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Shawano Co., WI Public Health Nurse Position

Shawano County, Wisconsin is looking to fill an open Public Health Nurse position.  The position reports to the Health Officer/Director and provides professional public health nursing services in home, clinic, and community health settings.  Services include assessment, care and referral, policy development and assurance.  Promotes health and provides health education in areas of chronic illness, communicable diseases, nutrition, safety, tobacco control and wellness; coordinates various health care programs including maternal and child health, immunizations, women’s health, lead poisoning prevention, oral health, school health, preparedness and other programs.

Hours:  This is a full-time, exempt position working 37.5 per week, typically Monday thru Friday, normally 8:00-4:30 p.m.   

Wage:  Wage rate is $39,721 – $41,983 annually  DOQ.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please complete the job application available through the Shawano County website ( and return to the Department of Administration no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.   A resume and letter of interest must be included with application along with proof of nursing credentials.

Dr. Christine Vandenhouten Named Chair of Nursing

Dr. Christine Vandenhouten has been named the Chair of the Professional Programs in Nursing, starting her new position on July 1, 2016.  She has been on the UW-Green Bay Nursing faculty since 2008 following 17 years as an Associate Professor at Bellin College.  She also served in a variety of staff positions in Public Health, Perioperative Nursing and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Her professsional interests include Professional Nursing Assessment and Program Evaluation in Higher Education and Population Programs; Political Involvement/Civic Engagement of Nurses and Health Professionals; Credentialing and Certification in Nursing; Interprofessional Education, Research Methods; Design and Survey Development; and Health Policy.

Dr. Vandenhouten earned her BSN from Marian College, MSN from UW-Oshkosh, and her PhD in Nursing at Marquette University with an emphasis on Nursing Education and Vulnerable Populations.  She has been active faculty member in the RN to BSN programs, MSN in Leadership & Management in Health Systems, and is the Academic Director of the new MS in Health & Wellness Management which launches this fall.  Dr. Vandenhouten has also lead the Nursing & Health Travel Course to Cuernavaca, Mexico for a number of years.

The Professional Programs in Nursing welcome Dr. Vandenhouten in this new role and look forward to her leadership in the future of our nursing and health studies programs.

Dr. Gallagher-Lepak new Dean of Health, Education and Social Welfare

Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Chair of the Professional Programs in Nursing since 2012, has been promoted to the Dean of the new College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, effective July 1, 2016.  Professor Gallagher-Lepak has served on the faculty of the Nursing programs at UW-Green Bay since 2003.  She earned her BSN from Marquette University, MSN from UW-Milwaukee, and PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison. She has over 25 years of clinical practice and scholarship in E-learning, clinical reasoning, nursing diagnosis and other clinical issues including pharmacology in rehabilitation case management and depression.

UW-Green Bay recently re-organized into a four academic college model.  The Professional Programs in Nursing, Education and Social Work are under the new College of Health, Education and Social Welfare. Dr. Gallagher -Lepak retains her Professorship in Nursing, but is excited by the possibility of growing all of the programs in the new college.  Congratulations to Dean Gallagher-Lepak!

UW-Green Bay Launches New Master of Science in Health & Wellness Management

Dr. Christine Vandenhouten is pleased to announce UW-Green Bay, in conjunction with UW-Extension, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior is launching the new online Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management (MSHWM) program starting with Fall Semester of 2016. The program has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission and has started accepting applications.

The MSHWM curriculum focuses on program budgeting, legal and policy issues, strategic planning, change management, systems thinking, marketing, and communication. The program is designed for working health care professionals and aims to strengthen and expand knowledge of corporate wellness and health promotion issues. The master’s degree is ideal for students with bachelor’s degrees in community health, health education, kinesiology, exercise science, nutrition, health promotion, recreation management, and human resources.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job growth for the health and wellness industry from 2014 to 2024 is 13%, higher than most other fields. Opportunities for qualified health and wellness management professionals exist in virtually every sector of the workforce: service industries, manufacturing, community agencies, the insurance industry, healthcare systems, educational institutions, and more. The MSHWM degree prepares people for positions as corporate wellness administrator, director of fitness/wellness, wellness program manager, community health and wellness director, health management consultant, and health promotions adviser.

Dr. Vandenhouten, Chair of the Professional Programs in Nursing, serves as the MSHWM Academic Director at UW-Green Bay. She reports, “We are excited to offer this innovative new program and look forward to having our first students apply and start this September.”

For more information about the program visit  our website, call 920-465-2826 (or 877-895-3276), or email .


