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Message from the Dean

Dr. Judith Westphal

This issue of CONtact is focused on how the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Nursing faculty and staff function in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. 2020 is the Year of the Nurse, and the COVID-19 pandemic makes this proclamation even more appropriate. As essential workers, nurses are critical healthcare providers and in the college they are also faculty.

Read the Dean’s message

Balancing Act: Nursing educators adjust quickly to online teaching

The year 2020 has been anything but ordinary. These unprecedented times have caused educators across the country to scramble to adjust their processes and lesson plans in order to ensure the safety of their students and faculty.

Read more about how CON has adapted

First class nurse anesthetists, first class researchers

Healthcare in Wisconsin just got a big boost of doctoral-prepared nurse anesthetists from UWO. 11 students graduated in May as the state’s first class of nurse anesthetists in UWO’s rigorous three-year, 74-credit bachelor’s degree to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

Read more about the first-class first class

Virtual practice helps nursing students perfect skills

There’s no pause button in the nursing profession. Crucial—sometimes life-saving—decisions are made moment to moment in healthcare, and nursing students need to be ready for that challenge when they enter the workforce.

Read more about virtual nursing practice

Update from the CON Director of Development

Since writing this update for the 2020 CONtact magazine, I have retired from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I want to thank you for the trust that you have given to me over the last three years.

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CON Alumni Association chapter looks to connect, build strong relationships

As one of the nation’s leading nursing schools, alumni of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Nursing are part of a growing network of more than 8,500 healthcare professionals.

Read more about the Alumni Association

Points of Pride


students were on the Dean’s List this spring.

Our Accelerated BSN program ranks as the best online BSN program in the state by

1st ever CON Alumni Association Chapter was developed this spring

DNPs graduated this spring—the largest cohort to date

student graduates in spring 2020—the CON’s first time over 200

DNPs with the new nurse anesthesia emphasis graduated this spring. This cohort marks the first-ever BSN to DNP doctoral-level nurse anesthetists to graduate in the state of Wisconsin.