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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.

Student Outreach Specialist Position Announcement

The Professional Programs in Nursing are looking to fill the position of Student Outreach Specialist.  For details, see: .


Wisconsin nursing colleagues call to action

WONEA few weeks ago, you were notified the Wisconsin Legislators in the Senate were considering bills which support the approval of a Nurses’ License Plate for Wisconsin nurses, friends and families.  We are happy to announce similar bills are being circulated NOW in the Assembly.  These bills are similar in nature to those proposed in the Senate.  Please call or email your Representative in the Assembly today.  Ask their  support Assembly Bill 702 which supports a bill to create a nurses’ license and for their support of Assembly Bill 754 which eliminates the need for legislation to create a new license plate.  We are not confident both bills will be passed therefore their support of both bills is essential.

Although we provided testimony to the Assembly’s Transportation Committee this week, it is unclear if both bills will progress to a full vote in the Assembly. Therefore we ask you contact your representative today.  You can easily find your legislator at this web site, email or call them directly.

Help support the Kubsch Nursing Scholarship

Lavender SpritzerUW-Green Bay and the Professional Program in Nursing are looking for your help to fund the Mimi and Ken Kubsch Endowed Scholarship to support our nursing students. Dr. Sylvia (Mimi) Kubsch, along with the help of Sweet Willow Naturals of Green Bay, has developed a Lavender Lullaby Aromatherapy Spritzer. Dr. Kubsch’s interest in holistic nursing, and her belief that nurses should understand and use integrative healthcare with patients/families, was the creative force behind creating the essential oil with benefits for relaxation and sleep. Your purchase of this spritzer helps support the Kubsch scholarship while providing you with an evidence-based relaxation/sleep support tool that doesn’t have the side effects of many other options available on the market today.

Cost of the spritzer is $9.95 a bottle. $2 from your purchase of each bottle is a tax-deductible donation to the Kubsch Endowed Scholarship. The spritzer can be purchased at the following locations:

The Mimi and Ken Kubsch Endowed Scholarship has been created to recognize Dr. Mimi Kubsch and her late husband. Mimi and Kenny’s commitment to nursing education and healthcare has led to establishing the endowed scholarship. Scholarships have been available to less than 2% of UW-Green Bay nursing students. The average UW-Green Bay graduate has an average of $26,000 in loan debt. By making a Nursing Degree more affordable for students, the talent and quality of the healthcare community will flourish.

Mimi KubschDr. Sylvia (Mimi) Kubsch began her career at UW-Green Bay in 1980 when she was hired to develop the RN to BSN program. She has been instrumental in expanding the program, making it available online with the BSN@HOME program for Wisconsin students in 1995 and then BSN-LINC in 2000 for students across the U.S. Most recently, she assisted in starting the UW-Green Bay MSN Program.

Dr. Kenneth Kubsch, Mimi’s husband, began his medical practice in 1975 in Internal Medicine. He served his patients at the West Side Clinic and later Prevea until his retirement in 2006. He was a trusted and caring doctor, even making home visits when this practice had long since been discontinued by most others in the medical community. Ken passed away in 2009.

If you would like to make a gift donation to the Kubsch Scholarship, you can do so through the UW-Green Bay Foundation website or by calling (920) 465-2074.

Wisconsin AHEC Summer 2016 opportunities

AHECWisconsin Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) is pleased to announce their Summer 2016 opportunities for health professions students at any Wisconsin college or university. All interested students are encouraged to apply for these AHEC summer programs. The selection process is competitive and are expecting to receive a strong group of applications again this year.

Community Health Internship Program (CHIP)
An 8-week internship ($2,400 stipend) to work full time in a local health department or community agency. The full-time schedule requires a commitment of 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day during the 8 week internship. 70+ sites are offered June 6 – July 29, 2016. Each intern is hosted by an experienced professional, and participates in additional curriculum and enrichment activities coordinated by AHEC. A wide range of focus areas are available among the internships, offering opportunities for any academic major, all with the common theme of community health. Applications due Monday, February 15, 2016.  CHIP application:

Wisconsin Express
A week-long cultural immersion at a regional community site. 12 sites are offered May 15-20, 2016. Small interprofessional groups of college students learn about and discuss the healthcare resources and challenges of the local population. Program fee is $200 for the week (includes 5 nights lodging, meals, curriculum, materials, and special activities). Applications are due Friday, February 12, 2016 for the summer program. Wisconsin Express application:

