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Young students tour Ruehlow Nursing Complex

February 15th, 2017

2017_news_NUtour1Feb. 15, 2017 – MSOE’s School of Nursing provided an educational session and tour of the Ruehlow Nursing Complex for home-schooled students ages 5 to 12 who were studying how the body works. Patricia Plitcha, a mother and instructor for the students, requested the tour so they could associate what they were learning to real life. Faculty developed educational sessions that demonstrated how nurses assist clients to get and stay healthy. Activities included the effects of exercise on heart rate, healthy eating, proper handwashing, how to apply slings, splints and head wraps, and the use of isolation gowns. The favorite activity was when students interacted with one of the manikins in the simulation hospital. Students left with a better understanding of the role nurses play in keeping clients healthy, and a good time was had by all.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Master of Science in Nursing receives accreditation

January 3rd, 2017

Jan. 3, 2017 — Milwaukee School of Engineering’s School of Nursing has received notification that its Master of Science in Nursing degree has been granted accreditation through Dec. 31, 2021. The M.S. in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation), which determined that the program met all four accreditation standards and that there are no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements.

MSOE opened its School of Nursing after a merger with the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing (MCGHSN) in 1995. The program has been growing steadily ever since, and now includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an accelerated second-degree B.S. in Nursing program and the newly accredited M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Systems Management degree.

MSOE’s MSN helps to address the demand for well-educated, business-oriented professional nurses in managerial and leadership roles, which is growing due to the increasing complexity of the health care system. Nurses at mid-management and executive levels and nurse entrepreneurs must manage financial resources and human capital, analyze large data sets, understand complex organizational systems, and ensure quality and safety, all through the lens of nursing practice.

MSOE offers a unique approach to its MSN, which is best described as a graduate degree in nursing blended with business concepts. Many courses are co-taught by business and nursing faculty. For example, the first half of “Statistical Thinking and Data Analytics” is taught by faculty in the Rader School of Business. The second half is taught by faculty in the School of Nursing who will then apply the business learning to a health care setting.

The unique blend of nursing, business and engineering concepts equips graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in the health care environment. Courses are available via blended-Internet format, combining the benefits of face-to-face interaction with the convenience of online learning.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Nursing students help rescue fire victims

July 5th, 2016

July 5, 2016 — Six students from MSOE’s accelerated second degree nursing program spent part of their summer interacting with children at the Kidz It Iz child care center in Milwaukee through MSOE’s “Nursing Care of the Community” course. The course emphasizes use of the nursing process in partnership with communities for improving health. Students gain firsthand experience dealing with patients in a variety of clinical settings.

On their final day at the center, MSOE’s students encountered an unexpected situation: a fire broke out in the building as they arrived. They jumped to action, helping the child care providers make sure the children were safely out of the building and harm’s way.

“Our students were professional in every way. They did a great job easing the little ones’ fears as they moved them to a safe location. They stayed calm and focused, sat with the children and kept them relaxed as the firefighters entered the building and put out the fire,” said Rhonda Powell, assistant professor. “It is times like this when I am most honored, humbled and proud to be a part of the nursing profession. The owner of the center was almost in tears with gratitude for what our students had done. As a professor, I can’t think of a time when I was more proud of our students!”

Thanks to quick thinking and action by Lindsey Eigner, Tori Hanson, Kay Kilpatrick, Katlynn Orcutt, Tara Robey and Casey Wedell, a very scary situation for young children ended on a safe note and no one was injured.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Dr. Carol Sabel named chair of MSOE School of Nursing

July 1st, 2016

2016_news_Sabel_CarolJuly 1, 2016 — Carol Sabel, Ph.D., RN, CNE, has been named chair of the MSOE School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2016. She comes to MSOE from Alverno College, where she served as associate dean of the MSN program in the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing. She has 30 combined years of experience in nursing, education and research, having cared for patients in obstetrics and same-day surgery settings before focusing on teaching.

Sabel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Marian University and earned her Ph.D. in nursing from UW-Milwaukee, with a focus on education and chronic illness in children. She serves as the grant project manager at the Wisconsin Center for Nursing for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Plan. The purpose of the grant is to move nursing in Wisconsin forward in meeting the recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Health.”

