When the volunteers arrived at the medical site in Haiti, the nurses on duty left for a break. Most of them didn’t come back. “It was just so chaotic that nurses were getting burned out,” said Emily Akright, a 2009 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing graduate. Akright recently returned from a trip to Haiti, where she offered aid to victims of the Jan. 12, 7.0-magnitude earthquake that claimed more than 200,000 lives.
The UW Oshkosh College of Nursing’s reasons for establishing a graduate program in 1974 echo many of the challenges facing healthcare today —the need for additional primary healthcare providers, underserved patient populations in rural areas, anticipated large-scale retirements of physician generalists and a critical need for nurse educators.
The growing demand for nurses and for continuing education of nurses is fueling demand for nurse educators.
A ground-breaking option in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Nursing has received a major grant with hope that the option might serve as a national model.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing students provide health screenings to attendees of the 2010 Farm Expo at the EAA Grounds in Oshkosh.