University of Wyoming faculty and students work with "preceptors" - nurses who mentor our students in a variety of clinical settings. Recently 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 Erin Kraus, who is employed by Poudre Valley Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Colorado. The University of Wyoming School of Nursing student who wrote the winning nomination said,
Erin was a great mentor and preceptor from the very start of my senior capstone. Each day of my rotation was a tremendous learning experience that helped me develop my skills as a new nurse and at the same time, increased my self-confidence and professionalism. Erin is a great role model who demonstrated by her caring manner what type of nurse I want to be. I quickly became very proficient and confident in my role as a nurse in the NICU. With her guidance, the staff started recognizing me as a part of their team. I never would have imagined that I would learn so much in a few short months. I began to feel so comfortable and completely a part of the NICU staff at the Poudre Valley Hospital. Erin supported me every step of the way and made sure I could experience every aspect of the unit before my rotation ended. I could not have asked for a better capstone experience and will continue to look to Erin as a wonderful mentor as I move onto my professional career as a new graduate nurse. She has immense passion for what she does, both as a nurse and mentor. Erin Kraus has all the qualities that one would value and expect for the Preceptor Recognition Award. – Basic BSN student 2013
The School of Nursing presented the award to Kraus at the annual Nightingale Ceremony on the University of Wyoming campus in the fall.