The nursing profession has faced unprecedented challenges due to the ongoing pandemic. Nurses have remained at the front lines providing care and support to individuals, families, and communities. Therefore, it is fitting that the World Health Organization named 2020 the International Year of the Nurse, and designated 2021 as the International Year of the Nurse Continued. Experiences during the pandemic have elevated the resilience and perseverance of more than 3.8 million Registered Nurses (RNs) throughout the world. The nursing profession has been put to the test and continues to excel. Throughout these experiences, nursing faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to provide education and support to nursing students in the face of an ever-evolving response to the pandemic and its effect on education. These diligent efforts are rewarded when we see our new graduates join the profession as competent, safe, and well-prepared clinicians.
It is extremely rewarding to be involved in the education of future nurses. Witnessing the innovation and devotion of the nursing profession over the past 12-18 months has deepened my desire to continue our proud tradition of excellence in nursing education. During my time as interim Dean, my goal is to guide the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College Nursing faculty and staff in continuing the excellent tradition of developing caring and scholarly leaders who positively impact contemporary and future healthcare.
As nurses, advanced practice providers, leaders, educators, and researchers, we are constantly challenged to find novel and effective ways to provide the competent, timely, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care necessary to produce high quality health outcomes. We accomplish this while working to the full extent of our education and training within an increasingly complex healthcare industry. Our profession carries the enormous responsibility of driving healthcare reform, improving outcomes of patients, families, and populations, while generating and translating knowledge that effectively achieves improved health outcomes.
Today is a great time to consider starting or advancing your career in nursing. According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses are one of the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2024. Jobs for advanced practice registered nurses are projected to grow at any even faster rate than RN jobs. Nearly 50,000 more positions for nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives and nurse practitioners are expected to be available by 2022. Pioneering opportunities continue to flourish for nurse leaders and nurse scientists. I encourage you to learn more about becoming a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing student.
Whether you are a prospective, current or returning student, I invite you to browse the website to learn about our remarkable programs and achievements of students, faculty members and alumni (Points of Pride). The overriding strength of our educational programs, research opportunities and clinical services is due to the talented and dedicated faculty members, clinicians and researchers within the College of Nursing.
Bonnie L Nickasch, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Interim Dean College of Nursing
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh