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Tip Sheet for Week of April 29

April 29, 2013

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UW-Eau Claire and Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their nursing partnership. An event is planned in Marshfield today (Monday, April 29). An anniversary reception also will be held from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Room 119 of the Nursing Building at UW-Eau Claire. The partnership allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing from UW-Eau Claire while taking nursing classes in Marshfield. State-of-the-art technology in classrooms in Marshfield and Eau Claire bring nursing students and faculty from both sites together for interactive discussions and learning. All nursing classes offered at the Eau Claire and Marshfield sites are available to students in both locations. To date, 531 nurses have earned nursing degrees from UW-Eau Claire through the Marshfield program. When university and hospital officials established the program a quarter century ago, it was the first known agreement between a public higher education institution in Wisconsin and a private health care agency, and the first program in the state to use two-way telecommunications to teach nursing at an off-campus location. With health care becoming more complex, baby boomers aging and many nurses preparing to retire, the demand for highly educated nurses soon will skyrocket in Wisconsin and the U.S., says Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. State and national nursing and health care organizations, as well as state workforce development groups, now have stated goals around increasing the number of nurses with bachelor's degrees. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine's report, "Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," recommended raising the education level of the nursing workforce. Specifically the report called for increasing the number of nurses with bachelor's degrees from 50 percent to 80 percent by 2020, and doubling the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020. In February, Competitive Wisconsin Inc.'s "Be Bold 2: Growing Wisconsin's Talent Pool" report included nursing and health-related professions as one of five skill clusters around which the state's talent development must focus because of high demand. The report states that nearly 60 percent of Wisconsin's registered nurses are age 45 or older, and more than 46 percent plan to retire during the next nine years. Partnerships among academic institutions and private organizations, as well as the use of technology in nursing education, are among the recommended strategies for meeting those goals. For details about the UW-Eau Claire-Marshfield program or the future of nursing education, contact Dr. Linda Young at 715-836-4904 or younglk@uwec.edu. Media can arrange to tour distance education classrooms or observe a class.

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Jill Seichter, a social work major from Menomonie, received the Ryan Prechel Community Service Fellowship for her"Music+Memories=Magic" project, which gives personalized iPods to Alzheimer's and dementia patients at two local nursing homes. The iPods contain music specific to the individuals and assists in communication with staff and family members. For details, contact Seichter at kriegjs@uwec.edu.

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More than 500 students and 150 faculty mentors will share their projects from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2, in Davies Center. Many Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (formerly known as Student Research Day) projects will focus on health care or health-related issues, including several by area students. Examples include:

  • "Collaborating with Local Women Who Are at Risk for Hepatitis C: A Forward Step to Meeting a Need in the Chippewa Valley," by Gretchen Bachmeier, Eau Claire, Amanda Geist, Eau Claire, Brittany Wiest, Verona, and Devon Lehr, Appleton.

  • "Body Image of Opera Singers," by Abigail Doering, Altoona.

For details, contact Dr. Karen Havholm, director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, at orsp@uwec.edu or 715-836-3405.

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