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.

Milestones in College of Nursing

Undergraduate student performance on the NCLEX RN licensure exam continues above the national pass rate (89 percent) at 94 percent or above. In fall 2012, the CON offered its first Medical/Surgical clinical in India. Community Health clinical experiences in India and Peru continue. Preparing culturally competent nurses with an understanding of the global world becomes easier via hands-on international learning experiences. Students frequently comment about how an international clinical course enhances their thinking and communication skills in ways not possible via local clinical learning experiences.

In fall 2012, the first cohort of BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students were admitted. Clinical Nurse Leader and Family Nurse Practitioner students continue to have a 100 percent pass rate on their respective certification exams. The second cohort of DNP graduates earned their doctoral degrees in May 2013.

Faculty and Student Research Teams continue to partner with local and international health care agencies to not only carry out but also disseminate collaborative evidence based practice projects to promote health in the wider and global communities. Students, guided by their respective advisers, achieved the following: Jessica Griswold, MSN, 2013, received the Nursing Research Poster Award at Celebration of Scholarship, UW Oshkosh, in April. Three DNP students (Michael Wolff, Kim Lederhaus and Julie Schneider) presented their posters at the national Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference in April 2013. Two Nurse Educator students, Jody Graese and Erika Janssen received the regional Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) Research Poster Award in October 2013.