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UW-GREEN BAY Admits First Masters of Science in Nursing Students

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) Professional Program in Nursing proudly announces nineteen (19) registered nurses (RNs) have been accepted to the first cohort in the new online Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management in Health Systems Program.   Living in sixteen cities and six states across the country with undergraduate degrees from four universities (including a majority of UWGB alumni), the new admits will begin online MSN courses in Fall of 2013. The average age of those admitted is 42 years and the average grade point average is 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale). 

The newly admitted RNs aspire to management and leadership roles and practice in diverse areas ranging from the intensive care unit (ICU) to home care and public health, long term care, surgery, cardiac care, mental health, emergency services, oncology and correctional nursing.  Many already have manager or leader roles such as directors, team leaders, quality measures, vice-presidents of business, and even a hospital chief nursing officer.  

 The UWGB faculty and staff consulted with nurse managers and leaders across the nation in developing the curriculum for the MSN program.  The curriculum covers 34 credits in twelve online courses delivered over two years (six consecutive academic periods).  Students will participate in practicum placements during the second year at sites close to their homes.

For more information regarding the UWGB MSN Leadership & Management in Health Systems, go to the program website at: or email

Spring 2013 Graduation Video

Congratulations to our Spring and Summer 2013 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.

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.

Brown — Ann Gegare, Leslie Jackson, and Marlene Rasmussen, De Pere; and Misty Anderson, Pamela Corsten*, Shannon Duerschmidt, Jennifer McFall, Diane Micheau, Kalyn Moesch***, Kathleen Polum, Rebecca Schoeneck**, and Stephen Trimble, Green Bay.
Calumet — Amy Fischer***, Brillion.
Dane — Anna Goolsby***, Sun Prairie.
Door — Kelly Dahms* and Dawn Wagner, Sturgeon Bay.
Kewaunee — Wendy Olszewski*, Casco.
Lincoln — Jennifer Bates, Gleason.
Manitowoc — Rachelle Valleskey**, Manitowoc.
Marinette — Jean Sanborn** and Michelle Velaj, Marinette.
Milwaukee — Randall Chiappetti and Mary Xiong, Milwaukee; Tara Peloza, West Allis; and Molly Donohue, Whitefish Bay.
Monroe — Holly Boisen, Cashton.
Oconto — Lindsey Feldt, Oconto.
Oneida — Crystal Raith, Pelican Lake.
Outagamie — Julie Johnson** and Leslie Westberg, Kaukauna.
Portage — Valerie Federwitz, Plover.
Saint Croix — Samantha Hopp, Baldwin; and Deanna Freese, Woodville.
Shawano — Laureen Matson, Wittenberg.
Vilas — Amanda Kent, Conover; Sabrina Spets, Eagle River; and Erin Hinton, Phelps.
Walworth — Jenny Krueger, Elkhorn.
Winnebago — Alicia Schultz, Menasha; and Shanna Larsen*, Winneconne.
Other states — David Kirera, Brandon, Florida; Anita Brooks*, Tamarac, Florida; Heather Mathews, Bartlett, Illinois; Keely Zunker, Freeport, Illinois; Khaliun Reed, Huntley, Illinois; Starrlene Grossman, Sycamore, Illinois; Ramona Shimeall, Topeka, Kansas; Hannah Green, Florence, Kentucky; Heather Khan, Glenn Dale, Maryland; Denise Ciochini, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts; Valerie Arsenault, Centerville, Massachusetts; Jennifer Christensen, Buffalo Lake, Minnesota; Gina Conhartoski, Crystal, Minnesota; Stanislaus Wahinya, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; Steve Berres, Rochester, Minnesota; Nichole Thompson, Rochester, Minnesota; James Osei, Woodbury, Minnesota; Erin Breske, Brookings, South Dakota; Allece Merchant, Frisco, Texas; Shaila Sharma, Frisco, Texas; Lisa Ortiz, Springfield, Virginia; and Christina Hummes, Tacoma, Washington.

Dr. Gallagher-Lepak Appointed to Nursing Education Collaborative

The Wisconsin Center for Nursing recently received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Program (SiP) grant, “Taking the LEAD for Nursing in Wisconsin: Leadership, Educational Advancement and Diversity.” Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, chair of Nursing, has been appointed to the Academic Progression Learning Collaborative as part of this grant. Other work groups being developed include a diversity collaboration and a leadership collaboration. The Wisconsin Center for Nursing and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative have taken a statewide lead in implementing national initiatives for nursing including the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, “The Future of Nursing”.

