Registered nurse Jason Mattson, a bachelor’s grad and current student in UW-Green Bay’s master’s of nursing program, was honored earlier this week with the 2014 Carol and Robert Bush Excellence in Nursing Award presented by Bellin Health. The Bushes inaugurated the award 14 years ago in appreciation of outstanding care they and their family had received, and the couple personally reviews every nomination. The award is open to registered nurses currently employed with the Bellin Health System in face-to-face patient care roles. Mattson completed his BSN degree at UW-Green Bay in 2006, and joined the Bellin intensive care unit as a staff nurse in 2007. He anticipates receiving his UWGB master’s in Management and Leadership in Health Systems this summer. His citation for the award lists a long list of accomplishment and leadership activities. The Bush Award recipient receives a sculpture of a nurse and a $5,000 cash award. Mattson will be formally recognized at the annual Bellin Health VIP event on April 9 at the Lambeau Field Atrium. For photos and more on the award and Mattson.
Arjun Sanga, executive director for WiSys, and regional liaison Bob Wise will be on the UW-Green Bay campus Thursday afternoon (Feb. 19) to meet with University leadership and attend the gathering that will mark the launch of two new faculty-designed computer apps, from 3 to 4 p.m. in MAC Hall 137. WiSys is the entity that helps fund and facilitate innovative projects at the UW System comprehensive campuses. Sanga and Wise will meet with Chancellor Gary Miller, Provost Stephen Fritz and others, and participate in the 3 o’clock session at which the new apps will be demonstrated. Profs. Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Heather Herdman will display the capabilities of their new nursing diagnostic tool, and Scott Ashmann will demonstrate a teacher evaluation tool. Refreshments will be served; all are welcome.
The College of Professional Studies is inviting interested members of the campus community to a gathering this Thursday (Feb. 19), from 3 to 4 p.m. in MAC Hall 137. “Help us celebrate the launch of two innovative computer apps by faculty members — Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Dr. Heather Herdman (Nursing), who will demonstrate their new nursing diagnostic tool, and Dr. Scott Ashmann (Education) who will demonstrate a teacher evaluation tool. Refreshments will be served.”
Assistant Prof. Heather Herdman, Nursing, shared some winter wellness tips with Fox 11’s “Good Day Wisconsin” Friday, talking recipes, cleanliness, essential oils and more with reporter Pauleen Le. Herdman will teach a course on these topics for the nonprofit Bridge-Between Retreat Center in Denmark. Titled “Staying Healthy This Winter: Incorporating Aromatherapy and Herbs,” the course runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 (more information). You can check out the segments at: http://fox11online.com/2015/01/30/foods-and-herbs-for-a-healthy-winter-diet/.
Tune in Friday (Jan. 30) to Fox 11’s Good Day Wisconsin, where Assistant Prof. Heather Herdman, Nursing, will be featured in live segments at 6:15, 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. Herdman will be interviewed on herbs, essential oils and foods to keep one healthy during the winter (evidence-based, of course!). She hopes the segments will generate interest in a course she is teaching on these topics for the nonprofit Bridge-Between Retreat Center in Denmark. That course, titled “Staying Healthy This Winter: Incorporating Aromatherapy and Herbs,” runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 — more information. Herdman is a Bridge-Between board member.
Prof. Maria Márcia Bachion of the Federal University of Goiás (Brazil), recently completed three weeks as a UW-Green Bay visiting scholar in the Professional Program of Nursing. Bachion is currently completing her postdoctoral work under the direction of Dr. Alba Lucia Bottura Leite de Barros, at the Escola Paulista de Enfermagem of the Federal University of São Paulo (Brazil). She came to UW-Green Bay to work on data analysis and preparation of articles with Assistant Prof. Heather Herdman. Bachion’s postdoctoral work focuses on the evidence-based development of screening and assessment tools to enable accuracy in nursing diagnosis, outcomes and interventions for a variety of patient populations. Bachion spent a day with Associate Prof. Janet Reilly visiting the Wound Clinic at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, to compare treatment protocols between a major teaching hospital in the U.S. and her own university hospital in Goiás. She also “enjoyed” our Wisconsin climate enough to take a shot at creating some snow angels. (See photos.)
