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Wisconsin AHEC announces summer 2015 opportunities

Wisconsin AHEC is pleased to announce their Summer 2015 opportunities for health professions students at any Wisconsin college or university.

Community Health Internship Program (CHIP)
An 8-week internship ($2,400 stipend) to work full time in a local health department or community agency. 70+ sites are offered June 8 – July 31. 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 16, 2015CHIP application

Wisconsin Express
A week-long cultural immersion at a regional community site. Eleven sites are offered May 17 – 22, 2015, and one site is offered over Spring Break (March 29 – April 3, 2015). 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 Monday, January 5, 2015 for Spring Break and Friday, February 13, 2015 for the summer program. Wisconsin Express application

Herdman to talk healthy living with Good Day Wisconsin

Heather HerdmanTune in Friday (Jan. 30) to Fox 11’s Good Day Wisconsin, where Assistant Prof. Heather Herdman, Nursing, will be featured in live segments at 6:15, 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. Herdman will be interviewed on herbs, essential oils and foods to keep one healthy during the winter (evidence-based, of course!). She hopes the segments will generate interest in a course she is teaching on these topics for the nonprofit Bridge-Between Retreat Center in Denmark. That course, titled “Staying Healthy This Winter: Incorporating Aromatherapy and Herbs,” runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 — more information is available at The Bridge-Between Retreat Center website. Herdman is a Bridge-Between board member.

Visiting Scholar from Brazil

Profa. Dra. Maria Márcia Bachion, a full professor at the Federal University of Goiás (Brazil), and a post-doctoral student from the Federal University of São Paulo (Brazil) is visiting the nursing program and working on research with Dr. Heather Herdman. Dr. Bachion comes from one of the federal nursing programs in Brazil with 250 undergraduate and 100 graduate (MSN and PhD) nursing students. She also is from a city of 1.2 million people and a tropical climate now of 28-30 degrees Celsius (82-86F)! Our record breaking cold is a new experience for her – one she has celebrated with an obligatory introduction to making “snow angels”! Snow Angel

Dr. Bachion is interested in establishing collaborations with nursing faculty and working on her research on clinical reasoning and nursing diagnosis in diverse areas, such as wound care, postpartum women, elderly patients and care of families. Dr. Bachion metDr. Gallagher-Lepak, Dr. Bachion, Dr. Herdman with Professor Tom Nesslein (Urban and Regional Planning) on Jan. 9 and discussed cost effectiveness research principles. She accompanied Dr. Herdman to Bellin College on January 14 to discuss pedagogical techniques for teaching clinical reasoning and nursing diagnosis with faculty. Dr. Janet Reilly will travel with Dr. Bachion on January 15 to Froedtert Hospital to spend time with nursing experts in wound care. Dr. Bachion will be completing work with Dr. Herdman on several articles for publication from her postdoctoral research while she is here.

AHEC interdisciplinary team from UWGB competes

Representing UW-Green Bay at the 2015 Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells on January 7-8, were Anita Frankhauser (dietetics graduate December 2014 and team captain), Alysia Wiley and Amanda Hoffman (RN to BSN students), and Stephanie Hessler (Health Information Management and Technology student). (Pictured left to right)AHEC interdisciplinary team from UWGB

The team researched, wrote and submitted an executive summary with interdisciplinary solutions to a case study involving COPD patients, which was rated highly and enabled them to compete in the final round of competition against 10 teams from private and public universities across the state in the annual event sponsored by the Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Using interdisciplinary health care perspectives and experiences, population-focused care in a health system, root cause analysis and cost/benefit analysis, the team collaborated for 3 months to create their presentation, which they titled; Breathless No More: 360 degrees of COPD care.

Sara Schmitz (Director of Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics) provided faculty guidance to the team. The team from UW-Madison earned 1st place and the $3000 award.

Request for CCNE Third Party Comment Letters

The UW-Green Bay Professional Programs in Nursing are undergoing accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  (BSN program is seeking reaffirmation of accreditation and MSN program is a new applicant for accreditation.)  In preparation for the March 1-4, 2015 accreditation site visit, we are requesting “Third-party” comment letters to be sent to CCNE.  For more information, read more here: CCNE_community of interest

Fall 2014 Nursing Graduation Video

Congratulations to our Fall 2014 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 channel. The video uses actual video from the December 13 ceremony and recognizes all of our Fall 2014 graduates. Click the following link to experience the sights and sounds of commencement on the UW-Green Bay campus. 2014 Fall Nursing Video

