MARINETTE—Sarah Pettit has wanted to be a nurse since she was 5 years old. This May, she will receive her Associates Degree in Nursing from UW-Green Bay Marinette Campus and has secured an externship with Aurora Medical Center—Bay Area. While many choose to leave the Marinette area to seek success, Pettit was able to go through school and enter her dream career from within the community that saw her grow up.Pettit went to UWGB Marinette Campus for two years after high school to earn her associates degree, and also as a way to save some money. “It was a lot cheaper route than going to a four-year college right off the bat,” she said.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY)-Nursing students at UW-Green Bay are getting ready to help with the state’s vaccination effort. “As we understand it, the local health departments are in a position where they don’t have the capacity to launch a massive vaccination clinic throughout the whole state,” said Christine Vandenhouten, chair of Nursing and Health Studies at UW-Green Bay. In an effort to increase the vaccine rollout the state enlisted the help of the National Guard and local nursing and pharmacy programs. “They are requesting us to provide a list of students and our volunteers to be part of the vaccination arm of that program and so we are prepared as nurses and nursing faculty to supervise the students, while they are vaccinating students at these COVID clinics,” said Vandenhouten.
As announced earlier this month, UW System created the COVID-19 Student Healthcare Worker Tuition Refund Initiative.
The process to request the tuition refund is now formalized at UW-Green Bay. Details about the process are included in this email. Please refer to the detailed initiative for student eligibility requirements, required work hours and timeframe for the work completion.
The form to use to request the refund can be found on the Career Services website. The steps below outline the process to follow.
- Download the form and complete the fields required. Forward it to your employer for verification of hours worked and completion of form.
- Submit the completed form to the Bursar’s Office (via mail; or scan/email; or drop in Bursar drop box located in hallway by cashier’s window). Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Form must be submitted no later than March 31, 2021.
- Requests will be reviewed for eligibility. Refunds will be issued to eligible students in April 2021 prior to the end of spring semester 2021.
Any questions about the initiative, the process or the form can be directed to Linda Peacock-Landrum in Career Services via email to email@example.com. Please expect a delayed response due to the holidays. There is no urgency to submitting the form as this initiative does not impact spring tuition bills. All forms need to be submitted no later than March 31, 2021.
“We have six nursing schools, 4,000 nurses,” University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson said. “The hospitals are at a all-time heavy load, nursing homes are having a huge problem, who better than our nursing students to come in and help out?” Source: $500 tuition credit available to UW System nursing students working in the healthcare system, WFRV
UW-Green Bay alumna, Sherri Underwood Johnson and her mother created a Facebook craft sale with proceeds going to the Dorothy Underwood Nursing Scholarship to benefit UW-Green Bay’s nursing students. Sherri’s mother, Dorothy, who is 88, has created some of the items. This fundraiser will run until 2 p.m. Nov. 28, 2020. Find the fundraiser on facebook.
“If nothing else, the year 2020 has shown us the importance of medical personnel. There is an ongoing need to support the education of nurses and to ensure caregivers for generations to come,” Johnson wrote in the fundraiser description.
In 2006, Sherri Underwood Johnson, RN, established a nursing scholarship at UW-Green Bay in honor of her mother, Dorothy Underwood, RN. Dorothy worked as a nurse for 43 years and kept her nursing license until the age of 78. The scholarship also honors Ruby Sirk Wolverton, Dorothy’s aunt, who is part of the family legacy of nursing.
If you would like to support this scholarship, donations can be made directly to UW-Green Bay with an online gift, or by mailing a check to UW-Green Bay Foundation, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, Wis. 54311.
Those who wish to support the Facebook fundraiser may choose a handcrafted item made by Sherri Underwood Johnson or Dorothy Underwood with a minimum donation of $40. Look under the “Discussion” tab for photos of what is available.
With this announcement comes great pride and gratitude to faculty and staff for support, preparation, and time spent with the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accreditation site visit team in February 2020. The UW-Green Bay’s MSN Leadership and Management program was awarded the maximum full 10 years of re-accreditation, through 2030. CCNE accreditation seeks continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.
When the cohort of graduate students earned their MSN degrees in July 2020, the occasion marked 60 MSN alumni who are now leaders and managers in nursing across the Green Bay area, state, and nation! Please share our good news and encourage any nurses interested in an online MSN degree in leadership and management to reach out to program advisors Ruth Pearson and Nicole Micolichek.
Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management—a fully online graduate program—has announced a partnership with SSM Health, in which SSM Health employees have their application fees waived when applying to the MSN program.
Value is created for both parties in such partnerships, as academic institutions gain a pipeline of students in health professions, while health system opportunities stemming from such partnerships include enhancing patient care as employees who are also students lead research and quality improvement (QI) projects, learn current best practice and develop advanced knowledge and skills for career advancement.
“Nurse leaders innovate and address challenges in healthcare delivery, especially during change and crisis, like the recent pandemic,” says UW-Green Bay’s Chair of the program, Janet E. Resop Reilly, DNP, APRN-BC, RN. “They direct other nurses and healthcare professionals to provide excellence in patient care. Through 2028, much faster than average growth of 17-18 percent is expected in the fields of nursing and healthcare administration and management.”
This flexible MSN program is designed to provide nurses the critical skills and knowledge to be innovative, effective nurse leaders, and offers QI experiences to enhance healthcare performance and patient outcomes. Participants in the program receive individualized leadership and management practicum experiences and complete a QI project in a healthcare organization or system where they reside. Abundant opportunities to engage with peers and expert leaders and managers in the field are integrated in the courses.
“Leadership is an inherent part of every nursing role, so this program is an opportunity for a staff nurse considering a leader or manager role, or an experienced nurse leader or manager, to build upon previous and new experiences to develop into transformational leaders and managers, which are critical for today’s challenging healthcare needs,” Reilly said.
About SSM Health
SSM (previously Sister of St. Mary) Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system.
As a young girl, Grace Stubb was drawn to jump in and help when somebody was sick or injured. Now she is a nursing student in her senior year at UW-Green Bay and will be graduating with a B.S. in Nursing. Along with her nursing degree, she also studied abroad in Spain and obtained a Spanish minor in hopes to communicate with patients in their primary language. Stubb recently landed her dream job and is now a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Green Bay.
Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication
UW-Green Bay’s Health and Wellness Program was recently featured on Local Five Live in light of the attention health care workers are receiving during the coronavirus pandemic. Associate Professor and Chair of Nursing & Health Studies Christine Vandenhouten was interviewed to give some insight into the field and program. Watch the interview via Health and Wellness Management program at UW-Green Bay | WFRV.
Program Chair of Health and Wellness Management Graduate program, Christine Vandenhouten shares about the growing demand for health and wellness workers. Workers in the health care industry are getting lots of attention these days, deservedly so. There is a growing field of Health and Wellness positions and UWGB has a great program to help you get started. For more information, head to uwgb.edu/mshwm. Source: Local 5 Live.