University of Wisconsin-Madison Nursing Professor Inducted to Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

University of Wisconsin-Madison Nursing Professor Inducted to Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Dr. Barbara J. Bowers, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research and sponsored programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, has been selected by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing for induction to the Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to nursing science.

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame was created in 2010 to recognize nurse researchers who have achieved significant recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. Bowers is one of 20 individuals from around the world to be inducted into the Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame this year. Those selected will be formally inducted at the Sigma International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia, this July.

Bowers is known internationally for her contributions to the science and practice of nursing in the care of older adults, especially those in long-term care or residential settings. Her research career spans three decades, making Bowers renowned for her influence on gerontological science, healthcare policy, and research methodology. Bowers also founded and now directs the Center for Aging Research and Education which is housed in the School of Nursing and helps put aging research into action in communities throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

Nursing School Dean Dr. Linda D. Scott tells, “Dr. Bowers has made a significant impact on the science of nursing, the study of gerontology, and the UW-Madison School of Nursing. Her vast body of work reflects her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of older adults and their caregivers, and she has inspired countless others to focus their careers not only on addressing the needs of the aging but also on changing the way society perceives older adults and the people who support them.”

To learn more about Bowers and her influential career in nursing research, visit here.

UW-Madison School of Nursing Receives $1.3 Million Grant to Recruit Native American Students

UW-Madison School of Nursing Receives $1.3 Million Grant to Recruit Native American Students

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) School of Nursing recently received a $1.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop a program to recruit and retain 30 Native American nursing school students.

The project is called “Success Through Recruitment/Retention, Engagement, and Mentorship (STREAM) for American Indian Students Pursuing Nursing Careers” in alignment with a Wisconsin Center for Nursing goal to expand the diversity of the nursing workforce to mirror the diversity of the population they serve.

Native American students are among the most under-represented on the UW-Madison campus, including the nursing program. According to, the Wisconsin nursing workforce is 94 percent white, but the Wisconsin population is only 79 percent white. In addition, 90 percent of nurses who provide services in Wisconsin tribal health facilities are white while a majority of patients are American Indian.

Dr. Audrey Tluczek, director of the recruitment program, tells, “Having nurses who are actually members of a community is really vital to addressing the great health disparity that actually exists in these communities…We only have one or two students per year who self-identify as American Indian, or Native American.”

The UW-Madison School of Nursing is working with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council to recruit and retain 30 Native American nurses and create opportunities for future students and impact health outcomes in their local community. Funding from the grant will provide financial support for Native American nursing students and help develop peer support programs for these students. To learn more about the STREAM grant, visit here.

UW-Madison Nursing Students Aid in Tornado Relief through Rural Health Care Immersion Program

UW-Madison Nursing Students Aid in Tornado Relief through Rural Health Care Immersion Program

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) has a rural health care immersion program where the focus of the curriculum is on disaster and crisis response. Their classroom discussions are usually hypothetical, but after a tornado hit northwestern Wisconsin in late May, nursing students in the rural health care program put their knowledge to the test by aiding in tornado relief efforts.

Clinical assistant professor Pamela Guthman was leading a team of seven nursing students in the Community and Public Health Immersion Clinical program in northwestern Wisconsin when a tornado hit nearby. Students were there to learn about the necessity of health care providers and health educators in rural and underserved communities.

The nursing students partnered with the American Red Cross to aid in recovery efforts, specifically those who were displaced after the tornado destroyed a trailer park. The students did not provide immediate medical attention, but they were able to help by interviewing people affected by the tornado, and providing those people with health and housing information. Guthman tells the Wisconsin State Journal,

“What we’re going to be doing is helping people who have been devastated by the loss of their homes. We know that housing is very closely related to a person’s mental health.”

The counties affected by the tornado have been under-resourced for a long time, creating a health disparity and lack of resources which makes it even harder for these communities to bounce back following a natural disaster. One of the goals of the rural health care immersion program is for students to learn a sensitivity for the challenges of rural communities. There is a need for both health care professionals working on acute crises and professionals focusing on prevention. Public health nurses are an essential part of the healthcare team in rural areas.

