Dr. Block Named Interim Dean of Professional & Graduate Studies

Dr. Derryl Block, long time Professor and Chairperson of the Professional Program in Nursing, was named Interim Dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies beginning the summer of 2009. She is overseeing the Business, Education, Social Work and Nursing academic departments, Graduate Studies and two university-community partnership agencies. We wish her well with her added responsibilities and congratulate her on the promotion.

Nursing Instructor Receives APHN Certification

Congratulations to Rebecca Hovarter of our nursing faculty for passing the ANCC Advanced Public Health Nurse exam and receiving her APHN RNBC credentials. Becky passed the exam earlier this fall. She is an instructor for our Community Health Nursing Practicum course.

Instructor Rebecca Hovarter shown at her desk.
Instructor Rebecca Hovarter shown at her desk.

Nursing Student Receives Chancellor’s Medallion

Crystalline Malakar was recognized as a Chancellor’s Medallion recipient at a special event preceeding graduation. She is pictured with Professor Christine Vandenhouten. Crystalline was awarded the medallion for academic excellence and leadership during her career at UW-Green Bay. Congratulations to Crystal on your achievements.

Dr. Christine VAndenhouten (l) is shown with Nursing Graduate Crystalline Malakar (r) at the Leadership Awards event preceeding graduation.
Dr. Christine VAndenhouten (l) is shown with Nursing Graduate Crystalline Malakar (r) at the Leadership Awards event preceeding graduation.

Mexico Travel Course

Dr. Christine Vandenhouten of our faculty and BSN student Brenda VandenLangenberg will be traveling to Cuernavaca, Mexico for a three week travel course along with UWGB students in education and business. The course is from December 27, 2009 to January 17, 2010.
The students will be studying Mexican culture and healthcare along with a Spanish language immersion class.

Cuernavaca is a beautiful city about 90 miles drive from Mexico City.

We hope to offer additional travel course trips to this area. Interested nursing students and alumni are welcome to contact one of our advisors to indicate your interest.

Complementary therapies by nurses display

A display on the use of complementary therapies by nurses was recently mounted in the Winter Garden of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall on the U Wisconsin-Green Bay campus. The therapies displayed are supported by systematic reviews and experimental research. The display describes aroma therapy, guided imagery, reflexology, acupressure, therapeutic touch, and music therapy. Please view the presentation in PDF format.

2009 Alumni Newsletter

The Professional Program in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is proud to announce the beginning of an Alumni Newsletter.  We plan to publish the newsletter late-spring each year.  We will be bringing you information about alumni, recent graduates, faculty and staff as well as the latest news about your alma mater and the nursing program.  We hope you will send us updates about yourself so that we can stay in touch.  Also, refer any RN’s who may be interested in our program.  With the national online track, students can enroll from anywhere in the country! Continue reading 2009 Alumni Newsletter

HRSA Grant

The UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing is one of five UW Nursing programs (also including Madison, Milwaukee, Eau Claire and Oshkosh) participating in year three of a five year Dept. of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to enhance educational technology in nursing courses.   So far, this grant has focused on integration of telehealth technology, simulation, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in health, learning activities in the virtual world program of Second Life, and podcasts. Upcoming projects will include problem focused learning and e-learning.

Dr. Block updates

Our Chair of Nursing and Director of BSN-LINC, Dr. Derryl Block was on a sabbatical for the 2007-2008 academic year.  Dr. Block was also a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Education Task Force which revised The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. The document was endorsed by the AACN membership in October 2008 and is available at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/pdf/BaccEssentials08.pdf.  The AACN Baccalaureate Task Force is developing a tool kit for schools of nursing to use for integrating the new Essentials into their curricula.

In Memorium: Barb Sydow

In Memorium: Barb Sydow, our Nursing Program Assistant since 2005, passed away on October 8 after a courageous battle with cancer. Barb had been an inspiration to all battling chronic health problems for many years and always bouncing back. She was able to live life with enthusiasm and a positive disposition. She set goals and pursued them with earnest, winning 10K races as a runner well into her 60’s and evidenced by her avid love of sailing and performing with her beloved dogs in agility training programs despite being 72 years of age. Barb’s zest for life touched all who were privileged to have known her.