University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to Offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Starting in 2020

New program to help meet state needs for healthcare providers with bachelor’s degrees

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay received approval from the UW Board of Regents today (August 24, 2018) to move ahead in offering a prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, paving the way for students to begin in fall 2020. The program will expand UW-Green Bay’s ability to fulfill unmet student demand for a high-quality BSN degree at an affordable tuition cost.

According to UW-Green Bay’s Susan Gallagher-Lepak, dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, the proposed program will complement the University’s existing nursing programs, including the accredited BSN Completion program (currently offered by UW-Green Bay, on campus, collaboratively with other UW institutions in Wisconsin via distance education, and nationally via distance methods),  NURSE 1-2-1 program and graduate program in nursing (leadership focus).

“We’ve received many positive comments about this new program from employers of nurses, such as hospitals, insurance companies and public health agencies,” offered Gallagher-Lepak. “Leaders at healthcare organizations have indicated that they will make clinical spots available to UW-Green Bay nursing students.”

Strong Support and High Demand
The University is receiving strong support for this program from many constituent groups within the region, including the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Council of Trustees Program and Initiatives Advisory Committee. Leaders of healthcare organizations in the community strongly support this program as a means to increase the number of BSN-prepared nursing graduates in Wisconsin.

“Nursing is the largest workforce in healthcare,” affirms Paula Hafeman, Chief Nurse Executive, Hospital Sisters Health System-Eastern Wisconsin. “According to a 2016 Wisconsin Center for Nursing report, it is projected that we will need more than 20,000 new registered nurses each year in Wisconsin to meet healthcare needs. More than 26,000 Wisconsin nurses will retire in the next 10 years alone. When you consider the need, and fact that healthcare continues to increase in complexity with advanced technology, treatments and an aging population, more healthcare providers are necessary. Wisconsin graduates 3,000 nurses each year. We need to support increasing nursing programs throughout Wisconsin.”

Nursing Shortage is Statewide

Of the approximately 3,000 new nurses per year (Wisconsin Center for Nursing, 2015), 55% earn baccalaureate degrees and the remainder earn associate degrees. Employers are increasingly requiring nurses to have a BSN degree (versus an associate degree in nursing) in Wisconsin and nationally.

Student demand for a nursing program at UW-Green Bay, specifically, is very high. Approximately 300 students apply to UW-Green Bay as pre-nursing majors each year. Because UW-Green Bay, until now, did not offer a prelicensure BSN, potential new freshmen choose not to enroll at UW-Green Bay, and current students who want to pursue a nursing major transfer to public, private or technical nursing programs.

Further, existing BSN programs within the UW System are unable to meet student demand. Approximately 50-80% of qualified applicants to baccalaureate nursing programs are denied admission to UW System Nursing Schools, primarily due to capacity issues (Young et al., 2016). This is consistent with national trends, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Chair of Nursing and Associate Professor, Christine Vandenhouten, said the program would provide regional opportunities that haven’t previously existed. “While UW-Green Bay is well-positioned to support a prelicensure nursing program, we look forward to working with the outstanding liberal arts and science faculty, both on the Green Bay campus and also our new branch-campus partners in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. We expect strong interest from students taking their pre-nursing courses at all four campuses prior to applying to the UW-Green Bay prelicensure program.”

Students can apply to UW-Green Bay in pre-nursing for fall 2019. The first cohort accepted into the prelicensure program will begin in fall 2020. Didactic, skills and clinical courses in the program will prepare students for entry-level professional nursing practice in various areas. Nurses work in a wide array of settings, including hospitals and long-term care facilities, clinics and outpatient facilities, community centers, homes (homecare), schools, camps and businesses.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965, and bordering the bay of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. The University offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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UW Board of Regents Approves Name Change Request for UW-Green Bay’s New Campuses

Green Bay, Wis. — The UW Board of Regents today (August 24, 2018) approved the request of UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller to change the names of the three campuses now connected to the University as a result of the System’s ongoing statewide restructuring process. Effective immediately, the universities in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan will become UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus; UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus and UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus. Editor’s note: the acronym “UWGB” paired with each of the campuses is not an acceptable alternative.

“From the beginning of the restructuring process, we made a promise to Northeast Wisconsin that we aim to have one University with a unified faculty, staff and student body at four campuses,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “The name change approved by the Board of Regents fulfills our obligation. We believe this name change allows each community to maintain the tradition and history of their campuses, while leveraging the international Green Bay brand.”(Editor’s note: A new video capturing the spirit of the new UW-Green Bay and its three new campuses is available for viewing and sharing at Welcome to the New UW-Green Bay.)

Recommendations for the name change for each campus were developed by a team that included representation from all four campuses and included the solicitation of letters of support from local governments including each County Board Chair. In addition, an online identity branding survey provided opportunities for stakeholder input. Details on correct name usage and accompanying logos for each institution are attached.

Miller noted that a Restructuring Planning Team has been working for the better part of a year with businesses, schools, non-profits, governments and community members to introduce UW-Green Bay in its three new communities. “We look forward to continuing that process to create long-term relationships which we know will bring further success to each campus,” he added.

According to Miller, this fall the University will undertake a region-wide assessment of higher education needs, economic drivers and partnership opportunities on the way to the development of a strategic framework for the new UW-Green Bay.

About the UW-Green Bay Restructuring
On July 1, 2018 UW-Green Bay, UW-Marinette, UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan became one university with one mission. The new UW-Green Bay is a four-campus university with a 16-county footprint, 700 ongoing employees and a projected enrollment of about 7,700 students. Until September 1, students can apply for free to the Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan campuses for fall 2018.

The footprint of the new UW-Green Bay includes nearly one half of Wisconsin’s coastline on the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem and some of the most pristine natural areas and tourist spots in the country. The regional ecosystem also includes a large and growing manufacturing and health care sector and a solid foundation of business and nonprofit enterprises. All four campuses support vibrant art and music programs and are considered hubs of community activity.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu

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