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Tyczkowski featured in “ASG Best In Show”

Assistant Professor and Academic Director of the Health Information Management Technology (HIMT) program for the UWGB site, Brenda Tyczkowski, was selected to participate in the “ASG Best In Show.”Brenda T

According to their website, Actions, Solutions, Growth: University Partners (ASG) is a partnership of continuing and professional education leaders at large nonprofit and for-profit universities in North America. Formed in 2005, its mission is to collaborate on a variety of initiatives, including the development of joint educational programs that are innovative and of the highest quality.

The “Best In Show” project is a collaboration of three institutional partners: University of Wisconsin-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning; University of California, Irvine, Distance Learning Center; and University of Washington, Professional & Continuing Education. These three organizations are part of a larger group of institutions (ASG) that work together on a wide range of online learning initiatives. Representatives from the three universities met to develop a platform for faculty to share their online teaching experiences with other faculty. The result is a website that showcases how experienced online faculty design, develop, and teach online courses.

Listen and learn about Tyczkowski’s online teaching experiences on her page of “Best In Show!”

Nursing students visit Preble High School

This past Wednesday, eight of our nursing students from the NUR447 Leadership and Management course, along with Professor Tyczkowski, visited Preble High School in Green Bay, WI, to meet with students in the Phuture Phoenix FLITE program. One of the responsibilities of a nurse leader is to serve as an advocate for the profession, among the public. The opportunity to interact with the students from Preble High provided a great opportunity to put this into action.FLITE @ Preble High

FLITE (which stands for Future Leaders Inspired Through Empowerment) is an after school group at Preble High School targeted at college awareness and increasing students’ high school graduation and going off to higher education. Students from the FLITE program on Wednesday night, were engaged and curious about what the college experience is like. They had questions about what it is like to be a nurse, how to choose a career, study tips, etc.

UWGB students shared why they became nurses, the various paths taken to become a nurse and what area of nursing they work in. The discussion really flowed back and forth, with lots of laughter, great questions and a sense of excitement about both nursing and college life. The hour was up in no time!

The following students from NUR447 Leadership and Management were the participating nursing students: Jessica Barszcz, Nicole Paschke, Melissa Buckmaster, Lacey Busse, Amanda Hoffman, Jessica Ronk, Curt Rowen and Ruth Scheck.

Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award – 2015 Call for Nominations

The UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing is issuing a Call for Nominations for the 2015 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 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 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); Phone; 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 .

Gallagher-Lepak and Reilly publish article on E-learning

Nursing faculty members Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Janet Reilly, in collaboration with Dr. Cheryl M. Killion from Case Western Reserve University, published an article titled, Are Virtual Classrooms Colorblind? The article explains that E-learning provides education opportunities for all students and is increasingly more visible in nursing education. Issues on availability to students, usage, and quality of E-learning are also argued. Examination of these issues, along with reflection on the extent to which culture has been integrated into online learning, are discussed. The article also explains the format and design of E-learning that have historically been most successful.

Are Virtual Classrooms Colorblind? is available now in the March 15, 2015 issue of online Journal of Professional Nursing. It is scheduled for publication in the July-August 2015 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing (hard copy journal).

Now Accepting Student Poster Submissions

The 2015 PHN Conference will include a Student Poster Reception on Tuesday, August 4 from 5:00 – 6:00pm at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Stevens Point, WI.

The Poster Reception allows us to showcase a more diverse range of projects, featuring the many public health nursing student programs and projects from around Wisconsin. It’s also a great opportunity for one-on-one conversations between the conference participants and poster presenters. Students can take advantage of this opportunity to speak to fellow students and future colleagues about their work.

Please share this invitation with students you know or submit your poster abstract for consideration today!

Nursing Programs Accreditation Site Visit

CCNE Site VisitThe Professional Programs in Nursing completed an accreditation site visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) this week as a step in the process of reaffirmation of accreditation for the BSN program and initial accreditation for the MSN program. Four site visitors were on campus this week (March 2 – 4) reviewing documents and meeting with nursing students, faculty, community members, and various departments around campus.  At yesterday’s site visit exit summary meeting, the lead site visitor (Dr. Gloria Greene) described to a crowd in the Union Alumni A their positive findings. Their site visit report will be forwarded to CCNE for review and the determination of approval of accreditation is anticipated by October.

Nursing faculty & alumnus’ research published

Four of our very own nursing faculty and BSN alumnus were recently published in the Nursing Administration Quarterly publication. Nursing faculty, Drs. Tyczkowski, Vandenhouten, Reilly, and Kubsch along with Dr. Bansal from the College of Business and BSN alumnus Raelynn Jakkola conducted research on Emotional intelligence (EI) and nursing leadership styles among nurse managers.

Their research found that less than 12.5% of nurses aspire to leadership roles, noting lack of support and stress as major factors in their decision not to pursue this area of practice. Psychological resiliency, described as the ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity, is key to successful nurse managers. Emotional intelligence (EI) is a related concept to resiliency and is another noteworthy predictor of leadership and management success.

