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With the 2023-24 academic year right around the corner, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh college and campus leaders are sharing programming and staffing updates over the next several weeks. Today, Dean Seon Yoon Chung shares updates about the latest offerings and new faculty and staff in the College of Nursing.

What’s new in your college for the coming year?

We are launching new Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs for nurses and family nurse practitioners in fall 2023. We also have two faculty members joining us—Kathleen Abrahamson, professor; and Jessica Habeck, assistant professor. Debbie Walrath will serve as clinical associate professor.

Seon Yoon Chung

What do you see as some of the important trends/ changes coming for students entering the careers/professions reflected in your college offerings?

Students’ hands-on experience continues to be a critical part of learning and mastery in healthcare. The college is working very closely with our clinical partners to ensure our graduates have the learning opportunities that will prepare them to be practice-ready. We are creating unique, dedicated clinical opportunities and leveraging our simulation center, which is accredited by Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

What are the most important things students learn by going to college but not necessarily in the classroom?

Industries are ever-changing and the speed at which they do is accelerating. Curiosity and lifelong learning are necessary skills that students can acquire in college. Students can gain lifelong friends and mentors through activities available beyond the boundaries of a classroom, such as study abroad, internship and research opportunities.

If you could personally go back and take one more undergraduate class, what would it be and why?

I would take a course that prepares me to contribute to solving real-life problems as an interdisciplinary team, such as a problem-based or case-based learning course. Personally experiencing the power of collective wisdom to solve real-life problems we are faced with in this world would be invaluable and empowering for students ready for the challenge.

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