The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) presented the 2012 Basic BSN program's "Community Partner of the Year" award to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) at the school's annual Nightingale Ceremony this fall. The Basic BSN program, a traditional on-campus bachelor of science in nursing program, has enjoyed a clinical partnership with CRMC that has been both enduring and successful. CRMC provides UW FWWSON students with excellent clinical experiences and actively seeks to hire UW's graduates. Says Susan Steiner, Associate Dean of the school, "We continue to enhance our clinical partnership each year. CRMC’s Karen Bowen, BSN, RN, CRMC Clinical Education Manager, works very hard at and is successful in facilitating the CRMC clinical experience for our students. She has been particularly diligent in helping faculty find the best experience for every senior capstone student who wishes to be placed at CRMC."
In addition to Bowen’s administrative support, the staff in the various CRMC units elicited praise from Deborah Retz (FWWSON faculty member and clinical instructor at CRMC): "I am privileged to have had the honor of working for CRMC for 33 years. I can tell you that the Telemetry, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, ICU and OR staff are wonderful to work with and are very pro-student. They go out of their way to share knowledge about their specific area and to look for learning opportunities for the students. The physicians are incredible teachers. The cardiologists, the cardiac surgeon and the anesthesiologists all spend a lot of time with students, assuring the best clinical experience possible.”
Dr. Steiner concludes, "We are fortunate to have a strong partnership with CRMC in providing the best clinical instruction for UW’s nursing students."
Below (l-r): Constance Schmidt, CRMC Chief Nursing Officer, and Karen Bowen, Clinical Education Manager, receive the 2012 Basic BSN award for CRMC from FWWSON Basic BSN Coordinator, Holly Miller, and Dean Mary Burman at the fall 2012 annual Nightingale Ceremony on the University of Wyoming campus.