The City of Milwaukee is currently seeking the position of Public Health Nurse 1.

  • Link: For more information, please click on this link, https://www.jobapscloud.com/MIL/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=1808&R2=2219&R3=003
  • Purpose: Public Health Nurses assigned to the Maternal and Child Health Division and Disease Control and Environmental Health Division in the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) engage in a variety of population-based and individual nursing activities in homes, schools, clinics and community settings designed to assure that health care is accessible and available to residents.  While the majority of the positions are dedicated to maternal and child health care outcomes, additional employment opportunities in more specialized nursing assignments may also be available.  These include Empowering Families of Milwaukee, Nurse Family Partnership, Communicable and Infectious Disease, Home Environmental Health, Immunization, and Women’s HIV Program.

Salary: $53,044 annually for City of Milwaukee residents.

Mark Hunter Named 2018 Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award Recipient

Mark Hunter is this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Mark is a 2016 graduate of the national BSN-LINC online RN to BSN Program. Mark’s story is motivational.

Four years ago, Mark’s son fell and fractured his arm. Treatment included intravenous sedation and manipulation to align the bones. His son already had limited access options due to the fractured arm and an inexperienced nurse attempted to place his peripheral intravenous catheter (PIV). On the first try, she obtained a blood return and struggled to advance the cannula off the needle. Mark’s son screamed in pain. The needle found the vein, but the cannula did not. On the second attempt, she advanced the catheter too far, infiltrating the vein. On her third attempt, an experienced nurse came in and placed the PIV on the first try. Today, Mark’s son is not afraid of a potential break of one of his bones, but the placement of a PIV.

This experience motivated Mark to conduct research. He found upon admission to a hospital, 90% of patients receive intravenous therapy with 98% of the therapy delivered via PIVs. Unfortunately, initial placement of PIVs is only 57% successful with an average of two attempts required. Research demonstrates that initial placement success climbs to 95% among vascular access nurses with specific training related to assessment, placement, maintenance and removal. Further, it is well known that PIV placement is one of the top three skills graduate nurses are uncomfortable performing (Wenger, 2015). Another study by Clay and colleagues (2017) demonstrated that less than 10% of medical and nursing students could identify a PIV needing replacement.

Mark approached the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) and was given the opportunity to lead a task force to determine how nursing schools and health care institutions educate nursing students and practicing nurses about PIV concepts and skills. He reached out to Dr. Chris Vandenhouten for guidance and assistance. They completed a study with responses from over 700 nursing schools and healthcare institutions throughout Canada and the United States. The research resulted in the development of a comprehensive, evidenced based PIV curriculum and toolkit that AVA will offer. The article detailing the research has just been published in the September 2018 edition of The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access.Hunter 2018 Distinguished Alumni

Congratulations to Mark and his commitment to the profession of nursing.

New Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Start in 2020

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay received approval from the UW Board of Regents today (August 24, 2018) to move ahead in offering a prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, paving the way for students to begin in fall 2020. The program will expand UW-Green Bay’s ability to fulfill unmet student demand for a high-quality BSN degree at an affordable tuition cost. According to UW-Green Bay’s Susan Gallagher-Lepak, dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, the proposed program will complement the University’s existing nursing programs, including the accredited BSN Completion program (currently offered by UW-Green Bay, on campus, collaboratively with other UW institutions in Wisconsin via distance education, and nationally via distance methods), NURSE 1-2-1 program and graduate program in nursing (leadership focus).

“We’ve received many positive comments about this new program from employers of nurses, such as hospitals, insurance companies and public health agencies,” offered Gallagher-Lepak. “Leaders at healthcare organizations have indicated that they will make clinical spots available to UW-Green Bay nursing students.”

Strong Support and High Demand

The University is receiving strong support for this program from many constituent groups within the region, including the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Council of Trustees Program and Initiatives Advisory Committee. Leaders of healthcare organizations in the community strongly support this program as a means to increase the number of BSN-prepared nursing graduates in Wisconsin.

“Nursing is the largest workforce in healthcare,” affirms Paula Hafeman, Chief Nurse Executive, Hospital Sisters Health System-Eastern Wisconsin. “According to a 2016 Wisconsin Center for Nursing report, it is projected that we will need more than 20,000 new registered nurses each year in Wisconsin to meet healthcare needs. More than 26,000 Wisconsin nurses will retire in the next 10 years alone. When you consider the need, and fact that healthcare continues to increase in complexity with advanced technology, treatments and an aging population, more healthcare providers are necessary. Wisconsin graduates 3,000 nurses each year. We need to support increasing nursing programs throughout Wisconsin.”

Nursing Shortage is Statewide

Of the approximately 3,000 new nurses per year (Wisconsin Center for Nursing, 2015), 55% earn baccalaureate degrees and the remainder earn associate degrees. Employers are increasingly requiring nurses to have a BSN degree (versus an associate degree in nursing) in Wisconsin and nationally.

