On May 10, 21012 Brenda Tyczkowski will be awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Student Award for 2012 from the Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Brenda explains that this award is given to someone who demonstrates leadership qualities through dedication in the pursuit of scholarly excellence, commitment to furthering the profession of nursing, community activities and contributing to the ongoing work in developing new ideas to further the science of nursing. Brenda recently completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Kansas Medical Center. Her capstone project, “The Caring Journey: Staff Development in an Eden Alternative Facility,” explored the nature of caring behavior in a nursing facility and formulated staff development materials to enhance caring behaviors. Congratulations Brenda!
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The College of Professional Studies has recently completed the furnishing of a Lactation Room for students, faculty, staff and visitors who may like a quiet space for feeding. The private room is adjoined to the women’s restroom on the 3rd floor of Rose Hall, RH 324, between the offices for the Professional Programs in Nursing and Social Work. The room is complete with a rocker/glider and ottoman, a changing station (there is also a second one in a gender neutral restroom next door), artwork from the campus collection, reading materials, and various hygiene supplies. There is also a small refrigerator available in the Dean’s office (RH 305) for use if needed. Please inquire in the Dean’s office for more information.
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. 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-jWMRw3V4w.
A highlight of the 30th Anniversary celebration is a webinar to which alumni and students of the program have been invited to participate in April. 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 email@example.com .
Please mark your calendar for a faculty workshop on “Planning Your Faculty Career”.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Wood Hall room 215
9 am – noon
Presentation 9 – 10:30 am; time afterwards to ask questions, form writing groups, plan future workshop discussions.
Workshop presentation: Directing one’s own career, planning one’s philosophy for teaching, research, and service, to align with the mission of this University, but also to focus on service activities in which one should be engaged, and how to write that focus and philosophy up into a personal narrative to use when going up for tenure and/or promotion.
Goals of the workshop:
- Learn the value of having philosophy statements to guide your teaching, scholarship, and service
- Support faculty progress toward tenure and/or promotion by providing guidance and information
- Organize “support” groups – small working groups of faculty to whom group members are accountable for making progress on scholarship, narrative writing, career focus
- Initiate/develop further workshop/discussion topics
Future workshops on tenure and promotion are planned for the fall semester.
The Phuture Phoenix program, part of UWGB’s Institute for Learning Partnership, is currently piloting a K-5 Phuture Phoenix college awareness curriculum with Jefferson Elementary School in Green Bay. The goal of Phuture Phoenix staff and Jefferson School is to instill in each student that a college education can become part of their future. Each classroom at Jefferson has adopted a college or university theme, and Fridays have been designated as “college” day when the students wear bright orange T-shirts and discuss some aspect of the college experience.
On February 29, 2012 an all school assembly recognized several Jefferson students who have shown extra efforts or admirable achievements in academics and/or behavior. In addition, two UW-Green Bay music education majors, Mike Fowler and Tyler Rindo volunteered their time to talk to the students about college, and shared some of their musical talents with the students. This new partnership allows the Phuture Phoenix program to reach students at a young age, and inspire them to include higher education in their life goals.
UWGB Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) will be hosting a brown bag luncheon that will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm in the Alumni Rooms A & B of the University Union. To help kick off Women’s History month, please plan to attend an informal panel discussion on the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and its history, events, and issues. Bring your own lunch; dessert and drinks will be provided. Panel members include Christine Smith, Kim Nielsen, Alison Gates and Nicole Meyer. This event is sponsored by the UWGB WWHEL chapter .
Several UW-Green Bay faculty members from the Professional Program in Nursing collaborated on a chapter in a text that was recently published in 2012. The text is titled User Interface Design for Virtual Environments: Challenges and Advances. Faculty members including Brenda Tyczkowski, Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Christine Vandenhouten and Janet Reilly collaborated with Eric Bauman, an outside consultant to write the chapter entitled, An Interface Design Evaluation of Courses in a Nursing Program Using an E-Learning Framework: A Case Study. The chapter examines the interface design of the internet based nursing courses in the BSN@Home program. The program was started in 1995 in order to serve associate degree and diploma prepared nurses throughout the state of Wisconsin who desire a baccalaureate degree in nursing. BSN@Home is a statewide program that is delivered collaboratively by five University of Wisconsin nursing programs (UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh)