University of Wyoming faculty and students work with "preceptors" - nurses who mentor our students in a variety of clinical settings. In 2010 our school introduced a new award to recognize preceptors, especially those who go above and beyond. Students nominate preceptors for this award from each of our programs.
The preceptor chosen from the Basic BSN program is Richard Boe, who is a "seasonal nurse" and who happens to be an alumnus of our BSN program. At the time of nomination, he was working in the Emergency Room (ER) for Riverton Memorial Hospital in Wyoming. The student who nominated him wrote,
"I had hoped that the people I would meet in my senior residency would be awesome examples of how to be when I am in their shoes. Richard was way more than that - a role-model for a great ER nurse, as well as a friend and mentor. He made every clinical day a true learning experience. He was always patient with my questions, was willing to let me actually do the clinical work, and helped me to develop good nursing skills. His knowledge of general nursing, trauma and ER nursing has truly helped me to feel more comfortable with my nursing skills, and made me feel more confident about starting a job after graduation. Richard's guidance and support were always a comfort, and his willingness to let me go ahead and try my hand at everything provided great learning opportunities."
Thank you, Richard Boe, for partnering with the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing to educate the next generation of nurses! Asked what he likes about "seasonal nursing" Richard says to "think travel nurse". "What I enjoy most about traveling around is meeting new professionals, learning different ways to perform even routine treatments, and spending times in places I have always driven past, thinking, 'I'll bet there are a lot of neat things in this town to see/do...' Also I almost always find someone I have worked with in the past. It is fun to catch up with them. This is especially true in Wyoming: the state is small and everybody knows everybody. I also love being able to take extended periods of time off, and being able to choose when I work. (I took six weeks off for hunting and spending time with my parents. I had plenty of time to help them with some house repairs.)"
below: Basic BSN Coordinator Susan Steiner and School of Nursing Dean Mary Burman congratulate Richard Boe at the 2011 Nightingale Honor Ceremony on the University of Wyoming campus.