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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.

MSN Brochure & Application Available

We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the new Master of Science in Nursing, Leadership & Management in Health Systems.  The application can be found at: .  For more information about this new program, click on the following link to the program brochure MSN brochure or visit the MSN pages on this website at: .

New Online MSN Coming Soon – Program Update

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management in Health Systems is intended for RNs holding a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This master’s degree provides advanced coursework in leadership and management to improve care at multiple levels across the continuum of healthcare settings.  The program will be offered starting with Fall Semester of 2013.  The following information provides program highlights and entrance requirements.  Continue to check this new blog for more updates or contact us at: .  

Program Highlights

  • The program is completely online and allows nurses working and with multiple commitments to complete graduate education.  It is accessible to nurses everywhere including in rural and underserved areas. 
  • The curriculum consists of 12 graduate level courses delivered via a part time model.  Students can complete the program in 6 semesters (Fall, Spring & Summer) over two years with two courses offered each semester. 
  • Degree completion requirements include 34 credits of coursework including 9 credits of practicum (504 hours). Practicum experiences will be arranged with healthcare facilities close to students’ homes or work sites. 
  • A thesis option is not planned.  The final practicum includes a capstone project and will be presented in a format for public dissemination (e.g., manuscript for publication).

Entrance Requirements

  • This master’s degree is intended for RNs holding a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  Current RN licensure required.  GPA of 3.0 (measured on a 4.0 scale) or higher in BSN program. 
  • Graduate application must be submitted with undergraduate transcripts and evidence of receiving a grade of “C” or better in a college level inferential statistics course within the last five years. 
  • Entrance exams (e.g., GRE or MAT) are not required. 
  • A computer with Windows 7 or MAC OSX v10.7 (or higher); current Internet browser, high speed Internet access, audio and video capabilities (headset, microphone, speakers and webcam). 

Applications will be available in early 2013. Email us at: and you will be notified when you can apply!

Kappa Pi Biennial Scholarship Day 2012

The Kappa Pi Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International of the Bellin College, School of Nursing and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing invites nurses, undergraduate and graduate nursing students and other healthcare professionals to the 4th Biennial Scholarship Day 2012.  The program is scheduled for Friday, November 9th in the Alumni Rooms and 1965 Room of the University Union on the UW-Green Bay campus.  The schedule includes:

8:30- 8:55       Registration 

8:55- 9:00       Welcome                       

9:00- 10:15     Keynote “Improving Quality through Evidence-based Practice”

                           Marita Titler, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the National Nursing Practice Network, Associate Dean for Practice and Clinical Scholarship University of Michigan, School of Nursing and UMHS

10:15-10:30    Break

10:30-11:15    Poster Session               

11:15-12:00    Breakout Session 1: Through the Eyes of a Student: How Students Come To See the Whole of a Clinical Situation

                        Mary Rolloff, PhD, RN, CNE

 12:00-12:45    Lunch

 12:45-1:15     “The Future of Evidence-based Practice”

                        Dr. Marita Titler

1:15-2:00        Breakout Session 2

                        The Caring Journey: Staff Development in an Eden Alternative Facility

                        Brenda Tyczkowski, RN, DNP 

2:00-2:30        Wrap Up and Evaluations

3.75  Contact hours will be awarded.  Attendance for entire conference and completion of evaluation is required to receive the contact hours.

Registration Fees (includes lunch): $50 Active Members of Sigma Theta Tau Interenational, INC.; $65 Inactive/Non-Members; $25 Undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

Sponsor a Student: Members are invited to sponsor a student registration by sending a check to Kapp Pi and note the sponsorship on the registratoin form.

Registration Deadline is Friday, Novemeber 2, 2012.  Mail your name, address, email and phone to : Dr. Nancy Buruss, Associate Professor, BSN Program Director, Bellin College, School of Nursing, 3201 Eaton Road, Green Bay, WI 54311.  Make payment check out to Kappa Pi Chapter at Large.  Email questions to .


Mexico Study Trip – January 5-19, 2013

Dr. Christine Vandenhouten, Assistant Professor, invites all Nursing students, alumni and community members to join her to travel to Cuernavaca, Mexico – the city of Eternal Spring - from January 5-19, 2013.  Participants will learn about the Mexican Healthcare system, hear from a Mexican “Partera” or Midwife about delivering babies, explore traditional healing methods, visit cultural sites and immerse yourself in the Spanish language.  There is no language pre-requisite. Whether you are fluent or don’t speak any Spanish, there is a language class designed for you.  This course is for anyone who is interested in improving their ability to work with patients whose primary language is Spanish.

Nursing students can earn three credits (course 499) to fulfill either World Culture, Therapeutic Nursing Intervention, Special Topics in Nursing, or partial credit toward Community Health Practicum.  (An independent project to be completed by March 31, 2013 will follow the trip for students wishing the three credits.)   Cost is $2860 for airfare (out of Green Bay), meals, lodging, entrance fees, excursions and instruction.  There is also $165 International Education Application for a total cost of $3025. 

For more information go the UWGB Office of International Education website at .  Look for the Apply Now button at the bottom of the page.  If you have advising questions,  please contact either Jennifer Schwahn ( or Sharon Gajeski ( one of our Nursing Advisors by September 25.

Public Health Finance Toolkit Update

The link to the Public Health Finance Toolkit that was co-authored by Dr. Christine Vandenhouten was changed.  For those interested in reviewing the toolkit, the new link is: .

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to Launch!

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management in Health Systems degree is being planned at UW-Green Bay. The UW System Board of Regents gave final approval for this new graduate degree on June 8, 2012. Tentative plans are for this online, distance-education program to be up and running by fall of 2013. Information about the degree will be posted as it becomes available on the Professional Program in Nursing website News Page at starting in August.

 The MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems will provide high quality graduate preparation for nurse leaders in an array of  healthcare systems. The MSN degree is composed of a 34 credit curriculum delivered through a part-time 6 semester model. The curriculum includes leadership, economics and policy, informatics, financial management and program planning. Practicum courses and a final master’s project are also part of the curriculum. The program is designed for BSN prepared adult learners.

Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak Named Chair of Nursing

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor of Nursing, has been named the new Chair of the Professional Program in Nursing and Director of BSN-LINC, effective July 9.  Dr. Gallagher-Lepak has been with the Nursing Program at UW-Green Bay since 2003.  She has served as Interim Chair from 2009-2011.  Dr. Gallagher-Lepak earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology from the UW – Madison in 1996; an MSN in 1989 from UW -Milwaukee (emphasis on adjustment to chronic illness); and BSN from Marquette University in 1983.  She holds current licensure in the state of Wisconsin as a Registered Nurse and Licensed Psychologist and is a current Sigma Theta Tau member. Additionally, she serves on the state-wide BSN@HOME Steering Committee and has played an important role in the development of the newly approved Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

Congratulations to Dr. Gallagher-Lepak in her new role as Chair of Nursing.  We look forward to the program’s continued success under her leadership!