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 identified the college’s distinctiveness as providing curricula that are built on nursing science, caring principles and healthcare system demand. 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 relevant manner.
- International community health courses continued in India during the fall interim and piloted in Peru during the spring interim.
- Undergraduate student group projects are in concert with community health agencies needs.
- 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.
- While enrolled in Diversity Practicum graduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students provide care in migrant farms, Native American clinics, prison health settings and more.
- Via traditional classroom, clinical laboratories, on-site care delivery with patients/ families and technology, faculty and academic staff continued to provide cutting-edge instruction to all levels of students.
- Outcomes for the RN-NCLEX exam continue as one of the highest first-time past rates in Wisconsin.
- Outcomes for the graduate level American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) FNP certification and American Association College of Nursing (AACN) Clinical Nurse Leader exam continues at 100 percent.
- The college was re-accreditated for both the undergraduate and graduate programs for the maximum of 10 years.
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) faculty hosted the successful initial accreditation site visit in Spring 2011.
- Academic staff progression from MSN to doctoral level education continues at a high rate. Nine employees enrolled with three doctoral degree completions.
- Number of faculty/academic staff publications and presentations continue to grow.
- College professor (Dr. Chappy) recognized by UW Oshkosh with EAA/CR Meyer, Endowed Professorship awards.
RN BSN options continue as follows:
- Wausau- Step Ahead BSN: partners with UW-Marathon County and North Central 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.
- Central WI Nursing Education Center- Stevens Point.
- Collaborative research partnership (Affinity, Theda Clark, Aurora) International initiatives.
- Clinical Nurse Leaders emphasis collaborating grew to include agencies beyond Fox Cities (St. Vincent, Gunderson Lutheran, Milwaukee Veterans Administration Hospital).
- Fully endowed the Nightingale Scholarship at the $10,000 level and awarded it to the first recipient.
- Established the Diane R. Cholewinski Memorial Nursing Scholarship.
- Established the Patricia M. Nobel Scholarship Fund.
- Established the Willard and Margaret Blanke Nursing Scholarship.
- Established the Oshkosh Student Nurses Association Scholarship.
- Through a collaborative effort with the college’s largest donor, the college received a $10,000 gift to the Dean’s Discretionary fund.
- Received a $10,000 grant from the Thomas A. Plein Foundation to support International Clinical Travel Scholarships.
- Raised $2,000 for nursing student scholarships from Nightingale silent auction.
- Raised more than $10,000 in sponsorships for the Nightingale Awards Dinner.
- Efforts are underway to endow a new Faculty and Staff-sponsored Scholarship.