Student demand for a nursing program at UW-Green Bay, specifically, is very high. Approximately 300 students apply to UW-Green Bay as pre-nursing majors each year. Because UW-Green Bay, until now, did not offer a prelicensure BSN, potential new freshmen choose not to enroll at UW-Green Bay, and current students who want to pursue a nursing major transfer to public, private or technical nursing programs. Further, existing BSN programs within the UW System are unable to meet student demand. Approximately 50-80% of qualified applicants to baccalaureate nursing programs are denied admission to UW System Nursing Schools, primarily due to capacity issues (Young et al., 2016). This is consistent with national trends, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Chair of Nursing and Associate Professor, Christine Vandenhouten, said the program would provide regional opportunities that haven’t previously existed. “While UW-Green Bay is well-positioned to support a prelicensure nursing program, we look forward to working with the outstanding liberal arts and science faculty, both on the Green Bay campus and also our new branch-campus partners in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. We expect strong interest from students taking their pre-nursing courses at all four campuses prior to applying to the UW-Green Bay prelicensure program.”

Students can apply to UW-Green Bay in pre-nursing for fall 2019. The first cohort accepted into the prelicensure program will begin in fall 2020. Didactic, skills and clinical courses in the program will prepare students for entry-level professional nursing practice in various areas. Nurses work in a wide array of settings, including hospitals and long-term care facilities, clinics and outpatient facilities, community centers, homes (homecare), schools, camps and businesses.

Alumni Mark Hunter & Dr. Vandenhouten Publish Article

We are pleased to announce BSN alumni, Mark Hunter and Dr. Chris Vandenhouten are co-authors of a research article – Addressing the Silence: A need for Peripheral Intravenous Education in North America. The article, to be published in September, 2018 edition of The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access, is available in final version at: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1Xbgq5X5TLiVDh

The article is available for reading or downloading with no registration fees.

Dr. Vandenhouten Recognized with Founders Award for Community Outreach

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Dr. Christine Vandenhouten, pictured here with Chancellor Gary Miller, was recognized as the recipient of the Founders Award for Excellence in Community Outreach as the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay community gathered for the Fall Convocation today marking the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Dr. Vandenhouten’s community service has been extensive and exemplary. A sampling of her involvements include:

  • 2013-2018 Brown County United Way Community Investment Committee - reviewing and recommending funding allocations to organizations meeting human service needs.
  • 2013 – 2017 Community Partnership for Children (CPS) - Steering committee. The mission is to ensure that all children in Brown County “are safe, healthy, and ready for kindergarten.”
  • 2011 – 2018 Board of Directors, Bellin Health Systems, Inc.
  • 2011 – 2018 Brown County Community Health Improvement Project – Oral Health Action Team. Dr. Vandenhouten initiated a fluoride varnish program through the Brown County Women’s, Infants and Children (WIC) programs to provide oral health education and serve families receiving WIC services sustained through the support of nursing students.
  • 2010 – 2018 Board of Directors, Northeast Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (NEW AHEC) - enhancing access of quality health care for underserved populations.
  • 2017 Envisioning the Future – Bay Area Community Council’s Summit – examining and creating action plans related to the Life Study results for Brown County.
  • 2017 – 2018 Assurance of Learning - Co-designer of the 2018 Lifesaver Wellbeing Series for Bellin Health System.
  • 2011 – 2014 Elected member – Pulaski Community School District Board of Education. 

Earlier this year, Dr. Vandenhouten was recognized with the Brown County United Way Community Impact Award.

Congratulations on receiving this most deserved recognition!

Dr. Tyczkowski Receives Tenure

Congratulations to Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski on receiving tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents during their June 8, 2018 meeting.  Dr. Tyczkowski is on the Nursing & Health Studies faculty and is the Academic Director of the Health Information Management & Technology Program.  She has been on the UW-Green Bay faculty since 2008 and has over 35 years of experience in the field of nursing and health care.

Manawa Schools Looking for School Nurse

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF MANAWA

School Nurse in MANAWA, Wisconsin

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Answer patients’ calls and determine how to assist them. Apply compresses, ice bags, or hot water bottles. Inventory and requisition supplies and instruments. Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients’ conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action. Supervise nurses’ aides or assistants. Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients’ charts. Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records. Work with individuals, groups, or families to plan or implement programs designed to improve the overall health of communities. ***** OTHER EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree required. Valid State of Wisconsin Registered Nurse (RN) license required. Valid Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction certification in the respective classification: (DPI Code 75 – School Nurse) preferred. Experience working with school age children, including an ability to work with children who have disabilities and children with special health needs. Experience in communicable disease control. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of community resources available for health services. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable. ***** APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Other: Interested Applicants must apply on WECAN. Qualified Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Only completed WECAN applications will be considered. Pre-employment screenings (criminal background check, physical, TB test, and drug screen) are required by Wis. Stats. 118.25 for all school employees. The School District of Manawa does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability. Federal law prohibits discrimination in education and employment on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or disability. Applicants requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability should contact the District Office by email. Apply Online: www.wecan.education.wisc.edu

Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award – Call for Nominations!

Nominations are being sought for the Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award. 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
  • Achievements demonstrating a high level of professionalism and modeling values of the nursing profession (e.g. caring, altruism, social justice)
  • Distinguished scholarly achievement (e.g., presentations, articles, etc.) and/or serving as a mentor/trainer in the field of nursing

Letters of nomination (including self-nomination) should not exceed two pages and be submitted in digital format to malchowj@uwgb.edu by the recently extended deadline of April 1, 2018. Nominations are reviewed by a selection committee. The award recipient will be notified by May 15, 2018.

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); Phone; Current Employer and Position Title.

Please include the name and email address of the person submitting the nomination and a current photo of the nominee.

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, contact Mr. Jan Malchow, Manager of Student Outreach at 920-465-2722 or malchowj@uwgb.edu .