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Hola! An Online Course with Faculty and Students from UN-Tumbes in Peru and UW-Green Bay


Interim Dean Derryl Block (in center) poses with Nursing Students at Universidad Nacionel de Tumbes in Peru during her trip in 2009.

A spring 2010 course is in progress with faculty and students from UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing and Universidad Nacional de Tumbes (UNT) in Peru.  UNT is in a fairly remote area of Peru. Professor Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Interim Dean Derryl Block are teaching the course. Four very brave UW-Green Bay BSN completion students are taking the course for independent study credit.  The course is fully online and all communications are posted into the course in both English and Spanish (thank goodness for “google translate”!). The course covers discussions of nursing, nursing interventions, and healthcare issues in both nations. Professor Block traveled to Tumbes Peru in 2009 and visited UN-Tumbes and the nursing program. Feel free to check out the UN-Tumbes website (translated in English) at:

Dr. Vandenhouten to Present at 2010 ACHNE and ASTDN Conference

Dr. Christine Vandenhouten from our faculty has been selected to present her abstract, In Living Color: Impressions & Connections resulting from a Photo-based Windshield Survey Exercise at the 2010 Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE) and Association of State & Territorial Directors of Nursing (ASTDN) Joint Meeting, June 10-12, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia.  Dr. Vandenhouten also is serving as the Editor of the Innovative Teaching Strategies Section of the ACHNE Website.  Congratulations to Dr. Vandenhouten!

Dr. Kubsch professor for mother and daughter!

Bernadette Simon (l) and her daughter, Jennifer Wilson are pictured with Dr. Mimi Kubsch (r).

Jennifer Wilson, a campus/BSN@Home student in the NURS 317 course on campus, brought her mother (Bernadette Simon) in to class to serve as a volunteer for a health assessment class activity.  Her mother is an alumni of the UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing having graduated with a BSN in 1993. Hope the N317 Health Assessment test questions have changed since 1993! 

Jennifer works at Bellin Hospital Maternity unit in Green Bay and has 3 children.  Bernadette continues to work as a nursing supervisor at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay. Bernadette enjoys life with a BSN and her 22 grandchildren.  Mimi Kubsch has taught both mother and daughter!

Moi! Finland Visitors at UW-Green Bay Nursing Program

Carl Bjornberg of Myllykoski Corp. in Finland, Dr. Susan Gallager-Lepak - Interim Chairperson of Nursing, Marjukka Englund of DKK Dipoli University in Finland, Dr. John Stoll, Professor of Public & Environmental Affairs, Rachael Elliott, Director of International Student Services from Brunel University - London, Iiris Bjornberg a nurse from Finland, and Jan Malchow - Manager of Student Outreach in Nursing enjoy a traditional American breakfast at the Village Kitchen in Casco, WI about 25 miles from Green Bay as one of the activities the visitors shared while exchanging information about nursing in Finland.

As part of a developing collaboration, a group from Finland visited the UW-Green Bay campus and Professional Program in Nursing in October 2009.  The group included Marjukka England from DKK Dipoli University in Finland and Carl and Iiris Bjornberg (Carl is Chairman of the board of Myllykoski Corp. in Finland; Iiris is a nurse interested in the study of school climate).  The Finland group and nursing faculty enjoyed a very good discussion on international nursing and healthcare in Finland. It is hoped that further discussion between Finalnd nursing students and nursing students from UW-Green Bay will be part of the N492 Global Aspects of Healthcare course in the future. This visit was in follow-up to the UW-Green Bay interdisciplinary team that traveled to Finland in May 2009. Faculty members Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Janet Reilly were invited to be part of the UW-Green Bay team.

Dr. Gallagher-Lepak Named Interim Chairperson of Nursing

Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak was named the Interim Chairperson of the Professional Program in Nursing and Director of the BSN-LINC Program this past summer. She has been with our faculty since 2003 and served as Interim Chairperson during the 2007-2008 academic year when Dr. Block was on profesional sabbatical. Dr. Gallagher-Lepak is licensed both as a nurse and psychologist with the State of Wisconsin. We welcome her back in the role of Chairperson as she succeeds Dr. Block who is serving as Interim Dean of Professional & Graduate Studies.

Dr. Block Named Interim Dean of Professional & Graduate Studies

Dr. Derryl Block, long time Professor and Chairperson of the Professional Program in Nursing, was named Interim Dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies beginning the summer of 2009. She is overseeing the Business, Education, Social Work and Nursing academic departments, Graduate Studies and two university-community partnership agencies. We wish her well with her added responsibilities and congratulate her on the promotion.

Nursing Instructor Receives APHN Certification

Congratulations to Rebecca Hovarter of our nursing faculty for passing the ANCC Advanced Public Health Nurse exam and receiving her APHN RNBC credentials. Becky passed the exam earlier this fall. She is an instructor for our Community Health Nursing Practicum course.

Instructor Rebecca Hovarter shown at her desk.

Instructor Rebecca Hovarter shown at her desk.

Nursing Student Receives Chancellor’s Medallion

Crystalline Malakar was recognized as a Chancellor’s Medallion recipient at a special event preceeding graduation. She is pictured with Professor Christine Vandenhouten. Crystalline was awarded the medallion for academic excellence and leadership during her career at UW-Green Bay. Congratulations to Crystal on your achievements.

Dr. Christine VAndenhouten (l) is shown with Nursing Graduate Crystalline Malakar (r) at the Leadership Awards event preceeding graduation.

Dr. Christine VAndenhouten (l) is shown with Nursing Graduate Crystalline Malakar (r) at the Leadership Awards event preceeding graduation.

Mexico Travel Course

Dr. Christine Vandenhouten of our faculty and BSN student Brenda VandenLangenberg will be traveling to Cuernavaca, Mexico for a three week travel course along with UWGB students in education and business. The course is from December 27, 2009 to January 17, 2010.
The students will be studying Mexican culture and healthcare along with a Spanish language immersion class.

Cuernavaca is a beautiful city about 90 miles drive from Mexico City.

We hope to offer additional travel course trips to this area. Interested nursing students and alumni are welcome to contact one of our advisors to indicate your interest.

Complementary therapies by nurses display

A display on the use of complementary therapies by nurses was recently mounted in the Winter Garden of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall on the U Wisconsin-Green Bay campus. The therapies displayed are supported by systematic reviews and experimental research. The display describes aroma therapy, guided imagery, reflexology, acupressure, therapeutic touch, and music therapy. Please view the presentation in PDF format.