COLLEGE OF NURSING | FALL 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 RegisteredNursing.com.
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.