The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) presented the 2012 BRAND program's "Community Partner of the Year" award to St. John’s Hospital of Jackson, Wyoming at the school's annual Nightingale Ceremony this fall. The BRAND program, an accelerated outreach bachelor of science in nursing program for the student with a previous non-nursing baccalaureate degree, has partnered with St. John's for several years. "St. John’s and Cathy Beck have always welcomed BRAND students to their facility and provided excellent clinical experiences," says program coordinator Carrie Deselms. Cathy Beck (pictured to the right with BRAND students) is adjunct faculty for the FWWSON and has been a clinical instructor for BRAND since 2008 in addition to her current duties at St. John's as Director of the Medical/Surgical Unit. Deselms continues, "The students who have been there are consistently positive in their evaluations of St. John’s for the friendliness of the staff and facility as well as the wide variety of clinical learning opportunities. We wish to thank St. John’s Hospital by making them our Community Partner of the Year."
Says BRAND student Tyler Stevenson (pictured to the right): "My experience at St. John's exceeded my expectations. The individual nurses I had the chance to work with were patient, knowledgeable, and had the heart of a teacher." Student Rachel Stuck agrees (also pictured to the right): "The nursing staff at St. John's Medical Center was very receptive to teaching and having BRAND students. Each and every one of them has made an impact on my educational experience and my future!"
Below (l-r): Lynn Kirman, St. John's Chief Nursing Officer, receives the 2012 BRAND Community Partner award for St. John's Medical Center from FWWSON BRAND Coordinator Carrie Deselms and Dean Mary Burman at the fall 2012 annual Nightingale Ceremony on the University of Wyoming campus.