Student presentations at nursing conference

Three Wisconsin Lutheran College nursing students presented their posters on Saturday, March 29 at the WELS Nurses Association Spring Conference, which was held at WLC. The topic of their presentations was “Maternal Child Health Issues in Resource Poor Settings.”

Prof. Carey presents in Croatia

On November 9, I gave a podium presentation of my doctoral study, “Shoes, Shots, and Society: Preparation for Short-Term Service Overseas” in Zagreb, Croatia, at the First International Congress of the International College of Person-Centered Medicine. Twenty-nine countries were represented.

Sigma Theta Tau International induction

Congratulations to Wisconsin Lutheran College’s first group of Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society inductees (Phi Beta Chapter). The ceremony was held April 13 at Concordia University-Wisconsin.

  • Rachel Borchard
  • Katie Kronebusch
  • Kaili Markgraf
  • Leanna Miller
  • Kayla Wiechman

Nursing reception

By WLC assistant professor of nursing Amanda Passint

On Friday, May 18, 2012, the School of Nursing held a reception in Generac Hall to commemorate the first graduating class from the WLC School of Nursing. Throughout the night, participants were able to celebrate the hard work, joys, challenges, and fruits of labor of the students, faculty, families, and supporters of the nursing program. Approximately 100 guests attended the reception.

During the short ceremony, Department Chair Prof. Rebekah Carey recognized a few of the many supporters of the program and helped participants to reflect upon the many triumphs of the program (see her comments at the end of this post).

Dr. John Kolander, WLC Provost, reflected upon the beginning of the nursing program and discussed the importance of having WLC nursing graduates in the community to act as servant leaders.

The 10 graduates from the class of 2012 were individually recognized and received their WLC nursing pins (receiving a pin with the school’s logo is a time-honored tradition among nursing graduates). The ceremony concluded with a song of thanksgiving to God for the blessings he has bestowed upon the WLC nursing program.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012, and thank you to all who have supported the WLC School of Nursing!

Prof. Carey’s remarks:
As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good to all ? this bit of scripture is the underlying theme of our nursing program. Our opportunities have been many ? our students? goodness has shown through in multiple ways. The support from colleagues, friends of the college, and family members has been abundant! This evening we celebrate the hard work, the joys, the challenges, and the fruits of our efforts.

Our students stand before us. Our colleagues and families stand beside us. And the CCNE accreditation body has recognized us!

With a new program, comes many ?firsts.? Besides a whole new curriculum, the members of the class of 2012 pioneered in other areas as well:

Kristen Luebbe was the first WLC Student Nurse Association president, essentially developing the organization from the ground up in 2008. Additionally, she is the first in her class to land a real nursing job ? already in February!

Jillian Jackan was the first nursing student to present at the 2011Undergraduate Research Symposium, sharing her data on vision and hearing screening of elementary students in an urban school setting.

Amanda Kamla was the first second degree nursing student, as well as the first to attain a Level 3 in the ATI review, a distinction shared by fewer than 10% of nursing students nationally. She is also my first relative to be accepted into the nursing program!

Nathanael Rosenberg was the first nursing student to attain Scholar Athlete status as a WLC football player.

As written by the apostle John, ?Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.?

To our loved ones, friends, and colleagues in this room, you have loved with actions and in truth. Know that your prayers and support have blessed us greatly.

New faculty member

The School of Nursing is pleased to welcome Prof. Amanda Passint (center).

Prof. Passint obtained her BSN from Concordia University. Her MSN from the University of Wisconsin-Madison includes both a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. Her practice experience has been at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematology.

She will be teaching Child and Adolescent Nursing, as well as Adult Health Nursing, and Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing.

Nurse Pioneers

On Friday,?May 7, 2010, WLC held its annual Honors Convocation to recognize student achievement. This year we included a new award – the Nurse Pioneer award, to recognize special contributions of a nursing student. Because of the perseverance, academic achievement, and courage of our inaugural nursing students, all 10 members of the BSN Class of 2012 were granted the award. Each was presented with a Littmann III Cardiology stethoscope upon which the student’s name was engraved. This year’s sponsor of the award wishes to honor her aunt, Barbara Ziesmer, for her many years of service as a nurse anesthetist in the Racine area.


Nursing Lab Open House

Over 130 people attended the open house of our new nursing laboratory today! The day will truly go down in history as a memorable one for the nursing program at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

The festivities started with an open house for the WLC faculty, staff, and students from 11:30 a.m ? 1:30 p.m. Professors and students who were in class in the same room just a few months before were amazed at the transformation. Some desks and chairs still remain, but the room looks much more like a healthcare setting than a classroom. Five patient care areas surround the perimeter of the room, each occupied by a member of the Sim family (the patient simulators).

Ten minutes before the official start time of our community open house session at 4 p.m., guests began filing in to the lab. For the three hours that followed, sophomore nursing students proudly demonstrated the capabilities of the simulators and the features of the lab. Their poise was impressive and presentations were informative ? a wonderful example of the blessings God has provided to our program.

Fast Tube by Casper

Fast Tube by Casper

We are grateful for the many guests who were able to attend the open house. Representatives from area schools, healthcare facilities, churches, and businesses were in attendance, as well as prospective students and family and friends of the students and faculty. It was certainly a diverse group, but one that represents many resources of support for this new program.

We look forward with great enthusiasm as we continue to build the nursing program at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!