Their study was undertaken to determine the level of and relationship between EI and leadership style of nurse managers employed in Wisconsin and Illinois facilities. A descriptive, exploratory study design was utilized, with a convenience sample of nurse managers working in 6 large Midwestern health systems. Nurse managers were invited to participate in the study by their employer, completing the online consent form and the demographic, Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) Form 5X and the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-I 2.0) surveys. Statistically significant positive relationships were noted between EI and transformational leadership and the outcomes of leadership (extra effort, effectiveness, and satisfaction). No statistically significant relationships were noted between EI and transactional or laissez-faire leadership styles.

Research Presentation at AACN

AACN ConferenceUW-Green Bay graduate nursing faculty research on emotional intelligence and leadership styles in nurse managers will be presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Education Conference: Future Perspective  for Master’s Nursing Education held in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The interdisciplinary research team consisted of Professor Gaurav Bansal from the Cofrin School of Business; nursing professors Drs. Brenda Tyczkowski, Christine Vandenhouten, Mimi Kubsch, Janet Reilly and recent BSN student graduate, Raelynn Jakkola.  AACN is the parent institution of the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, the accreditation body for nursing programs. UW Green Bay will host CCNE evaluators at their re-accreditation visit next week, Monday, March 2 – 4, 2015.

A New E-Tool for Nursing Diagnosis

Dean Dr. Sue Mattison, of the College of Professional Studies, hosted an “App Party” today to celebrate the release of a new app and e-tool called NurScope™. Two of our very own nursing professors, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Dr. Heather Herdman,Dr. Herdman & Dr. Gallagher-Lepak with the collaboration of NANDA International, Inc. (NANDA-I) have just released a new e-tool, NurScope™, allowing nurses, nurse educators, and nursing students to move more accurately from assessment to nursing diagnosis. Downloadable to an Android tablet or smartphone, NurScope™ covers the scope of nursing diagnoses and it’s right at your fingertips!

The NurScope™ app is described on the NANDA-I site as the key to fully grasping nursing diagnosis and accurately applying diagnoses in clinical scenarios. Their ongoing research project conducted between NANDA-I and UW-Green Bay will continue to improve the decision support information available within the tool, drawing from research on diagnoses conducted worldwide. Users can explore nursing diagnoses via three different pathways—by domain, diagnostic focus, and nursing diagnosis label. NurScope™ enables users to identify priority nursing diagnoses by following three easy steps:

  • Select the e-tool appropriate diagnostic indicators, based on nursing assessment and other patient data.
  • When presented with a list of potential diagnoses, review the details of each to refine, validate and prioritize the most accurate diagnosis(es).
  • Document your decisions by emailing a summary of your work to your professor.

NurScope™ is a new interactive e-tool and new way of thinking about nursing diagnosis. Available now on the Apple App store and Google play!

MSN Student selected for Excellence in Nursing Award

UW-Green Bay MSN student, Jason Mattson (RN, BSN, CCRN), has been selected as the 2014 Carol & Robert Bush Excellence in Nursing Award recipient. Several of his colleagues and staff from Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, WI, along with Carol and Robert Bush, were on hand this morning to announce his award. Mattson was extremely surprised, and very thankful and humble to have received this award.Jason Mattson - Bellin

Fourteen years ago, Carol and Robert Bush approached Bellin Health with their wish to establish this award to recognize RN’s because of the outstanding care they received from Bellin. This prestigious award has been given to a well-deserving nurse every year since then. Each year, Mr. & Mrs. Bush personally review every nomination and they are impressed by the many inspiring stories and great work that accompany them.

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding results in the field of direct (face-to-face) patient care by an RN. It is intended to award those who provide the highest quality care. The nominee should provide exceptional performance in care given directly to a patient and may also be involved in improving a process or procedure so that other providers can improve their ability to meet patient’s needs and enhance the quality of care. Individuals eligible for this prestigious award must be:

  • A Registered Nurse within Bellin Health System
  • Presently employed by Bellin Health as either full-time, part-time or casual part time
  • Serving in a direct (face-to-face) patient care role

Mattson completed his BSN degree at UW-Green Bay in 2006, and joined the Bellin ICU as a staff nurse in 2007. He is anticipating to graduate with his MSN in Management & Leadership in Health Systems from UW-Green Bay at the end of this summer, 2015. Mattson completed and passed the rigorous Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification, and is a member of the Bellin Clinical Advancement Program (CAP).

According to his ICU leader, Mattson has received commendations and letters of thanks from patients who were grateful and noted how he would “go above and beyond” in providing care. He willingly shares his patient care knowledge, skills, andJason Mattson Award Winner expertise with other nurses by teaching hemodynamic classes to his colleagues in the ICU and 12 lead electrocardiogram classes to nurses throughout the Bellin Health system. Aware of the need to promote excellence in bedside care to nurses at all levels of practice, he presents twice a year to novice Bellin nurses enrolled in the Wisconsin Nurse Residency Program about the critical assessment and skills needed for early recognition and treatment of sepsis in hospitalized patients.

Each year, the winner receives a Lladro sculpture of a nurse, a $5,000 cash award, and a memento of the award presentation. He will be formally recognized at the annual Bellin Health VIP event on April 9th at the Lambeau Field Atrium. Congratulations, Jason, on your very much deserved award.