Representing UW-Green Bay at the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition 2015 held January 7-8 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells were (from left) Anita Frankhauser, team captain and a December graduate in Human Biology and dietetics); Alysia Wiley and Amanda Hoffman, RN-to BSN students in the Nursing program; and Stephanie Hessler, a Health Information Management and Technology major.
The team researched, wrote and submitted an executive summary with interdisciplinary solutions to a case study involving COPD patients. Their work earned them a berth in the final round of competition against 10 teams from private and public universities across the state in the annual event sponsored by the Area Health Education Center. Using interdisciplinary health care perspectives and experiences, population-focused care in a health system, root cause analysis and cost/benefit analysis, the team collaborated for three months to create their presentation, which they titled “Breathless No More: 360 degrees of COPD care.” COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Sara Schmitz, director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, provided faculty guidance to the team. The team from UW-Madison earned first place and the $3,000 top award.
Four students have been selected to represent UW-Green Bay at the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The team of students was given a healthcare case study and required to conduct an analysis of interprofessional efforts related to patient care. After submission of an executive summary and budget, the team was selected to move on to the next part of the competition, which involves presenting findings to a panel of healthcare judges in Wisconsin Dells in January. The team will be competing for a $3,000 first-place cash prize. Students are: Anita Frankhauser, team captain (Human Biology – Emphasis in Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics), Stephanie Hessler (Healthcare Information Management Technology), Amanda Hoffman (BSN Program), and Alysia Wiley (BSN Program).
Amel Elshaier (above, left) says her immediate plans are to continue working as a registered nurse at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.
Some day, though, the naturalized American citizen, healthcare professional and educator would like to return to Egypt to help advance the practice of nursing education in her native country to the level she’s experienced in the United States.
Last Saturday (Dec. 13) Elshaier earned her bachelor’s of nursing degree at UW-Green Bay. She posed for a family snapshot with her daughter after the ceremony at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
Elshaier emigrated from Egypt after receiving a doctor of medicine degree and master’s in internal medicine from Alexandria University in the late 1990s. She completed a doctorate in biochemistry at Chicago’s Rush University in 2006, and became a U.S. citizen in 2009.
She taught biochemistry at the UW College in Marinette for several semesters before settling on nursing as a focus for further schooling. In 2012 she started consulting with advisers in UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Nursing to supplement her studies at NWTC toward an associate degree in nursing. She began taking the general-education courses and, later, specialized upper-level courses necessary to turn her two-year R.N. diploma into a baccalaureate credential.
At UW-Green Bay, Elshaier won praise from faculty members for her professionalism, motivation and willingness to share with teachers and classmates stories from her own diverse experiences along with cultural perspectives on the nursing profession.
“She is articulate, bright and very supportive of nursing,” Associate Prof. Christine Vandenhouten said of Elshaier.
For the Nursing 455 course this past fall — the Community Health Practicum — Elshaier responded to a request made by community health staff members with whom she worked, and published an article in the Oneida tribal newspaper informing readers about infant wellness. In addition to a full academic course load, working as an RN and holding family responsibilities as a wife and mother of four children, she has been an active parent volunteer in the Peshtigo School District.
Elshaier tells her UW-Green Bay instructors she would some day like to apply her experience here to promoting stronger nursing-education programs in Egypt.
Our recent Log item should have been more clear that Profs. Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Heather Herdman of the Professional Program in Nursing have had three abstracts accepted for presentation at 10th Biennial Conference of ACENDIO 2015, in Bern, Switzerland in April. ACENDIO is the Association for Common European Nursing Diagnoses, Interventions and Outcomes. The conference website is http://www.acendio.net/. The abstracts include “A case-study methodology for use of a NANDA-I clinical decision support e-tool,” as well as “Evidence-based research to guide clinical decision support.”