“The nursing students of today need to be the leaders of tomorrow in providing evidence-based, quality and culturally competent care. They need to be able to effectively collaborate in a rapidly changing health care environment,” said Sabel. “It is through transformative learning and development that they will be ready to practice in this capacity. The innovative spirit that MSOE is known for lends to the development of nurses who are ready to face the challenges of an unpredictable health care environment.”

Sabel is involved in several local and national nursing organizations, including the Southeast Wisconsin Nursing Alliance, Mental Health Nurse Educators Coalition, National League for Nursing, Wisconsin Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, and the Building Bridges to Advance Nursing Research Conference planning committee. She also serves as president of the Delta Gamma At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Nursing student brings personal experience to program

April 20th, 2016

2016_news_Kowalski_MSOEApril 20, 2016 — Life is too short to postpone your dreams – it’s a reality that Amberley Kowalski knows too well. The option to get on the fast-track to a health care career was what drew the 31-year-old Hebron, Illinois native to MSOE’s accelerated nursing program.

“I like MSOE’s program because it allows me to get moving forward,” Kowalski said.

The Accelerated Second Degree B.S. in Nursing is a compressed, year round curriculum designed to enable students to enter the workforce as professional nurses in about 18 months.

The degree program was designed specifically for the adult working professional who has already earned a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree in another discipline and is looking to change careers.

Kowalski’s circumstance wasn’t exactly so cut and dry. “I had what was basically an unexpected ‘break’ in my life,” she said.

The “break” Kowalski refers to occurred when she was in her mid-20s and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English. She was planning to become a teacher. Then in 2010, about halfway through her program at Northern Illinois University, Kowalski was diagnosed with a fast-growing cancer – specifically, a primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMLBC).

Teaching English took a backseat to Kowalski’s new area of study: cancer.

2016_news_Kowalski_cancer“I really wanted to educate myself about what was going on so I read and researched everything I could,” she said. “My mom would come to appointments with me and she would joke that it sounded like two doctors talking and she didn’t understand what was being said.”

Kowalski spent two years in personal health limbo, riding the emotional highs and lows of the treatment rollerco
aster. “The scariest time was when the cancer came back in my liver after the first stem cell transplant using my own cells failed,” Kowalski said. “That was the worst possible outcome.”

Running out of local options, Kowalski’s research led her to the National Institute of Health in Maryland, where she was taken on by the foremost PMLBC researcher in the world. There, with her younger brother as a donor, she underwent a stem cell transplant. “When I could start to see the light at the end of the tunnel – that maybe I am going to get through this – I starting really thinking about what I am going to do with my life,” Kowalski said.

2016_news_Kowalski_brotherHer experience at the National Institute of Health as part of clinical research trial, as well as the time she spent with doctors and oncology nurses, put her on her current path. “When I was there, I met a nurse who was the same age as me,” Kowalski said. “She had had leukemia in high school. There is something about being cared for by people who have actually been there. They understand. I have something from my experiences that you can’t learn and I want to help other people who are going through it.”

Kowalski finished her bachelor’s degree at NIU in 2013, and, after completing her pre-requisites, in 2015 she entered the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing program at MSOE.

“These types of personal experiences and background are what nursing is all about – it is what draws people to the profession and what keeps you going day in day out,” said Dr. Jane Paige, program director of the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing program. “The ability to empathize and care for others who are being challenged with health issues, life and death, life style changes, and so on is not easy to fully understand unless you have gone though it yourself.”

Kowalski, an aspiring oncology nurse, currently volunteers with a variety of cancer related organizations, including: Be The Match, Athletes 4 Cancer, Relay for Life and Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund.

“It changed me,” Kowalski said. “My life is so much different now. If there is something I don’t want to do, I don’t do it. I concentrate on the things in life that make me happy.”

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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MSOE and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin host symposium

April 12th, 2016

The MSOE School of Nursing is teaming up with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin to host the first-ever Vision Screening and Eye Health symposium tonight at MSOE in the Campus Center, 1025 N. Broadway, room CC-244. The symposium, which will kick off Tuesday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m., will include a panel presentation featuring MSOE Assistant Professor of Nursing Rhonda Powell.

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that offers free, certified vision screenings, which identify children and adults who need full eye exams. PBW partners with universities like MSOE, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Cardinal Stritch to implement vision screenings and eye health clinicals into nursing program coursework. Nursing students in turn help provide the screenings.