Call for Nominations for 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award – Due August 31, 2016

The UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing is issuing a Call for Nominations for the 2016 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 by August 31, 2016. Nominations are reviewed by a selection committee.  The award recipient will be notified by September 15, 2016. 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. Also 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 .

Sheboygan County (WI) Public Health Supervisor Open Position

The Sheboygan County Health & Human Services Department has an opening for a dynamic, results oriented professional to oversee the department’s public health communicable disease and emergency preparedness programs and related community services.  This is a full time exempt position and has an annual starting salary of $59,822 to $89,734 based on prior experience and qualifications.


A public health nurse, in addition to being licensed as a registered nurse under ch. 441, Stats., shall have one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a nursing program approved by the board of nursing under s. 441.01 (3), Stats., and ch. N 1, or accredited by the national professional nursing education accrediting organization. The program shall include preparation in public health nursing or community health nursing.
  • A master’s degree from a nursing program accredited by the national professional nursing education accrediting organization. The program shall include preparation in public health nursing or community health nursing. Three (3) years of leading community initiatives and/or facilitating teams focused on public health issues. Experience in Performance Management, Community Health Improvement Planning, Communicable Disease follow-up, Human Health Hazard Investigations and Foodborne/Waterborne outbreaks preferred.
  • Supervisory experience desired.
  • Graduate work in public health preferred.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on Monday, July 11th, 2016.

Please reference: JOB POSTING #2016 – 42; Health and Human Services Supervisor Public Health position when submitting your application for employment which is located on the Sheboygan County shared drive/Sheboygan County/Human Resources/Forms/Internal Application for Employment.


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Wanted: Nursing Instructors

UW-Green Bay, New Video Campaign Helping to Meet Region and State’s Urgent Demand for Nursing Educators and Nurses

Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak gets nervous when she looks into her crystal ball and sees where the nursing profession and regional healthcare needs are headed. The picture isn’t particularly pretty.

“The nurse and nursing faculty workforce shortage ahead have the potential to impact both the quality and availability of healthcare in communities across our region,” says Dr. Gallagher-Lepak, a nursing educator herself and chairperson of the Nursing Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Not having enough nurses to meet future regional demand for healthcare service is one thing. Not having enough teachers to teach nurses and in turn fill that gap is a double whammy. According to the Wisconsin Center for Nursing, Wisconsin could see a shortage of at least 20,000 nurses by 2035—that’s only 20 years away. The lack of nurse educators contributes to the nurse shortage in Northeast Wisconsin and across the state and country. Dr. Gallagher-Lepak is working with fellow nursing educators across the state on efforts to change that trend.

Nurses for Wisconsin, a partnership between University of Wisconsin System nursing programs at UW-Green Bay, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Stevens Point put to work a $3.2 million Economic Development Incentive Grant program a few years ago to address the nurse educator shortage and recruit faculty. The grant supported fellowship and education loan forgiveness programs to encourage nurses to pursue doctoral degrees or postdoctoral training and assume nurse educator positions in Wisconsin. In turn, these nurse educators will teach for three years in a Wisconsin nursing program with the hope they will remain in the state as nurse educators.

“The demand for nursing services continues to grow as we move to a greater focus on preventive care, as well as handle healthcare needs of an aging population,” Dr. Gallagher-Lepak notes. “UW-System nursing programs have worked hard over the last decade to grow the number of graduates from nursing programs in the state. We need more nurse educators to continue this effort and continue to increase the number of student seats in nursing programs.”

While the partnership is gaining traction (33 Wisconsin nurses obtained their doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) or their PHD in nursing since the program kicked off in 2013), the effort is only a start to solving the problem of the nursing faculty shortage, not only in the UW System but across the state and nation.

The partnership this week launched a series of videos focused on the urgent demand for nurse educators within the University of Wisconsin System, including Why Consider UW-Green Bay for a Degree in Nursing Education.

Partners like Dr. Gallagher-Lepak and others hope the video series will get the word out about the shortage and attract candidates to the award-winning programs in the UW System.

Faculty members, clinical staff and students share their personal experiences and highlight unique aspects of their specific nursing programs. The videos also emphasize the growing demand for nurse educators and encourage nurses to consider this option as a career path.

“Marketing campaigns, like our video series, at the national level that focus on our quality UW System nursing programs and the students and faculty in the colleges and schools of nursing are necessary to compete for the highly sought-after faculty candidates,” said Dr. Linda K. Young, Dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences and principal investigator on the proposal that led to the UW System grant.

