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Message from the Dean

Dr. Judith Westphal

The College of Nursing faculty and staff strive to meet the needs of the communities we serve in many ways. These needs may include workforce development, improving services and adding to healthcare knowledge. The need for healthcare workers is evident in a recent Wisconsin 2018 RN Workforce Survey. Currently, Wisconsin has 90,143 registered nurses, and the need for nurses continues to grow…

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The Great Cookie Experiment

Nurse educators at UW Oshkosh are getting creative in their efforts to cultivate interest among students to gain a deeper understanding of the research process and how it relates to evidence-based practice.

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Caring It Forward

The impact of a generous gift continues to grow exponentially with each passing year. More than 210 undergraduate and graduate nursing students have benefited from the support of the Dr. and Mrs. Hugh Kennedy Foundation.

Read more about the Kennedy Nursing Fellows

Trailblazing Relief for Sufferers of Chronic Pain

Happy tears are a great thing. For those seeking relief for sufferers of chronic pain, tears are the best reward. Faculty at UW Oshkosh are helping deliver an innovative way to relieve chronic pain through the infusion of intravenous (IV) lidocaine

Read more about lidocaine research

A Mother’s Love Inspires Scholarships for Single Parents

Two-time UW Oshkosh nursing alumna Col. Jane C. (Barta) Vesel created the Rita M. Barta Memorial Scholarships to assist undergraduate and graduate UW Oshkosh nursing students who are single parents.

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Update from the Interim Director of Advancement

On behalf of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing and our students, I thank all of our alumni and friends for the continued support over this past year.

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Nightingale Awards Celebrate Nursing Excellence

The College of Nursing and the its Board of Visitors recognized six Wisconsin nurses at the annual Nightingale Awards ceremony held in April.

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Nursing History Chronicled

The 1969 edition of The Quiver, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s yearbook from 1897 to 1974, featured an early update about the then School of Nursing, which was established in 1966. The entire Quiver collection, a University Archives project in partnership with Recollection Wisconsin, is now available online.

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Points of Pride


Since the Doctor of Nurse Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner program began in 2012, CON has maintained a 100% certification pass rate and graduated 112 DNPs.

CON’s Accelerated Nursing Program serves students in 12 states.

students have received degrees from CON since 1966.

UWO offered the first DNP Nurse Anesthesia program in Wisconsin starting in 2017.


More than 67% of CON faculty provide direct patient care in area clinics and hospitals.

CON has served Wisconsin nurses pursuing bachelor’s degrees through the BSN@Home Consortium since 1995.


UW Oshkosh proudly boasts a 96-percent NCLEX-RN pass rate for first-time test takers in Wisconsin.