PEWAUKEE — Waukesha County Technical College has promoted Michele Nelson, associate dean of Nursing, to dean of the School of Health. Nelson spent 10 years working as a registered nurse, mostly with spinal cordinjurypatients , before moving into a teaching role.
She taught juniorand senior-level nursing classes and clinicals at Milwaukee School of Engineering before joining WCTC’s Nursing faculty in 2008. At WCTC, Nelson taught classes including Health Promotion, Advanced Skills, and Intermediate Clinical Practice among others.
In 2016, she was promoted to associate dean of Nursing, and earlier this month, she became dean of the School of Health. “I am looking forward to building relationships with the SOH faculty and support staff, and getting to know the students,” Nelson said. “I am also looking forward to having discussions with faculty and support staff, visiting classrooms/clinical sites and gaining a better understanding of all of the programs within the SOH.”
As associate dean of Nursing, Nelson worked closely with faculty to reshape the delivery of select Nursing courses. Upon realizing students were seeking online courses and taking them elsewhere, instructors responded by converting five of eight courses to a hybrid format, and the result was an uptick in enrollment. Beyond her work at the college, Nelson serves on the Nursing advisory board for Mount Mary University and is actively involved at the state level with the Wisconsin Technical College System Nursing Administrators and the Administrators of Nursing Education of Wisconsin.