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 — Alyssa Adams, Anjali Bircher, De Pere; Heather Boucher, Tricia Drake, Holly Hajny, Tamara Marshall, Alicia Radliff, and Candace Zilisch, Green Bay; Carrie Lemke, Greenleaf; Jessica Bostwick* and Jenna Katers, Suamico.
Dane — Angela Vieau, Columbus; Cheryl Bauer and Lyndsay Brecka*, De Forest; Erin Thomas, Madison.
Door — Nancy Herrick and Kimberly Kasten, Sturgeon Bay.
Iowa — Dawn Herrmann, Barneveld.
Marathon — Jolene Finger, Wausau.
Marinette — Kristin Abbs, Nicole Drees, and Amel Elshaier, Marinette; Tammy Lobner and Heidi Olson, Niagara.
Oneida — Emily Beard, Rhinelander.
Outagamie – R. Artez and Kurt Thomas, Appleton; Samantha Everard, Seymour.
Pierce — Staci Maves, Elmwood.
Vernon — Candice Herman, Coon Valley.
Winnebago — Jessica Bickler and Christopher Taber, Neenah.
Other states — Jennifer Changamveetil, Half Moon Bay, California; Jennifer Danforth, Denver, Colorado; Theresa Ashey***, Hudson, Florida; Sarah Moore, Atlanta, Georgia; Connie Belcher, Meridian, Idaho; Barbara Oliff, Arlington Heights, Illinois; Cornelia Pintescu, Lindenhurst, Illinois; Teresa Choi-Kim, Vernon Hills, Illinois; Megan Temple, Baltimore, Maryland; Holly Seaver, Marstons Mills, Massachusetts; Michael Wales, Iron Mountain, Michigan; Sara Johnson, Vulcan, Michigan; Sara Tharaldson, Crystal, Minnesota; Donna Majewski, Lino Lakes, Minnesota; Susan Lawrence, Lees Summit, Missouri; Barbara Clendinning, Bethel, North Carolina; Malinda Wohlrabe, High Point, North Carolina; Allison Bauer, Hanahan, South Carolina.

Nursing Students Appointed to Dean’s Advisory Board

Congratulations goes out to the following Nursing students have been appointed to the College of Professional Studies Dean’s Student Advisory board for the 2014-2015 Academic Year:

Kathy Beaulieu-Sanders (MSN)

Sue Cavallin (HIMT)

Megan Rhode (BSN-LINC)

We are proud to have our students represent Nursing on this important advisory board!

2014 Alumni Newsletter

To view our 2014 Alumni Newsletter, please click on the following link: Newsletter 2014a

Nursing Student Nominated as Commencement Speaker

IMG_6245 BSN@HOME student, Amel Elshaier, was recently nominated for the December student commencement speaker. Although she was not selected, we wish to recognize Amel and her achievements. As the graduation committee noted, “It was clear Amel has a great number of positive attributes and was well deserving of the nomination.”


Amel, who was born and began her academic journey in Egypt, exhibits the qualities of a motivated, life-long learner. She is an engaged student who, despite her advanced degrees, dedicates herself to her studies 100%. Professionalism is demonstrated in all of her work. She has been able to infuse cultural aspects into class discussions enhancing the dialogue between students.


In addition to a full academic course load and working as an RN, Amel manages a busy household that includes helping her husband with his work while being attentive to her four children. She has been an active parent volunteer in her local school district, helping teachers from kindergarten through middle school with class projects, field trips, and events.


Amel exemplifies the mission of the Professional Program in Nursing, building on her prior experience, knowledge and skills as a registered nurse and life-long learner. She is able to think critically and address complex health issues in this multicultural and evolving world in which we live. She is an asset to her profession as a registered nurse and will impact healthcare delivery worldwide.


Amel plans to continue her work as a registered nurse at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, WI.  Ultimately, she would like to return to Egypt to develop a nursing program.  In her words, “Egypt does not have the quality of nursing education she has received in the U.S.”

Helping hand: Nursing, Women’s Studies students serve Roma in Slovakia

UW-Green Bay Nursing students got the practicum experience of a lifetime this summer, working hands-on with the marginalized Roma people of Slovakia.  Traveling with Associate Prof. Janet Reilly, Nursing, and Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston, Music and Women’s and Gender Studies, the students spent their days caring for and educating the occupants of five Roma settlements scattered throughout the Eastern European country. They worked with residents who had little to no access to health care, dealing with issues ranging from Tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases to labor and delivery, tobacco cessation, child development and mental health.

“In all of the camps, the nurses did some health visits,” Reilly said. “People would come outside and they would ask about their blood pressure, their swollen legs, growth and development of their kids, parenting, polio, TB. … I, in my 30 years of nursing, have not seen such young polio patients.” Meredith Livingston added, “It was kind of shocking to everyone, I think,” she said. “I don’t think most people expected that level of (poverty). And the fact that many of them didn’t have water — they had to walk a mile and a half to get water every day.”

Still, the students began to adjust — and to get to work. In addition to working hands-on to address residents’ health concerns, they did group teaching with health mediators — a group of specially trained Roma citizens whose purpose is to address concerns and help raise the standard of health in each community. The group also visited the Auschwitz concentration camp, where half a million Roma were killed during the Holocaust. And they saw firsthand how discrimination against the group persists today.

Dr. Reilly plans to take another group of students to Slovakia in two years.