“It’s a win-win for both organizations,” Powell said. “For our students it’s an opportunity to develop their skills through health training, connect with clients in the community, and earn clinical hours. The community clients receive free vision screenings and are being helped to identify vision problems and get vouchers for exams and eye glasses.”

MSOE nursing students screen between 1,000-1,500 children in grades kindergarten through high school annually. In one screening of 300 students, 30 were referred for eye exams and within six weeks, 12 were examined and prescribed eyes glasses.

“Studies show that one-quarter of all school-age children have some type of vision problems and their education is affected,” Powell said. “The earlier it’s detected the sooner it can be treated.”

Powell hopes the symposium will increase awareness about the program.

“I think we have had a major impact on Milwaukee already,” Powell said. “But if more community partners come forward, we can affect an even larger portion of the population.”

The symposium is expected to last 90 minutes. Parking is available in the Broadway parking lot. Street parking is also available.

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First class of Accelerated Second Degree Nursing students graduate

February 27th, 2015

ASD_Nursing.jpgThe first class of Accelerated Second Degree B.S. in Nursing students graduated on Feb. 28. Nine students completed this degree program which was designed specifically for the adult working professional who already has earned a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in another discipline and is looking to change careers.

“Once I decided I wanted to be a nurse, I knew I wanted it to be a quick process since I already have a four-year degree,” said Allison Patterson. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry. “MSOE was offering an accelerated program that didn’t make you jump through hoops in order to get accepted. And I had heard wonderful things about the nurses that come out of the program. Having a high-end nursing simulation lab was also a major benefit of this program.”

“I wanted to be able to complete nursing school in as little time as possible, and MSOE was the first place I found where I could complete my degree in only 18 months. I also liked that MSOE offers a wide variety of clinical experiences,” said Michelle Lenz, who previously earned a bachelor’s degree in biology.

The program at MSOE features a compressed, year-round curriculum which enables students to enter the workforce as professional nurses in approximately 18 months.

According to Adam Pischke, it “offers the opportunity to get a BSN without having to retake all of the humanities and social sciences already taken as an undergraduate.” Pischke has a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology.

“I thought it was a well-rounded program with lots of diverse clinical experience and plenty of face-to-face time with professors,” said Leah Wilde, who will work in the cardiac step-down unit at Froedtert Hospital after graduation.

“I would recommend this program to anyone who is willing to work hard and know that they want to become a vital part of the nursing community,” said Patteron. “It’s hard to find such dedicated professors who are willing to sacrifice their own time to see you succeed.”

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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MSOE Nursing program receives re-accreditation

June 13th, 2014

Milwaukee School of Engineering’s School of Nursing has received notification that its Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree has been granted continued accreditation for 10 years, extending to June 2024, with no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements. The B.S. in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

MSOE opened its School of Nursing after a merger with the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing (MCGHSN) in 1995. The program has been growing steadily ever since, and now includes an accelerated second-degree B.S. in Nursing program and a M.S. in Nursing in Health Care Systems Management degree.

The Ruehlow Nursing Complex, a $3 million, 25,000 square-foot innovative and experiential learning center, opened in 2013. Nursing students actively engage in simulation-based learning opportunities in authentic representations of actual healthcare situations. They integrate theoretical learning into practice through experiential learning opportunities that allow for repetition, feedback, evaluation and reflection.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Masters degree in nursing now offered at MSOE

June 2nd, 2014

MSOE’s School of Nursing will offer a Master of Science in Nursing: Health Care Systems Management beginning Fall 2014. The demand for well-educated, business-oriented professional nurses in managerial and leadership roles is growing due to the increasing complexity of the health care system.

Nurses at mid-management and executive levels and nurse entrepreneurs must manage financial resources and human capital, analyze large data sets, understand complex organizational systems, and ensure quality and safety, all through the lens of nursing practice.

The new MSN degree at MSOE meets this need and is unique in that many courses are co-taught. For example, the first half of “Statistical Thinking and Data Analytics” is taught by faculty in the Rader School of Business. The second half is taught by faculty in the School of Nursing who will then apply the business learning to a health care setting.

The MSN in Health Care Systems Management is best described as a graduate degree in nursing blended with business concepts. The unique blend of nursing, business and engineering concepts will equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in the health care environment. Courses are available via blended-Internet format, combining the benefits of face-to-face interaction with the convenience of online learning.

More information is available at www.msoe.edu/nursing.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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