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Nursing 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:   http://www.uwgb.edu/nursing/msn/ or email nursingmsn@uwgb.edu.

Social Work’s Akakpo Published in June’s Community Mental Health Journal

Francis Akakpo, Assistant Professor of Social Work,  co-authored the article “’Straight up’: Enhancing rapport and therapeutic alliance with previously-detained youth in the delivery of mental health services,” published in the June 2013 edition of the Community Mental Health Journal. Akakpo collaborated with James Brown from UW-Oshkosh and Evan Holloway and Matthew Aalsma of Indiana University’s School of Medicine. Their research identifies and explores the themes of empathy, client-directed care, sequencing, and positive rapport, which are all important to improving the therapeutic alliance between care providers and previously-detained youth, in order to improve such youth’s mental health treatment. Congratulations Dr. Akakpo on your research and publication!