- PhD- 1996, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
- MS- 1978- Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
- BSN- 1976- University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
- Diploma- 1968- Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Orlando, Florida
Areas of Research, Teaching, And Clinical Expertise and Scholarship
Dr. Wisnewski's clinical interest is in diabetes and cardiac nursing. She worked as a staff nurse and nurse manager in large community hospitals in Melbourne, Florida; Morristown, New Jersey; and the Houston. Texas metro area in cardiovascular, diabetes, and oncology nursing and critical care. She is a currently certified diabetes educator (CDE) and certified nurse educator (CNE). Her research interest is in health promotion behaviors in people with diabetes. She has had a clinical faculty practice as a diabetes nurse educator and continues to present education conferences to the school of nursing faculty, students, hospital staff nurses and participates in diabetes patient education. She serves on dissertation committees with PhD students interested in diabetes/cardiac nursing, critical care, and cardiovascular nursing. Nationally, she has served as a member of the American Association of Diabetes' Educators (AADE) research committee 2009-2011,and has presented on diabetes and cardiac nursing both nationally and internationally. Her most recent publications in diabetes are: Wisnewski, C.A.2010.Nutrition in Diabetes (chapter 19). In Tucker, S. (Ed.), Nutrition and Diet Therapy for Nurse, Prentice Hall Health; also a National White Paper published by American Association of Diabetes Education (AADE) in 2012, for which she served as National Chair of the writing group.
Courses taught include: Critical care, Adult II, Adult I; Nursing Research (evidenced based practice); Pathophysiology; Pharmacology, Health Assessment, Capstone clinical, and Professional Role, frequently serving in the course coordinator role. In Spring 2014, she course coordinated both Pathophysiology and EBP while simultaneously carrying out her BSN Program Director Role. She has experience teaching in both the classroom and online environments at the BSN level although her love is face to face interaction with the student learner.
- Elected Chair of UTMB Faculty Senate 2009-2010; President of Alpha Delta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, Intl, 2009-2010; Awards from Alpha Delta Chapter: Excellence in Leadership, 2012, Excellence in Mentoring, 2010 and Excellence in Education, 2008. Dr. Wisnewski has been selected three times for the Faculty Excellence Award at UTMB by the Student Nurses Association: 2001, 2002, and 2007. She was the UTMB faculty liaison for the UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program for new graduates 2005-2012. Nationally, she also served as Chair of the Evidenced Based Curriculum for the Nurse Residency Program and is currently a National Site Accreditation visitor for The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for Nurse Residency Programs. She is currently the National League for Nursing's (NLN) Ambassador to the School of Nursing and participates in a number of NLN activities.
- At UTMB her leadership roles have included Chair of the UTMB Faculty Senate (2009-2010) and service on the Executive Board also in Chair-Elect and Past Chair positions. . She served four years as a member of the UTMB Faculty Senate for the School of Nursing, She also was elected Chair of the School of Nursing Faculty Senate 2004-2005; Chair of the Curriculum Committee. She is a member of the Institutional Education Evaluation Committee (IEEC) for many years and has been an invited member of numerous other University committees/panels, the most recent was the UTMB 2020 visioning panel. Over the years she has served in multiple positions in the American Nurses Association at the local, state and national levels and currently focuses her efforts at the State and Local levels. She is a member of the National Honor Society of Nursing and served as President of Alpha Delta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau in 2008-2010, hosting a Research Day for each year that she was President or President- Elect.
- Dr. Wisnewski has been a fulltime member of the School of Nursing faculty since 1996. In 2005-6 she was interim Undergraduate Program Director and has been the fulltime Program Director currently from 2011-2014. During that time the number of students has doubled in number from about 275 to about 550 students. The number of fulltime and pay by letter faculty has also exponentially risen. Dr. Wisnewski continues to carry on her fulltime duties in the School of Nursing after over 45 years of service as an RN and 21 years of fulltime nursing education experience. She especially enjoys mentoring both midlevel and younger faculty and serves as a formal advisor/mentor to several faculty members. She has also overseen the use of the ATI program become integral to the curriculum of the School of Nursing.. She plays an active role with advising students and helps faculty to increase their student advising abilities.
- Personally, Dr. Wisnewski has been married for over 45 years to her electrical engineer husband, now retired from IBM. They have two grown children and two elementary school-age grandchildren. Eric lives in Houston and works in the IT field; Jen lives in the DC area and is a busy mother to their two children and wife to a US Navy Commander who served military duty for a year in Iraq; Jen's master's degree in International Studies from George Washington University has been used in her field of global public health research.