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2017 Preceptor Recognition

BRAND Program

Mike Hafner, R.N. Preceptor of the Year 2017 for UWYO BRAND (BSN) Program

University of Wyoming faculty and students work with "preceptors" - nurses who mentor our students in a variety of clinical settings. The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, in an effort to recognize preceptors--especially those who go above and beyond--presents an award annually to a preceptor in those UW School of Nursing programs with clinical components. Students nominate preceptors for these awards.

Mike Hafner, RN, BSN

The preceptor chosen from the BRAND program is Mike Hafner, who works in the ICU at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Two students nominated our winner. Their comments follow:

"Mike Hafner is one of the best educators I’ve had. His love, enthusiasm for nursing is contagious. He challenged me to think critically, develop clinical skills, and most importantly, examine the big picture when it comes to patient care. As a student nurse, clinical experiences are overwhelming, yet Mike has managed to push me out of my comfort zone while guiding me when I am unsure of myself. He goes over and beyond to find different methods and situations to foster learning. He encourages questions and the use of all information I’ve learned to make solid, evidenced-based clinical decisions and to deliver safe, effective patient care. A former BRAND student himself, Mike has shown me what excellent nursing care looks like in practice. I will look back and have him to thank for my nursing career.”

BRAND student 2017, Abbie Hale

Mike was a phenomenal preceptor with a true passion to teach. He pushed me to become the best nurse I can be. He held me to a high standard and expected me to push myself, yet was very aware of my limits and hesitation and was always there as support. When I had a question, he would challenge me to come to the answer by asking me pertinent questions. When I found a patient interesting, we would dive into their diagnosis and pick it apart until I truly understood the pathophysiology and care plan for the patient. He would consistently quiz me on side effects and mechanism of action of medications and what would need to be reassessed. I am grateful for such a clinical teacher as Mike, who is passionate about teaching students, ensuring they are ready and confident to provide care.

BRAND student 2017, Casey Joyner

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