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Nursing Professor from Brazil to Guest Lecture and Collaborate with UWGB

Profesora Carla Ventura of the Universidade de São Paulo will present a guest lecture, “Mental Health and Human Rights in Brazil,” this Thursday (Feb. 20) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 206.  The lecture is open to all faculty, staff and students. Hosted by Janet Reilly of the Professional Program in Nursing, Dr. Ventura is here to explore collaborative efforts between UW-Green Bay and the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing, and will be meeting with a number of UW-Green Bay representatives during her stay.  Reilly had visited the Ribeirão Preto college earlier this year.

Welcome Dr. Ventura!   

Article originally run in the the UW-Green Bay LOG on 2/16/14.

Recognition of Years of Service and Emeritus Status for CPS Colleagues

Congratulations to the faculty and staff within the College of Professional Studies who were recognized at the Mid-Year Convocation on Thursday, January 23rd with Years of Service Awards and Emeritus Status Awards!

Years of Service Recognition:

10 Years – Jan Malchow, Manager of Student Outreach, Professional Programs in Nursing

25 Years – Robert Nagy, Associate Professor, Cofrin School of Business

30 Years – Don McCartney, Senior Lecturer, Cofrin School of Business and Ann Selk, Senior Lecturer, Cofrin School of Business

Faculty and Staff Emeritus Recognition:

Brent Hussin, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Cofrin School of Business

Thank you for your years of valuable dedication and contributions to the university!   

 

 

UWGB Students take the Silver in the 2014 AHEC Healthcare Case Study Competition

2014 AHEC Competition 2nd place Team

UW-Green Bay Team Members: Dr. Janet Reilly, Tim Zietz, Sarah Sodemann, Lydia Ambrosius

UW-Green Bay health professions student team takes Silver in January 2014 AHEC Interprofessional Healthcare Case Study Competition! 

As Olympians prepare to compete in Sochi, a team of UW-Green Bay students prepared throughout Fall semester 2013 to compete in the statewide Healthcare Case Competition, bringing home the silver (2nd place) and a $2000 prize! Only 8 of the 17 teams of healthcare profession students from private and public universities across the state of Wisconsin that applied were invited to compete in the first annual case study competition, sponsored by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and  held on January 9-10, 2014 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. AHEC provided meals and lodging for the students, as well as opportunitiesfor them to network and speak with a variety of healthcare professionals from around the state in the Interprofessional Student Village.

In the assigned case study, a patient recently discharged from a hospital died upon readmission a few days later due to multiple errors in health care systems, processes, transitions of care to the community, and communication between health care professionals. The UW-Green Bay team members faced unique challenges collaborating via distance technology to find interprofessional solutions to the case study, since team members were not only from three different disciplines, but also were a blend of traditional students living on campus and online students living in northern and southeastern Wisconsin. Meeting for the first time in Wisconsin Dells during the competition, the Phoenix team successfully identified four core interprofessional competencies they felt healthcare professionals needed to address and resolve the issues in the case study: values and ethics; roles and responsibilities; interpersonal communication; and teams and teamwork. The first place team hailed from Milwaukee and was awarded $3000 and the team from UW-Stevens Point was awarded 3rd place and $1000 by the distinguished panel of interdisciplinary judges from healthcare academia and practice.

Representing UW-Green Bay were team members Timothy Zietz (biology/psychology/pre-med), Sarah Sodemann (dietetics), and Lydia Ambrosius, Chris (Mary) Lange & Sheila Hulce-Dittman (RN to BSN students from the Professional Program in Nursing). Chris (Mary) and Sheila participated in the case study solutions but were unable to present and attend the actual competition. Dr. Janet Reilly, Associate Professor in the Professional Program in Nursing, recruited and mentored this successful team. Any students from health professions that are interested in competing in 2015, should contact Dr. Reilly at: reillyj@uwgb.edu.

Together we are inspiring students and transforming communities.  Congrats!

