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.
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 Herzing.edu,
“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.
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.
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.
The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) has chosen University of Wisconsin (UW) Nursing’s [email protected] program as the recipient of its 2016 Celebration of Excellence Award for Mature Program. [email protected] is an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree-completion program providing a flexible distance learning option to registered nurses (RNs) with a two-year associate degree in nursing.
The [email protected] program was first launched 20 years ago and widely considered innovative at that time. 20 years ago, many people didn’t think a quality nursing program could be taught from a distance, but it’s now an enduring and essential part of the UW System. At its launch, the primary goal of the [email protected] program was to address the shortage of BSN-prepared nurses in Wisconsin. Today, its initial goal has become even more relevant with the release of a 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendation that 80 percent of the nursing workforce be at the bachelor’s level by 2020.
With collaboration of UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Extension, UW-Green Bay reports that 1,804 graduates have earned their BSN degrees through the [email protected] program over the last two decades.
A 2014 RN Workforce Survey from the Wisconsin Center for Nursing suggests that a significant number of RNs still need to earn their BSN degrees in order for the state to achieve national goals. Research from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) shows that baccalaureate prepared nurses are linked to lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors, and positive patient outcomes nationwide. Through partnerships with agencies and technical colleges around the state, the [email protected] program will continue to remove barriers to earning a BSN degree in Wisconsin.
UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education serving more than 400 institutions in North America. The Mature Program award recognizes established credit or noncredit programs that have demonstrated sustained innovation in continuing education and UW’s [email protected] program received its 2016 award on October 17.
Most people are familiar with war films like “Saving Private Ryan” that show the lives of soldiers on the battlefield, but battlefield dramas don’t allow us to fully understand the military experience of soldiers. However, there have also been a number of Hollywood movies showing what happens after soldiers return home and begin readjusting to civilian life. Many soldiers returning home prefer not to discuss their experiences of war, attempting to readjust to civilian life while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) privately. Movies that show what happens after soldiers return home may be the most valuable way to understand the military experience.
A new partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) is trying to help this cause through a new film series. The UW School of Nursing is hosting the film series in partnership with the UW Arts Institute, the UW School of Medicine, and UW Health. Featuring the series called “Through the Hollywood Looking Glass: PTSD and Beyond,” UW will be showing three movies on their campus for three consecutive Sundays.
The three movies will include:
“The Best Years of Our Lives” – An acclaimed 1946 drama about soldiers returning home from World War II, one of the first eye openers to Americans about issues of PTSD.
“The Deer Hunter” – A 1978 film epic from Michael Cimino, starring Robert DeNiro and Christopher Walken who play two young men from a small industrial town who go to Vietnam.
“Least Among Saints” – A more recent indie drama film from 2012 where a troubled soldier returning from the Iraq War befriends a young boy. The drama is from UW adjunct professor James Hirsch who will be taking part in a post-show discussion.
UW’s School of Nursing is in full support of the new film series, hoping to inform more people about the reality of our soldiers who struggle with PTSD and learning to adjust to civilian life again. Dean of the UW School of Nursing, Katharyn May, thinks this is an important topic for showing the unseen parts of readjusting to civilian life. When a soldier loses a leg, everyone can see it, but when a soldier suffers from PTSD, only close family or maybe even no one at all knows about it.
All of the UW partners involved in this film series hope to continue the film program by looking at other areas of health care that have been portrayed in film.