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College of Professional Studies

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. Derryl 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.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to Launch!

 A new 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 http: www.uwgb.ed/nursing 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.