Kappa Pi Honor Society of Nursing Celebrates 25 Years

On May 6, 2013, Kappa Pi- at-Large Chapter will be recognized for 25 years of existence and furtherance of the purposes attributable to the prestigious and renowned Nursing Honor Society of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).  Sigma Theta Tau is the only international nursing honor society with chapters located in nearly 100 countries worldwide.  The original charter of Kappa Pi-at-Large Chapter was signed into existence on May, 6, 1988.  This charter was a collaborative effort and co-sponsorship of local nursing professionals who were dedicated to the mission and purposes of Sigma Theta Tau International.  Since that time, Kappa Pi invites new members to join and holds an annual induction ceremony commemorating this event.  It is a benefit to join and a privilege to belong to the only internationally recognized nursing honor society.

This year, a celebration commemorating the annual induction of new members and recognizing the 25th anniversary of Kappa Pi-at-Large Chapter is planned for April 20, 2013, at The Clarion in downtown Green Bay.  Community Nurse Leaders and qualifying students from UW-Green Bay’s Professional Nursing Program, as well as students from Bellin College, School of Nursing, have been invited to join this prestigious organization.  New inductees must demonstrate superior achievement, high professional standards, leadership qualities, and a commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.  For more information, visit the Kappa Pi website at

Practicum Coordinator/Advisor Position Open

The Professional Program in Nursing at UW-Green Bay is seeking to hire a Practicum Coordinator/Advisor for our programs.  The position is a 60% FTE position. For further details about this opportunity, visit: To ensure consideration, submit applications materials by April 9, 2013. UW-Green Bay is an EO/AA Employer. 

UW-Green Bay is a great place to work. It is a comprehensive regional university widely known for its innovative interdisciplinary programs. The university enrolls over 6,000 students in approximately 40 programs of study and awards degrees at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s level. Programs offered through the Professional Programs in Nursing include RN-BSN Completion (campus and online), online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and online Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT). 

Thanks for reviewing this position posting and/or passing it to anyone who may be interested.

MSN Applications Accepted; Scholarship Announced!

We are proud to announce that applications are now being accepted to MSN-LINC, our new online Master of Science (MSN) Leadership and Management in Health Systems.  MSN-LINC is intended for RNs holding a BSN degree in nursing who desire advanced coursework in leadership and management to improve care at multiple levels across the continuum of healthcare settings.  Priority applications are being accepted through April 1, 2013 for enrollment in courses starting in the Fall Semester of 2013.   Additional applications may be accepted after the priority date if course sections have not been filled.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that Nurses Lounge, the professional social network for nurses, has created a $1000 scholarship. All MSN applicants accepted into the program as of July 1 will be entered into a drawing to win the scholarship.  The winner must agree to register for 6 credits for Fall Semester, 2013.  The scholarship proceeds will be applied to tuition. 

More information about the program can be found on our website or by contacting us at  To complete an application, go to: and click “Apply Now”.

BSN-LINC Student Publishes Articles

BSN-LINC student Mark Hunter was a featured speaker at the spring 2012 Canadian Vascular Access Association conference concerning the importance of nursing diagnosis.  After delivering the lecture, he was asked to submit a manuscript.  Mark and his wife, Andrea co-authored a manuscript which is being published in the Canadian Vascular Access Association Journal.  The manuscript, “Reducing the Risk for Infection: Nursing Diagnosis” is an article focusing on the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association International (NANDA I) findings and the critical role nursing diagnosis plays in improving patient safety and saving lives.

Mark also was asked to co-author a chapter in the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) book called “Biofilm Control in Drug Manufacturing”. The Chapter was created to help explain the risk of contamination in drug manufacturing and how it could affect patients.  In the chapter, Mark advocates using the nursing diagnosis of risk for infection.  The book is now available through the PDA association. 

Mark notified professors Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Heather Herdman of his articles as he was in their fall 2010 class “Nursing Diagnosis Across the Globe” and writes, “I have to admit that I’ve sent the information partly because I’m extremely proud of both of these accomplishments, but also just to express my thoughts of the importance of nursing diagnosis and the class that is offered through UWGB!  Thank you!”  Our congratulations to Mark!

