College of Nursing
In moving the College of Nursing toward its vision to “build upon its tradition of developing caring and scholarly nurse leaders who positively impact contemporary and future healthcare,” the faculty has identified the college’s distinctiveness as providing caring and nurturing programs across the curricula and through our service mission. This is done in a dynamic fashion, both locally and globally, while meeting the healthcare needs of the community and the educational needs of students in a culturally acceptable manner.
- International community health courses continued in India during the fall interim and Uganda during the spring interim.
- Undergraduate student (traditional BSN option; RN BSN outreach options) group aggregate projects continue in concert with community health agencies.
- Living Healthy Community Clinic continues to provide primary care services to the uninsured of Winnebago County with financial support provided from a variety of community agencies.
Via traditional classroom, clinical laboratories, on-site care delivery with patients/families and technology, faculty and academic staff provided cutting-edge instruction to all levels of students.
Outcomes for the RN-NCLEX exam continue at the 95-percent pass rate, one of the highest first-time pass rates in Wisconsin.
Outcomes for the graduate-level FNP certification exam continue at 100 percent.
The college hosted a successful re-accreditation site visit for both the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.
- Academic staff progression from MSN to doctoral level education continues at a high rate. Eleven employees enrolled with two doctoral degree completions.
- Number of faculty/academic staff publications and presentations continue to grow
RN BSN Options continue as follows:
- Wausau – Step Ahead BSN: partners with UW-Marathon County and Northcentral Technical College.
- Lakeshore – Sail Ahead BSN: partners with UW-Sheboygan, UW-Manitowoc and Lakeshore Technical College.
- Janesville – Soar Ahead BSN: partners with UW-Rock County and Blackhawk Technical College.
New partnership with UW-Stevens Point:
- Delivers RN BSN courses on site or facilitation to BSN@ home option.
- Provides on-site advising/marketing and work collaboratively with UW Stevens Point employees
- Established the Leona & Jerry Dempsey Scholarship with a $25,000 gift.
- Collaborated with the college’s largest donor to secure a $10,000 gift from the Thomas A. Plein Foundation as a matching gift for her $10,000 donation to the Dean’s Discretionary Fund. ($20,000 total from these efforts).
- Established the Nightingale Scholarship and worked to endow the scholarship at the $10,000 level.
- Through stewardship efforts, the college's second largest donor increased her scholarships award from $800 to $1,000 per semester for her four scholarship students ($8,000 annually).
- Engaged college students in fundraising activities, which resulted in fully funding the Tracy A. Lloyd Nursing Scholarship. The students found the process so rewarding they requested another scholarship for which to fundraise. There are ongoing student efforts to endow the Carl Iwen Scholarship at the $10,000 level.
- Completed the first college retired faculty appeal, netting several larger gifts including one $1,000 gift.
- Raised more than $10,000 in sponsorships for the Nightingale Award Dinner.
- Raised $2,000 for the Nightingale Scholarship via a silent auction.
- Mailed CONtact magazine with donor recognition section to 2,000 college donors and alumni. The remaining 3,500 alumni received CONtact in an electronic format.
- Completed an alumni scholarship appeal that resulted in the alumni-sponsored Excellence in Nursing Scholarship being awarded to two current student
- Holiday giving to the college became an established part of the college culture, resulting in a significant increase in faculty donations.