Charlotte Wisnewski, Ph.D., R.N., B.C., C.D.E., C.N.E. (2011)
Associate Professor (School of Nursing)
Charlotte A. Wisnewski has been a registered nurse for 42 years and a faculty member for 28 of those years. She started her nursing education in Florida upon graduation from high school; she first worked as a cardiac staff nurse, then oncology nurse manager, critical care nurse and now as a faculty member. Nursing certifications include medical surgical nursing, certified diabetes educator, and certified nursing educator.
Dr. Wisnewski came to UTMB School of Nursing in 1996 to teach in her specialty area of medical-surgical nursing and critical care nursing. During the past 15 years, she has served as course coordinator of multiple courses including critical care, medical surgical nursing, health assessment, pathophysiology, and nursing research. She has been previous Undergraduate Program Director, ad interim and is currently in that role, having been recently promoted.
Charlotte has served as faculty liaison to the 12 month UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program for the past six years. In this role, she helps to educate new nursing graduates at UTMB to include evidence based nursing research in their practice of nursing. She also serves as Principle Investigator for the research portion of the Nurse Residency Program.
She is a certified diabetes educator and is frequently called upon for education consultation from UTMB nurses and physicians. She is a frequent local speaker on diabetes subjects; she has spoken both nationally and internationally regarding diabetes education. In her role as a member of The American Association of Diabetes Educators, she has served three years as a member of the National Research Technical Committee, reviewing research abstracts, writing short articles and briefs, and chairing the Technical Writing National Group which recently published a white paper for the members of the Association.
She served two terms as a faculty Senator, capping that service with three years as Chair-Elect, Chair and past Chair, stepping down from this role in August 2011. In her role as Chair of Faculty Senate, she assisted in the rebuilding of faculty spirit and confidence in the role of UTMB after Hurricane Ike. In meetings at the System Level, Dr. Wisnewski and other members of the Faculty Senate Executive Board sought to promote UTMB’s continuing role in education, research and service to the State of Texas as the University continued to rebuild after Hurricane Ike.