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Memorial Hospital of Carbon County

2018 Basic BSN Program Community Partner

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Pictured: Representing Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Rawlins is Ralph Parker, Chief Nursing Officer. He is receiving the award for the hospital from UW Nursing Preprofessional Programs Director Kimberly Raska-Miller during the 2018 Nightingale Ceremony at the University of Wyoming.


The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing named Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Rawlins the Community Partner of the Year 2018 for their work with the "Basic BSN" students. The award was presented at the school's fall "Nightingale Ceremony" on August 29, 2018 in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium on the UW campus by Preprofessional Programs Director Kimberly Raska-Miller.

The Nightingale Ceremony welcomes Basic BSN Program junior students and accelerated BRAND Program students into the profession of nursing. By presenting the Community Partner awards at the ceremony, new students get a glimpse of the significant role community agencies play in their upcoming clinical education.

About Memorial Hospital of Carbon County

Memorial Hospital of Carbon County (MHCC) provides a rich learning experience for UW Nursing capstone students and ensures the students see a wide variety of patients. Even when asked to accommodate a student at a moment’s notice, they have never hesitated to take our students. The preceptors are professional and eager to help students as they transition into the role of the Registered Nurse. Preceptors carefully push students out of their comfort zone, but are always there to support the students. This helps students to grow confident in their abilities as a nurse. Staff across the facility encourage and ask for students to be involved with situations they might not see anywhere else, which creates more learning opportunities for our students. We are very thankful for their part in the education of future nurse graduates from the University of Wyoming.

About Basic BSN 

Basic BSN is a bit of a misnomer. One of the faculty who teaches in the program tells students, "There's nothing 'basic' about Basic BSN!" Basic BSN is a four-year on-campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program option for students who desire to become a registered nurse. The rigorous coursework and thorough clinicals constitute a strong program "to rival any," states alumna Emily Hill, RN, BSN, a nurse currently working at the renowned Mayo Clinic. "UW grads are absolutely qualified and capable to work anywhere!" Community agencies such as Memorial Hospital of Carbon County contribute to the nursing school's great reputation, providing excellent learning opportunities for students.


Posted 9/13/2018

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