To learn more about the rural health care immersion program at UW-Madison and their service providing tornado relief aid, visit here.

Herzing University Expands Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program to Madison Campus

Herzing University Expands Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program to Madison Campus

With Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs already available at the Brookfield and Kenosha campuses in Wisconsin, Herzing University recently expanded its nursing program to include a BSN degree at its Madison campus. The program was launched to help fill a statewide gap of almost 20,000 nurses by 2035, a projection issued by the Wisconsin Center for Nursing.

Students are eligible to enroll directly into the BSN program and finish their degrees in three years. With spring, summer, and fall semesters available, students can earn their degree faster than traditional four-year BSN programs. Bill Vinson, Madison Campus President at Herzing University, told,

“We’re excited to make this program available locally in Madison because the industry is changing, with hospitals striving to hire more nurses with a bachelor’s degree. Nursing is still a very in-demand career field, and a BSN makes our students more competitive in the job market.”

Herzing also offers an RN to BSN bridge program that allows licensed registered nurses (RNs) with associate degrees to earn their bachelor’s degree in 12 months. RNs in the bridge program complete their BSN coursework through a combination of in-person and online classroom settings. For Wisconsin nurses who have completed their BSN, the university offers a variety of nursing and healthcare specialty programs, including a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for family nurse practitioners and nurse educators.

Herzing University is an accredited private nonprofit with 10 campuses in seven states and an online division. The university is known for its small class sizes and supportive learning environment with a flexible schedule. Learn more about Herzing University and it’s nursing programs here.

Rasmussen College Expands Master of Science in Nursing Program to North Dakota and Wisconsin

Rasmussen College Expands Master of Science in Nursing Program to North Dakota and Wisconsin

After launching their first Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program in October 2016, Rasmussen College announced yesterday that enrollment is now open for its MSN program in North Dakota and Wisconsin for classes beginning in April. Excited to expand their MSN program to two new states where demand for master’s educated nurses is increasing, Rasmussen’s MSN program is expected to help meet the need for a workforce with more nurse leaders and educators.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that 70,000 qualified candidates were turned away from nursing programs in 2014 due to insufficient number of faculty. At the same time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that occupations requiring master’s degrees will grow 18.4 percent through 2022, and 255,000 of the 448,500 jobs expected to require a master’s degree will be within the healthcare and social assistance fields.

Dr. Joan Rich, vice president of the Rasmussen College School of Nursing, reports that job postings from the past year in Wisconsin for nurses with a graduate or professional degree has increased 430 percent from five years ago, while North Dakota has experienced a 330 percent increase since 2011 according to Burning Glass. Rasmussen looks forward to helping fill new positions in these states.

Students in the MSN program can choose between two specializations, Nurse Educator or Nursing Leadership and Administration. The online MSN degree is intended for currently licensed registered nurses (RNs) with baccalaureate degrees in nursing to advance their careers by moving into advanced nursing leadership roles.

First Doctoral-Level Nurse Anesthetist Program to Be Offered at UW Oshkosh

First Doctoral-Level Nurse Anesthetist Program to Be Offered at UW Oshkosh

With a shortage of doctoral-level Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the state of Wisconsin and 30 percent of all CRNAs set to retire in the next five years, the University of Wisconsin (UW) Oshkosh has responded by offering the first doctoral-level nurse anesthetist program in the state to help lessen the shortage.

The College of Nursing at UW Oshkosh has developed a nurse anesthesia program to meet the healthcare needs of Wisconsin citizens in rural and urban areas. Future CRNA students at the university will receive their doctoral level nursing education in new state-of-the-art simulation labs. Simulations will include scenarios with high-fidelity simulators, animal models, and cadaver models. The CRNA program will be a three-year, full-time program requiring 74 graduate credit hours in courses like anatomy, pharmacology, chemistry, and pathophysiology. Students will also complete clinical hours with partners around the Fox Valley area.

UW Oshkosh’s CRNA program is the second program at the university with Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) emphasis. The first is a Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis which began in 2010.  The DNP is the highest level of nursing education and it prepares nurse clinical experts in specialized advanced nursing roles.

UW Oshkosh is now accepting applications for the inaugural class which is scheduled to begin in June 2017.

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