Students are key research partners and clinical partners in the College of Nursing.  Students earn either a PhD in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree.  Students design projects that increase the discipline of nursing’s knowledge base and that influence how practice is undertaken.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the College of Nursing at UWM among the top ten percent of nursing schools with graduate programs because our students play such an active role in research and clinical practice.  Such involvement leads to the creation of bold, effective solutions that promote wellness. More than 33 percent of our faculty and scientists are American Academy of Nursing Fellows, an achievement that provides our students with the opportunity to learn from the best scientists and educators.

UWM: The Research-University Advantage

Every academic program is enhanced by the full UWM experience: a top research university with more than 14 schools and colleges, a diverse, dynamic campus-life scene that blends academics and the arts, entertainment and culture, collegiate traditions and 21st century innovation.

Meet our Doctoral Scholars

Fellowship-Awards-Scholarships

Kelly Calkins -PhD Student
Awarded First Place Building Bridges Poster May 2017 at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Major Professor is Dr. Peninnah Kako

Natalie McAndrew-PhD Student
Awarded the 2017 Froedtert Nursing Research Internship Grant – Funded for $7,500: Major Professor is Dr. Rachel Schiffman
Kathryn Malin, PhD Student
Awarded the 2017 March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship; Major Professor Teresa Johnson

Jeneile Luebke Cleary, PhD student
Awarded the Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP)-2017-2018; Major Professor Dr. Aaron Buseh

Ann Stanton, PhD Student
Awarded the Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship Award 2017-2018; Major Professor: Dr. Peninnah Kako
Awarded the 2017 Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Dissertation Research Grant, titled, “Mothers’ Mental Health After Release from Incarceration” Major Professor: Dr. Peninnah Kako

Linda Wesp, PhD student
Awarded the Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship Award 2017-2018; Major Professor: Dr. Peninnah Kako
Awarded the 2017 Pride Award from the Milwaukee Pride, Inc See link for more information?
http://pridefest.com/2017/05/26/youre-invited-to-the-2017-opening-ceremonies/#more-11184

Laila Hasan DNP Student
Awarded the Advanced Opportunity Program 2017-2018 (AOP); Faculty Advisor Dr. Jennifer Kibicho

Emma Jones DNP Student
Awarded the Advanced Opportunity Program, 2017-2018 (AOP);Faculty Advisor Dr. Aaron Buseh

Duachy Vang, DNP Student
Awarded a $4,000 Grant through the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation the 2017 Astellas Heart Health Through the Life Span, Faculty Advisor Dr. Peninnah Kako 

Student Presentations (Oral and Poster)

Lindsey Roddy-PhD Student-Major Professor Michelle Polfuss
Roddy, L., (2017) The Medical Tubing Organizer, a simple solution to a detrimental problem. Lecture presented at the Venture Inventors Pitch Presentation/UWM,. February 24, 2017, Milwaukee, WI.
Roddy, L., (2017) A New Way to Organize Medical Tubing. Speech presented at the Milwaukee Quick Pitch First Look Forum. April 27, 2017, University Club of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.

Florine Ndakuya-PhD Student Major Professor: Dr. Peninnah Kako
Ndakuya, F., (2017) Reasons for consequences of and interventions to excessive alcohol consumption among youth: A qualitative study. Poster Presentation at the 2017 Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, April 8, 2017, Minneapolis, MN. (collaborated with Dr. Jennifer Kibicbo on study)

Media Esser-PhD student Major Professor: Dr. Teresa Johnson
Esser, Media (2016) Diaper Dermatitis: What do We Do Next?.” Speech presented at National Association of Neonatal Nurses Research Summit March 2017, Chicago, IL. 

May 2017 PhD Dissertation Defenses

Moudi S. Albargawi, PhD student
Recently defended Doctoral Dissertation, “ Influence of Health Beliefs on Diabetes Self-Care in Saudi Adults”. Major Professor: Dr. Julie Snethen

Megan Anderson, PhD Student
Recently defended Doctoral Dissertation, “ Patient Web Portal Use Among Women with Gestational Diabetes,” Major Professor: Dr. Jennifer Doering

Martha Badger PhD Student
Recently defended Doctoral Dissertation, “Reusing Nursing Documentation I the Electronic Health Record (HER) and a Patient Acuity Software System to Predict Length of Stay and Discharge Disposition for Open Colorectal Surgery Patients”-Major Professor: Dr. Amy Coenen

Debra Gillespie, PhD Student
Recently defended Doctoral Dissertation, “ Improving Research Participants’ Understanding of Informed Consent,” Major Professor: Dr. Rachel Schiffman

Martin Mikell, PhD student
Recently defended Doctoral Dissertation, “Exploring Factors Influencing Health Promoting Behaviors Among Latino Immigrants”. Major Professor: Dr. Julie Snethen 

May 2017 DNP Project Defenses

Maikeng Her, DNP Student
Recently defended DNP Project, “Increasing the Compliance of Skin to Skin Contact During the First Hours of Life”, Faculty Advisor: Dr. Teresa Johnson

Kelly Schleif, DNP Student
Recently defended DNP Project, “Improving Sleep in the Hospital to Reduce Delirium: A Quality Improvement Project”. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julie Darmody

Julie Christenson, DNP Student
Recently defended DNP Project, “ Assessing the Effectiveness of a Palliative Communication Workshop for Generalist, Acute Care Nurses”, Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sandra Underwood

Susan Rihawi-DNP Student
Recently defended DNP Project, “ Promoting Safe Transitions in the Emergence Department: A Shift Change Protocol”, Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kay Jansen

Bao Xiong-DNP Student
Recently defended DNP Project, “ Developing a Culturally Tailored After Clinic Visit Summary for Hmong Americans with Diabetes in a Primary Care Setting”, Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Morgan