BSN Student, Mark Hunter

Marshfield Clinic Scholarships Available

Marshfield Clinic (Marshfield, WI) is proud to announce the funding of a scholarship program that will benefit multiple BSN nursing students.  Total awards will be $3000.  In order to be eligible, students must be accepted into the University’s nursing program starting fall of 2013 and demonstrate financial need using the eligibility criteria found on the application.  Preference may be given to applicants who are current or former Marshfield Clinic employees or family members of employees and/or those whose permanent address is within the clinic’s service area.  Funds will be paid in the student’s name directly to the University in the fall of 2013.  Contact UW-Green Bay Nursing Advisor, Jennifer Schwahn for an application and eligibility information at or 920/465-2934.  Applications must be returned to Deanna Burt, Division of Education, Marshfield Clinic by March 18, 2013.

A Student’s Journey to Nursing

Nursing Student Marina An (left) is pictured vacationing with her mother, Roza Kim from Russia at the Rockefeller Center in New York.

Marina An has traveled a unique road to become a nurse. She came to the United States from Russia about seven years ago. In Russia, she had worked in a variety of fields including civil engineering, human resources, accounting and business. Because her credentials were not valid in America, she faced a dilemma about which career to pursue. Her sister, an anesthesiologist in Russia, suggested healthcare. Marina found that, unlike in Russia where a nurse is considered a maid of the physician, a nurse in America is an independent professional who requires a broad scope of knowledge and skills. She began working as a nurses aid while pursuing nursing education at Western Technical College in 2009. She learned about being in a healthcare setting while advancing to a nurse technician, LPN and completing her ADN in 2011.

After becoming a Registered Nurse, Marina set the personal goal of becoming a highly qualified professional in order to provide the best and safest care to clients. She realized with the increasing complexity of healthcare and rapidly expanding body of nursing knowledge, she needed a deeper knowledge of nursing practice, management and leadership skills. Marina is now a student in the UW-Green Bay BSN@HOME online track seeking her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is employed by Norseland Nursing Home, Westby, WI and at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare, Sparta, WI. She fines that the online program allows her the flexibility necessary with her busy schedule of work, family and studies.

Marina is an excellent example of the diversity of our student population that enriches learning for everyone in the program. If you would like to be featured in an upcoming student profile, contact Jan Malchow, Manager of Student Outreach at For more information about our Professional Programs in Nursing, visit our website at

Fall 2012 Commencement Video

 Congratulations to our Fall 2012 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 reognizes our Fall graduates.  Click the following link to experience the sights and sounds of commencement 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.  Those students receiving bachelor’s degrees with academic honors are indicated by *cum laude, **magna cum laude, and ***summa cum laude.

Brown — Lenny Passel*, De Pere; and Anais DeBaker, Mary Johnson, Nichole Lanaville, Hannah LeClaire, Rachel Lytie**, Colleen Malchow, Tracy Morgan***, Laura Smits, Jessica Thoreen, and Laura Zey, Green Bay.
Calumet — Darla Stebane, Brillion.
Dodge — Teresa Bloedel, Juneau.
Forest — Anne Chrisman***, Laona.
Kewaunee — Raelynn Jakkola, Luxemburg.
Manitowoc — Elizabeth Kellner**, Manitowoc.
Marinette — Shannon Schulte, Marinette; and Autumn Bickel, Porterfield.
Milwaukee — Rebecca Fredericks**, Milwaukee.
Oconto — Sondra Knedlhans, Oconto Falls.
Price — Rebecca Gustafson, Ogema.
Sheboygan — Cory Meinen***, Cedar Grove.
Vilas — Bethany Madl*, Eagle River.
Washington — John Schroder, Colgate.
Waukesha — Cheryl Lee, Waukesha.
Winnebago — Kenneth Uecker, Neenah.
Other states — Fritzie Urquico-Duarte, Mission Viejo, California; Christine Schilling***, San Diego, California; Lorene Jaggi, West Hills, California; Leann McMonigal, Crystal Lake, Illinois; Jason Brigham, Oak Park, Illinois; Rita Becker*** (distinction in the major), Ames, Iowa; Katie Bull, Ironwood, Michigan; Carrie Meeuwsen**, Kingsford, Michigan; Daniel Powell***, Menominee, Michigan; Beth Miller, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; Deborah Boyce**, Burnsville, Minnesota; Julie Pickerign, Crystal, Minnesota; Breanne Fackler, Maple Grove, Minnesota; Brandi Larson, Saint Francis, Minnesota; Beckie Langenbach, White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Jessica Veith, Silverton, Oregon; John Mutter, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; and Kathryn Shuster, Westminster, Vermont.