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Heidi Wincentsen

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Nursing Faculty/Lecturer, UW-Stevens Point (August 2015-present)
  • Nursing Faculty, Wausau, WI (2012-2015)

Research Interests

  • Leveraging technology for primary and secondary prevention of various chronic diseases
  • Neuroplasticity and neural reserve in degenerative neurological diseases
  • Self management teaching in nursing for improved patient outcomes with chronic disease
  • Healthy aging
  • Healthcare workforce improvement

Professional Experience

  • Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau, WI (1997-present)



  • NTC Nursing Advisory Board Member, (2015-present)
  • NTC CNA/Geriatric Advisory Board Member, (2015-present)
  • Northcentral Technical College Transfer Fair, (2015-present)
  • Study abroad program to Ometepe, (2018-2020).
  • Chamber of Commerce Wausau, (2020)
  • Aspirus Educational Fair, (2016-present)


  • Partners Progressive Agriculture Group (ongoing)
  • Wausau School District Gifted and Talented Advisory Board
  • Just Giants Rescue, Inc
  • Marathon County Youth Hockey, (2009-2020)

Professional Memberships

  • The National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) Member (1999-present)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, (2012-2013)

Presentations and Publications

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Nursing Program Accreditation, 2020
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Presentation Aging in America, 2019
Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Facilitator for Inter-professional Event, annual

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain by David Eagleman
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson

Best advice you ever received?

Nobody actually knows what they are doing in life, stay curious and never get too comfortable where you become complacent.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A nurse!

Favorite Quote?

“We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.” D. H. Lawrence

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

As we continue to navigate unparalleled changes in healthcare and education, we embrace flexibility while maintaining high academic standards with a real world view. I feel the partnership with students promotes a successful learning environment with outcomes impactful to those we care for.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Our nursing students are as diverse as nursing, which makes my role enjoyable.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Some days it’s about productivity and efficiency. Some days, it’s about hard work and progression and some days, it’s about all of the above. There will be days where it is simply about getting through the day and knowing tomorrow will come and you did your best, even if everything isn’t going right. This is nursing. We are here to guide and support you.

Heidi Wincensten
Lecturer - Nursing
Faculty Associate in Nursing - UW-Madison BSN@Home

D142 Science Building


D.N.P. in Executive Leadership Candidate
Edgewood College

M.S.N. in Nursing Education
Walden University, 2013

UW-Oshkosh, 2010

Northcentral Technical College, 1999

Orthopaedic Nurse Certification (ONC)
State of WI Registered Nurse Certifications

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
State of WI Registered Nurse Certifications


HS 410 - Issues in Aging
NURS 310 - Professional Essentials
NURS 441 - Chronic Care Management
NURS 452 - Aging and Health
NURS 453 - Information Management and Healthcare Technology