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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!

Nursing Chair, Dr. Block Leaves UW-Green Bay

Dr. Derryl Block, Nursing Professor, Program Chair and Director of BSN-LINC has accepted the position of Dean of Health and Human Sciences at Northern Illinois University, effective July 16.  Dr. Block has been with the Professional Program in Nursing at UW-Green Bay since 2001 and has served as Chair and Director of BSN-LINC since 2004.  She also served as Interim Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies at the university from 2009-2011. Her last day at UW-Green Bay was July 6.

Dr. Block is a visionary leader who has been instrumental in growing the nursing program during her tenure and in developing the newly approved Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.  She has been involved at the national level in Community Health Nursing and in advocating for nursing education.  While she will be missed, her legacy of achievements on behalf of the Professional Program in Nursing will endure for many years to come.  We wish her the very best in her new position with NIU.

Spring 2012 Graduation

Congratulations to our Spring and Summer 2012 graduates.  We wish you the best of luck in your careers!  For an opportunity to experience the graduation ceremony and recognition of each nursing graduate, click here: 

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 — Jessica Landry, De Pere; Marie Brunner, Sarah Hickman*, Jewel Jamrosz*, Katherine Merrill, Danielle Miller, Anne Renquin, Elizabeth Stukenberg**, Houa Vang, Chanthorn Vu, Rebecca Walton, and Kristen Wiesner**, Green Bay; and Audra Kunesh* and Gina Tisch*, Pulaski.
Dane — Shannon Thielman, Madison.
Door — Shannon Rass, Brussels.
Forest — Sally Bruno*, Crandon.
Jefferson — Stephanie Schwind, Lake Mills.
Juneau — Alicia Edmonds and Molly Hassig, Douglas.
Kewaunee — Sandra Pelnar, Kewaunee.
La Crosse — Joshua Bentzen, La Crosse; and Jennifer Kendhammer, Onalaska.
Marinette — Carla Biehl* and Carrie Rupert, Marinette; and Nicole Swanson, Peshtigo.
Polk — Kathryn McElree, Altoona.
Rock — Valerie Oliver, Edgerton.
Sheboygan — Angela Montague***, Sheboygan.
Waukesha — Kelly Blackburn, Waukesha.
Wood — Karalyn Meitner, Arpin.
Other states – Nicole Langlois, Alaska; Patricia Schuler-Mahaney***, Bayfield, Colorado; Jill Bryon, Chicago, Illinois; Bridget Marchese-McBride, Coal Valley, Illinois; Martha Pettineo, Lake Bluff, Illinois; Vincent Abel, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mollie Schonberg, Bessemer, Michigan; Rick Connolly, Apple Valley, Minnesota; Aimee LaMere**, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; Osahon Enodunmwenben, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; Romina Cruz, Rosemount, Minnesota; Beata Moniuszko*, Maspeth, New York; and Martha Mowry, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

Making Sense of Local Health Department Funding: A Public Health Finance Toolkit

Toolkit Description:
Public health finance is a complex system involving funding streams, economic factors, and policy and political changes. This complexity along with the lack of transparency and the wide variation in local public health discretionary spending make it difficult to develop a “blueprint” for all public health agencies to embrace.  Use of this toolkit can help students and PHN staff to better understand and employ principles which not only help make public health funding more transparent and appropriately focused, but also establish its relevancy to the overall health of the population.

The toolkit contains an overview of public health funding, grants as a source of revenue, sample public health department budgets, information about evaluating effectiveness, activities to illustrate funding allocation decisions, financial definitions, an annotated bibliography, and critical thinking questions.

The following link takes you to the toolkit:

Authors of the toolkit are:

Christine Vandenhouten, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing
Tracy Mrochek, MPA, BSN, RN, The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
Jean M. Beinemann, BSN, RN, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health
Sandy Fryda, BSN, RN, Fond du Lac County Health Department
Linda Behm, MSN, RN, Waupaca County Department of Health and Human Services, Health Services Division
Judith M. Hansen, MS, BSN, RN, (Formerly, The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing)

UW-Green Bay Nursing Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing is celebrating its 30th year of offering Registered Nurses (RN) a baccalaureate completion program.  The UW-Green Bay RN to BSN program was approved by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin system in 1980. Professor Agnes Janoscrat was named the first Chairperson and Dr. Mimi Kubsch was hired to plan and implement the program.  (Dr. Kubsch has been the “face and hands” of the program for many years and remains on the faculty today.) Classes began in the fall of 1981. 

The program received national accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in 1987 and has been subsequently accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  In 1995, in collaboration with University of Wisconsin (UW) Nursing Programs in Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Eau Claire, the program began an online track for RNs across Wisconsin now known as BSN@HOME.  This was followed by the development of the BSN-LINC track in 2000 through which RNs from across the United States can complete their BSN online from UW-Green Bay.  In 2007, funding was obtained to extend the program’s reach to northern areas of the state resulting in classes offered in Rhinelander and Marinette.  That same year, a 5 year federal grant was awarded to the 5 UW nursing programs to enhance technology in nursing education.  The grant culminated in 2011 with an “E-Learning in Nursing” conference hosted by UW-Green Bay.  2011 also was the year in which the Professional Program in Nursing graduated its 1000th BSN prepared nurse and planning for a Masters of Science in Nursing program began. (Planning for the MSN in Leadership & Management in Health Systems is ongoing.)  Dr. Derryl Block, the current Chairperson, leads a department of 11 faculty and staff.  The program has 36 Associate Degree Campus Partners from 24 states across the US. 

Those visiting the Professional Program in Nursing Office located on the 3rd Floor of Rose Hall (Suite 325) on the beautiful UW-Green Bay campus can view the “History Wall”, a recent addition detailing more of the program’s highlights.  Additionally, the program is posting a retrospective video and asking alumni and friends for their memories. The piece by student marketing assistant Ariel Weishoff is online at:

A highlight of the 30th Anniversary celebration is an April webinar for alumni and students of the program.  The webinar, “Caring Theory”, will be presented by internationally recognized nursing scholar Jean Watson in honor of the program’s anniversary.  Dr. Watson is Distinguished Professor of Nursing and holds an Endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Center Campus. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.  She is a widely published author and recipient of several awards and honors and holds six (6) Honorary Doctoral Degrees, including 3 International Honorary Doctorates.  

For more information about the Professional Program in Nursing history, the 30th Anniversary activities or about the program in general, please email .