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JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing

  • Dean's Message
  • Mission
  • Leaders
  • Faculty
  • Accreditation

A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College!  Since 1932, the School of Nursing has been dedicated to providing students with an education that will allow them to make a difference in the health of individuals, communities, and the world.  With an ability based curriculum that is also based in the liberal arts, we incorporate the sciences, the latest evidence based nursing care, and the standards of the profession into a dynamic and meaningful experience for students.  We are proud of our legacy of excellence and invite you to learn more about our fully accredited professional programs:

Please explore our website or join us for an on campus visit!

 Margaret Rauschenberger

Ability Based Learning

The Alverno College Curriculum is based on eight institutional abilities or outcomes.

Graduation requirements are based on demonstration of outcomes rather than distribution of requirements.

To learn more, click here

 

Our Mission

 The JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College’s mission is to prepare proficient, devoted nursing professionals who are grounded in science to promote the well-being of diverse populations in a global communities. Our essential focus is to design student learning opportunities to guide the education of unique individuals, highlighting personal and professional development of practitioners who are prepared for leadership and life-long learning.

Our Vision

The vision of the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing is to develop professionals with global influence through innovative education.

Our Philosophy of Nursing

 The Alverno College JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing believes the focus of our work is the learner’s personal and professional development. We prepare a nursing professional who is compassionate, ethical, proactive, proficient, and dedicated to lifelong learning in our diverse and ever-changing global communities.

An ability-based curriculum underlies the art and science of nursing education. Founded on the liberal arts, the curriculum integrates human connection, science, and technology to promote health and intervene holistically to human responses. Through innovative learning experiences, we assist the learner to cultivate, apply, and transfer comprehensive knowledge, skills and abilities that lead to reflective nursing practice.

Alverno faculty and staff believe education goes beyond knowing to being able to do what one knows. Sensitive to unique learning needs, nursing faculty commit to performance-based, multidisciplinary educational practice including public criteria, feedback, and self-assessment. Developmental and varied experiences contribute to learning and increasing professional competence.

The teaching/learning process is a collaborative partnership among learners, educators, health care systems, and the broader community.  Educators and learners are mutually responsible to take ownership of, and actively engage in, learning experiences.  Curricula continually evolve to incorporate current theory, research, science, standards, and evidence–based practices.

As accomplished educators, learners, researchers, practitioners, and socialized professionals, Alverno faculty serve as role models of lifelong learning. Our goal is to promote a process of teaching and learning that provides guidance to students in the development of career goals and advancement of nursing practice.

A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College!  Since 1932, the School of Nursing has been dedicated to providing students with an education that will allow them to make a difference in the health of individuals, communities, and the world.  With an ability based curriculum that is also based in the liberal arts, we incorporate the sciences, the latest evidence based nursing care, and the standards of the profession into a dynamic and meaningful experience for students.  We are proud of our legacy of excellence and invite you to learn more about our fully accredited professional programs:

Please explore our website or join us for an on campus visit!

 Margaret Rauschenberger

Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing Studies

WasiullahKarin Wasiullah DNP, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-C

Karin.wasiullah@alverno.edu

414-382-6275 

 

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Director

Hartje

Karen Hartje DNP, RN, NP-BC, APNP

karen.hartje@alverno.edu

414 382-6280

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program Director

Luanne

Luanne Wielichowski MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-BC

Luanne.wielichowski@alverno.edu

414-382-6285

 

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Program Coordinator

Archer

Joanne Archer MSN, RN, APRN BC-ADM

joanne.archer@alverno.edu

414-382-6482

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program Director

Karen Wasiulah

Karin Wasiullah DNP, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-C

Karin.wasiullah@alverno.edu

414-382-6275 

 

Degree Completion (RN to BSN) Program Director

Archer

Patti Varga PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

patti.varga@alverno.edu

414-382-6303

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Program Director

KunkelLaurie Kunkel-Jordan MSN, RN, APN-BC, CCRN

laurie.kunkel@alverno.edu

414-382-6300

 

 

Clinical Liason

Archer

Becca Skidmore BSN, RN

becca.skidmore@alverno.edu

414-382-6278

JoAnne McGrath School of Nursing Faculty

The JoAnne McGrath School of Nursing faculty are comitted to providing their students with a transformative education. Faculty are deeply committed to the success of every student. Students will be transformed through the robust learning experiences provided by nursing faculty that are experts in the field. Small class sizes allow the nursing faculty to attend to the individual learning needs of the student.

Click to see a full listing of full time Nursing faculty.

 

JoAnne McGrath School of Nursing Faculty Research Highlights

 

Patti Varga

Patti Varga PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Degree Completion (RN to BSN) Program Director

Patti.varga@alverno.edu

414-382-6303

Research: Factors impacting diverse students in nursing programs

Patti Varga’s research is focuses on the success of students from diverse populations in nursing programs.  Working with a team of Alverno faculty and students, she serves as primary investigator on a study exploring factors that affect the success of diverse students in RN programs from associate through doctoral degree.  This study is funded through a grant from the Alverno College Center for Academic Excellence and extends the topic of her dissertation which proposed a new model and theory: The Theory of Diverse Student Faculty Partnerships.  Using findings from these two first studies, she anticipates testing interventions aimed at attracting students from diverse populations and successfully retain them through graduation.

 

Penny AltGehrman

Penny Alt-Gehrman, MSN RN

Assistant Professor

Penny.alt-gehrman@alverno.edu

414-382-6246

Area of expertise: ICU, Emergency, Trauma Nursing Care ‌

Penny Alt-Gehrman's research focuses on student learning, role transition and use of simulation in learning. Her work has resulted in the following publications:

  • Woda, A., Gruenke, T., Hansen, J., Alt-Gehrman, P. (2016) Nursing Student Perceptions Regarding Simulation Experience Sequencing, accepted by Journal of Nursing Education, 55(9), 528-532.  
  • Woda, A., Gruenke, T, Alt-Gehrman, P., Bratt, M. (submitted) Evaluating the Impact of Supplemented Simulation Learning Experiences on Clinical Decision Making and Clinical Competence.
  • Alt-Gehrman, P. (In process). Perceptions of Role Transition of the New Graduate Registered Nurse.  Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Alt-Gehrman, P. (Submitted). Nursing Simulation and Transfer of Knowledge in Undergraduate Nursing Programs: An Integrative Review, Nursing Education Perspectives.

CCNE Accreditation

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
 
CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency programs.
 

Alverno is fully accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the only agency devoted exclusively to accrediting baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education. Alverno has been granted the maximum 10-year accreditation period, extending from December 2009 through December 2019. 

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Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

The JoAnne McGrath School of Nursing is also approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing. Alverno College maintains continuous accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.