Home to Houston with a BSN

Teresa Talmadge & Susan Gallagher-LepakNursing Program graduate Teresa Talmadge met UW-Green Bay Nursing Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak for the first time (in person, at least) prior to mid-year commencement Saturday (Dec. 19) at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Talmadge, of suburban Kingwood, Texas, near Houston, made her first trip to the UW-Green Bay campus this weekend to receive her bachelor’s in Nursing. She took all of her coursework online, as many students choose to do given the solid reputation of UW-Green Bay’s online BSN option.

She left cool 60-degree weather in Houston for a brisk 20-degree day in Green Bay, but relished the chance to soak up the warm commencement-day atmosphere.

Originally from Northwestern Wisconsin (St. Croix Falls), Talmadge earned her nursing diploma a dozen years ago at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She relocated to Texas and today works as an emergency room nurse.

Knowledgeable about the quality of the UW System from earlier studies at Stevens Point, she followed a friend’s recommendation to enroll online with UW-Green Bay when she decided a bachelor’s degree (and perhaps graduate studies to follow) would suit her nursing career and interests.

“It’s a very good program,” Talmadge says of UW-Green Bay Nursing. “I would absolutely recommend it to others.”

This entry was posted in News and tagged commencement, Nursing, online learning on December 19, 2015 by Christopher Sampson.

2015 Fall Graduation Virtual Video

Congratulations to our Fall Semester 2015 graduates. For those unable to attend the graduation ceremony, we have assembled a “Virtual Graduation” on our YouTube channel. The video uses video from a previous graduation ceremony and recognizes all of our Fall 2015 graduates. Click the following link to experience the sights and sounds of commencement at the Weidner Center on the UW-Green Bay campus:

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 47 of our graduates this year. This includes 39 BSN students and 8 HIMT students. We wish you the best of luck in your careers!

Health Information Management Technology

Brown County — Irina Guba**, Mai Lor, and Sierra Valentine, Green Bay; Fond Du Lac — Amanda Preissner***, Ripon; Outagamie — Indy Gorges, Appleton; Winnebago — Kendra Kuehl, Neenah; Other States — Kerryann Fraser*, Lauderhill, Fla.; Michelle Roy, Crystal Falls, Mich.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brown County — Terri Zahorik***, De Pere; Trisha Backus*, Stefanie Garrett and Jessica Ronk, Green Bay; and Patricia Stukenberg, Suamico; Dane — Allison Dopf, Madison; Dodge — Rachel Heckenkamp*, Horicon; Door — Ann Mancheski, Sturgeon Bay; Eau Claire — Sara Sandager, Eau Claire; Manitowoc — Thomas Rennicke, Kiel; and Kelly Gagnon*, Manitowoc; Marathon — Katie Hall, Wausau; and Ruth Cunningham, Weston; Marinette — Vallery Krah, Marinette; Oconto — Lori Schaden***, Oconto Falls; Rock — Nicole Simpson, Beloit; Saint Croix — Jessica Knops***, Glenwood City; Sauk — Stephanie Killoy, Spring Green; Sheboygan — Andrea DuMez*, Sheboygan; Vilas — Juliette Hoffman**, Eagle River; Washington — Marcie Giese, Hartford; and James Hale III, West Bend; Waukesha — Jennifer Nick, Pewaukee; Waupaca — Leslie Westberg, Ogdensburg; Winnebago — Teresa Coonen, Menasha; Other States — California: Andrea Stewart, Chico; Colorado: Megan Rhode, Denver; Illinois: Aeysha Sayeeduddin, Gurnee, and Holly Nally, Round Lake Heights; Massachusetts: Monique Lariviere, Marstons Mills; Michigan: Sarah Rowell, Kingsford, and Nicole Tebo, Stephenson; Minnesota: Stephanie Davis, Saint Paul, and Ayan Sharif, St Paul Park; New Jersey: Dorothy Murray, Whiting; New York: Avi Klein, Far Rockaway, Queens; Texas: Teresa Talmadge, Kingwood; Washington: Michelle Barraza, Bremerton, and Britney Woods, Spanaway.