The Professional Program in Nursing at UW-Green Bay provides an opportunity for Registered Nurses (RNs) holding an associate degree or diploma in nursing to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). For more information go to

Spring/Summer of 2016 Graduation Video


Congratulations to our Spring and Summer 2016 graduates. We wish you the best of luck in your careers! For those unable to attend the graduation ceremony, we have assembled a “Virtual Graduation” on our You Tube account. The video uses composite video from previous graduation ceremonies, but recognizes our Spring and Summer graduates. Click the following link to experience the sights and sounds of commencement on the UW-Green Bay campus: 2016 Spring Graduation

The following is the list of the BSN graduates sorted by state of residence.

Colorado:            JoAnn Dietrich, Highlands Ranch

Connecticut:       Bozena Roberts, Oxford

Florida:                Jenifer Raymond, Rockledge

Illinois:                 Sarah Eichhorn, Streamwood; Colleen Sheese, Bloomington

Michigan:            Nicole Miller and Elicia Paasch, Menominee

Minnesota:         David Scheller, Prior Lake

North Carolina:  Sarah Rodriguez, Cary

North Dakota:    Alysia Wiley, Northwood

Pennsylvania:     Margaret Roberts, Philadelphia

Washington:       Rachel Guettner, Pasco; Anthony Jones, Woodinville

Wisconsin:          Katie Zak, Ashland; Nicole Paschke, Bellevue; Nicole Mulock, Brookfield; Ashley Brueggen, Cashton; Shelley Corey, Cecil; Brian Biese, Dane; Brittani Hubatch, Jennifer Moore, Jessica Nehring and Jordan Schulz, De Pere; Carrie Sellner, Denmark; Brittany Wagner, Dodgeville; Lindy Homan, Durand; Katie Quintanilla, Elkhorn; Alexis Zambon, Florence; Stacey Atkielski, Germantown; Laura Caelwarts, Danielle Davis, Lisa Garbe, Heather Haucke, Kate Hauterbrook, Kelly Miller, Laura Norton, Courtney Strombach, Katie Warden, Elissa Weger and Amanda Woodward, Green Bay; Amanda Quinonez, Kenosha; Brenda Dembinski, Kewaunee; Jenny Vang, Little Suamico; Nicole Scherer, Lodi;  Nicole McFarland and Carol Siewert, Madison; Cory Salo, Manitowoc; Jennifer Johnson, Menominee; Kristine Jovanovic, Merrill; Amy Sondelski, Mosinee; Kim Hansen, Muskego; Heather Sweig, Niagara; Mary Lange, Platteville; Cassandra Tarmann, Pound; Kelly Kennedy and Melissa Salaam, Rhinelander; Nicole Wirth, Rice Lake; Tabitha Landgreen, Superior; Michelle Knaup, Tigerton; Tammi Kostka, Tomah; Corinne Smogoleski, Two Rivers; and Jackie Corvino, Wausau

The following is the list of Health Information Management and Technology graduates.

Illinois:                 Caroline Bohan, Des Plaines

Wisconsin:          Danielle Storch, Antigo; Chee Thao, Appleton; Stephanie Hessler, Chippewa Falls; Angela Mirsberger and Heather Olmsted, De Pere; Hillary Sieg, Eau Claire; Christopher Harrison, Fish Creek; Logan Krueger and Nicole Maedke, Green Bay; Liza Mbembe, La Crosse; Alyssa Christian, New London; Sarah Leiterman, Plover; Gregina Deacon, Racine; David Merkt, St. Nazianz; Jordan St. Clair, Shiocton; Amanda Hodson, Waukesha; and Melissa Metz, Westboro

Job Alert: Brown County (WI) Hiring a Public Health Nurse: Communicable Disease

JOB ALERT: Brown County (WI) is hiring for a Public Health Nurse: Communicable Disease. See following details and how to apply:


Congratulations to UW-Green Bay Men’s Basketball Team!!

Bones Basketball 3-16Bones, “unofficial mascot” of the Professional Program in Nursing, dresses in UW-Green Bay Phoenix attire in honor of the Men’s Basketball Team victory over Wright State to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament.  Led by first year coach Linc Darner and Tournament MVP Jordan Fouse, the Phoenix won the Horizon League Tournament Championship and are going to the “Big Dance” for the first time in 20 years.  Fouse, Carrington Love and Charles Cooper were selected as members of the All-Tournament Team.

The Phoenix will learn who their opponent will be during the CBS Selection Show on Sunday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. (CDT).  Help Bones and the Nursing Department cheer on the Phoenix as they dance their way to victory in the NCAA Tournament.