College Connects with new VA Outpatient Clinic in Green Bay

     The new Milo C. Huempfner VA Outpatient Clinic opened recently in Green Bay, and is located less than a mile from the UW-Green Bay campus.  Dean Sue Mattison, along with a group of faculty and staff from the academic programs within the College of Professional Studies visited with the clinic’s adminstration to welcome them to the neighborhood, and to discuss ways in which the faculty, staff, and students within the College could partner and provide support to the new clinic.    Topics of discussion included research, outreach volunteer, field experience, and internship opportunities for students, and service opportunities for faculty.    Community partnerships and service are important aspects of the educational experience for all programs in the College of Professional Studies.

Participating in the visit included (L-R):
Jan Malchow, Shiloh Ramos, Sharon Kapitany, Brenda Tyczkowski, Janet Reilly, Dean Sue Mattison, Clinic Administrator – Timothy Deacy, Bill Lepley, Doreen Higgins, Susan Gallagher-Lepak

Professional Studies Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

A warm welcome is extended to new faculty and staff who have joined the College of Professional Studies within the last few months:

  • Christin DePouw, Assistant Professor, Professional Program in Education
  • Becky Hovarter, Lecturer, Professional Programs in Nursing
  • Cindy VanDyke, Advisor/Practicum Coordinator, Professional Programs in Nursing
  • Heather Herdman, Researcher, Professional Programs in Nursing
  • Kristy Pahl, Trainer, NEW Partnership for Children and Families
  • Melissa Steeber, University Services Program Associate, Institute for Learning Partnership

Welcome!

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.

Professional Studies Faculty and Staff Recognized at January Convocation

Several long time, dedicated faculty and staff within the College of Professional Studies were recognized for their length of service and contributions to the University at the Mid-Year Convocation program on January 23, 2013. 

Recognized for celebrating their milestone anniversaries were:

40 Years of Service: Mary Baranek, Dean’s Assistant for the College of Professional Studies

30 Years of Service: Sylvia “Mimi” Kubsch, Associate Professor, Professional Programs in Nursing

10 Years of Service: Meir Russ, Professor, Cofrin School of Business  

10 Years of Service: Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Professional Programs in Nursing

Recognized with Emeritus Status were:

Judy Martin, retired Professor, Professional Program in Social Work

Michael Marinetti, retired Assistant Dean and Director of Research and Graduate Studies, College of Professional Studies

Francine Tompkins, past Chair, Professional Program in Education

Thank you for the many contributions and years of service from these caring and talented individuals!

 

New – Professional Studies Fall 2012 Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the many accomplishments and highlights from 2011-12 within the College of Professional Studies – Fall 2012 Newsletter (PDF).

Food Drive Supported by UWGB Nursing, Social Work, and Biology

Over a dozen students and faculty from UWGB and St. Norbert’s College joined  in a multi-disciplinary community service and research data project on Saturday, October 20, 2012 during the Boy Scout food drive collection held at Packer Stadium parking lot. Helping the Brown County Community Health Improvement Process and Plan (CHIPPs): Adequate, Appropriate, Safe Food and Nutrition subcommittee, the amounts of fat, sodium, sugar, and fiber, and the expiration dates  of almost 1000 food items that were donated were recorded. Food donations were then distributed to the local Green Bay area food pantries.

 Faculty participants (Drs. Le Zhu, Human Biology and Dietetics; Sarah Himmelheber, Professional Programs in Social Work; and Janet Reilly, Professional Program in Nursing) acknowledge that assessing the quality, safety and pattern of food donations is critical to assure access to healthy foods for low-income families. Foods that are high in sugar and fat, for example, are called high-energy dense foods. In other words, these foods provide large amounts of dietary energy at a low cost, but provide minimal nutritional value and an increase the risk of developing serious lifelong health issues, like obesity, diabetes type II and heart disease. Public education sessions are planned for area Green Bay citizens to explain the results of these data and to encourage appropriate and safe donations of high nutritional quality.

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!