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Tip Sheet for the week of May 26, 2008

RELEASED: May 26, 2008

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Nursing programs at UW-Eau Claire and UW Oshkosh will begin planning a collaborative doctorate of nursing practice program, which will help advanced practice nurses in Wisconsin meet new educational requirements. Beginning in 2015, advanced practice nurses will be required to have a practice doctorate; currently a master's is required. Neither UW-Eau Claire nor UW Oshkosh has UW System approval to award doctoral degrees so the universities needed an entitlement from the UW System Board of Regents to plan the DNP program. The entitlement — granted by the regents this spring — allows the campuses to begin planning a doctoral degree. The board will later have to approve the program. The DNP will prepare nurses to practice in the complex health care environment that now exists and to influence needed change in the health care system. The need for advanced practice nursing in the region is vast. The program will be collaborative in nature but students will select a home campus from which the degree is awarded. Students in the program also can select some online coursework from UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison. The nursing programs plan to offer a bridge curriculum for nurses with master's degrees in nursing practice, which would take approximately three semesters of full-time work to complete. This will be the first doctoral degree offered by UW-Eau Claire. To discuss the program, contact Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, at 715-836-4977 or zwygarmc@uwec.edu.

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Three recent UW-Eau Claire graduates have been accepted into the highly selective Teach for America program, a nationwide organization that recruits top college graduates to teach for two years in public schools that are difficult to staff. The more than 5,000 member teachers work in communities all over the country and reach 440,000 kids. Teach for America has experienced significant growth this year and will place 3,700 new teachers this fall, up from 2,900 last year. There also has been a surge in applications from college seniors. About 24,700 applied this spring to be teachers, up from 18,000 last year. The nonprofit program sent its first recruits into American public school classrooms in 1990. UW-Eau Claire graduates most recently selected for the Teacher for America program are Gina Livingston, who graduated December 2007 with a major in Spanish; Rebecca O'Brien, who graduated earlier this month with majors in biology and Latin American studies; and Christopher Piper Nielson, who graduated earlier this month with a major in political science and will teach secondary English in inner-city Philadelphia this fall. Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning, can talk about why UW-Eau Claire alumni are such strong candidates for the program. You can reach him at 715-836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

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This spring a student in an advanced geographic information systems class created a series of maps that show the location of the proposed new jail in Eau Claire in relation to National Institute of Corrections' jail site recommendations. Geography major Beth Ellison's maps of her analysis of Eau Claire County's proposed jail location can now be viewed online. Her work was first presented as a research poster at UW-Eau Claire's Student Research Day in April. Dr. Paul Kaldjian, associate professor of geography, can provide addition information about the project and its findings. You can reach him at 715-836-2321 or Kaldjian@uwec.edu.

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