Dr. Gail E. Wise, associate provost and dean of nursing and allied health at Gateway
Community & Technical College, has been named an outstanding alumna by the University
of Kentucky College of Nursing (UKCN) as part of that colleges 50th anniversary celebration.
Dr. Wise is one of 51 UKCN graduates who were recognized for their accomplishments
and contributions within the Commonwealth of Kentucky and across the nation. UKCN
has 5,000 alumni.
We are very proud of the work that Dr. Wise has accomplished in leading our nursing
and allied health programs at Gateway, said Dr. Ed Hughes, Gateway president and CEO.
She has established herself through her dedication and excellence as a leader in the
nursing and healthcare fields not only in Northern Kentucky but across the Commonwealth.
I am delighted that the University of Kentucky College of Nursing honored her.
Dr. Wise earned bachelor and master of science degrees in nursing from UK, as well
as a doctoral degree. She began her career as a staff nurse and served in management
positions in acute care and community nursing. For the majority of her professional
career, Dr. Wise has been involved in nursing education. She has both administrative
and teaching expertise as a technical, associate degree, baccalaureate, and graduate
Her appointment to the Kentucky Board of Nursing in 2004 and reappointment in 2008
recognizes her stature in the healthcare field. As a board member, she has chaired
the education committee since 2005. She has been actively involved in many professional
organizations, such as the Kentucky Nurses Association, Nurses Christian Fellowship,
American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, and American Public Health Association.
In 2001 she developed the Kentucky Christian University Baccalaureate School of Nursing
and received Kentucky Board of Nursing approval and accreditation from the Commission
on Collegiate Nursing Education.
A resident of Mays Lick, Ky., Dr. Wise is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center in community health nursing and nursing professional development and has published
several articles. She is an American Heart Association affiliate faculty and has acted
as a consultant in various community and acute care facilities, volunteered in community
activities and has acquired funding for multiple grant proposals.
"Each of the alumni who were honored are an important part of the Colleges legacy,
said Jane Kirschling, dean of the UK College of Nursing. Their contributions over
the years exemplify that UK nursing alumni are committed to nursing excellence and
that individually and collectively they make a difference in the lives of those they