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 RN/BSN Completion program is Vivian Watson, who is employed by Campbell County Public Health in Gillette, Wyoming. The University of Wyoming School of Nursing student who wrote the winning nomination said,
"Vivian gave me a splendid insight into public health and all the possibilities that the career choice offers. She opened my eyes to the fact that there are so many different stages of life served as a public health nurse; for an example, she exposed me to an adult visit and a baby wellness with lactation education all in one day. She has precepted many nursing students as evidenced by the first day when she gave me a Preceptor/Orientation Plan that she developed. In the introduction she says, “Preceptoring new students is a fun, challenging way to pass on our knowledge, experience, and expertise.” Vivian has done this; and she has laid out a plan that allowed me to be involved with all of the staff of Campbell County Public Health. I knew many of these people before, but experienced them in action and saw the passion they have for what they do. Vivian has been a catalyst, igniting in me a flame and interest for public health. She has become a mentor and friend. She is a wonderfully wise guide in a sometimes confusing career, showing me that professionalism and compassion can work hand in hand, and makes me aware of the worthiness of an excellent nurse.”
– RN-BSN Completion student spring 2012