The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay learned recently that a comprehensive review of its undergraduate and graduate programs in Nursing has resulted in maximum accreditations from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The CCNE, a national nursing accreditation agency officially recognized by the US Secretary of Education, evaluated both UW-Green Bay’s longstanding Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and relatively new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs. The University received confirmation in November that its BSN program was re-accredited for the maximum 10-year period, through 2025, and that the MSN was accredited for the maximum five-year period for new programs. Each program met all accreditation standards and had no compliance concerns.
“Specialized accreditation speaks to the high level of quality in the UW-Green Bay nursing programs and well-qualified faculty,” says Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, RN, PhD, who chairs and directs the University’s Nursing programs. “This ‘seal of approval’ from CCNE helps students to know that they will receive an excellent education at UW-Green Bay.”
Susan Gallagher-Lepak, professor of Nursing, shared insights on the value of music to individuals with dementia in the Dec. 8 edition of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Her article, headlined “Powerful gift for people with dementia: Music,” describes research from a recent issue of the scientific journal Brain about the resilience of the brain with musical memory in cases of dementia. This is especially true for well-known music. Gallagher-Lepak suggests translation of the research into practice by playing familiar music throughout the holidays for individuals with dementia and their families. Developing a playlist of favorite music, for example, can be a gift and reap psychological and behavioral benefits. Other examples, such as use of a music app for dementia patients, are also given.
Last week, two Brazilian scholars were hosted at UWGB by Assistant Professor of Nursing Heather Herdman. The scholars visited from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil, and they both gave presentations in regards to the research they have conducted. Camila Takáo Lopes, Ph.D. (c), RN, is the author of “Identification of the predictive factors for bleeding in the immediate postoperative period after cardiac surgery.” Agueda Calvalcante, Ph.D. (c), RN, is the author of “Nursing interventions and outcomes in people with congestive heart failure and ineffective self-health management.” Their presentations were given in front of Herdman’s Evidence-Based Practice Class.
Camila Takáo, PH.D. (c), RN, gives her presentation on Predictive factors for excessive bleeding after cardiac surgery.
Agueda Calvalcante, Ph.D. (c), RN, gives her presentation on Nursing interventions and outcomes in people with heart failure and ineffective self-health management.
Arjun Sanga is the new Executive Director of WiSys Technology Foundation as of January of 2014. WiSys is the technology transfer resource office for UW comprehensive campuses. Arjun is visiting campuses and making connections with researchers who have ongoing and past projects through WiSys. Associate Professor and Chair of Nursing Susan Gallagher-Lepak is currently working on a project with funding from WiSys. In addition, Franklin Chen, Associate professor to Natural and Applied Sciences, and Susan Gallagher-Lepak received Applied Research Grants through the UW System.
During the visit, Arjun met the following UWGB researchers: Franklin Chen, Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Mike Zorn, John Katers, John Stoll. Additionally, Arjun met with Sue Mattison, Kelly Franz, Christopher Paquet, Lidia Nonn, Dan McCollum, Greg Davis.
Arjun will likely be back to UWGB in late fall for another visit.
Arjun Sanga visits UW-Green Bay (April 2014) From left to right: Sue Mattison, Dean of Professional Studies; Arjun Sanga, Executive Director of WiSys Technology Foundation; Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor of Nursing; Franklin Chen, Associate Professor of Natural & Applied Sciences
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.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
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
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 email@example.com.