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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

New Faculty & Staff Spotlight

New Faculty and Staff 2013 UWYO School of Nursing

Kimberly Bois

Kimberly Bois
Office Associate for the BRAND Program

Kimberly Bois came to the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing in October of 2013 as the staff support for the "Bachelors Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree" (BRAND) Program. She brings with her eight years of experience working on the University of Wyoming campus, and a genuine excitement for working with the students.

Kimberly will complete her Bachelor’s degree in accounting this May. She has two young boys who bring her immense joy, and keep her very busy! She has recently returned to Laramie and the University of Wyoming after living in Colorado for a year. She is very happy to have returned to both Laramie, and the University of Wyoming campus.

For more information, visit Bois' staff web page.

Diane Boyle

Diane Boyle, PhD, RN
Wyoming Excellence Chair in Nursing and Professor

Diane Boyle came to the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing in June 2013 as the first Wyoming Excellence Chair in Nursing. At UW, she will conduct research about the relationship between nursing workforce characteristics – such as education, specialty certification, and experience – and patient outcomes. She will also focus on how rural hospitals compare with other hospitals in quality patient outcomes. Boyle will teach about health outcomes and nursing quality indicators to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as guide doctoral students in research methodologies.

Boyle was deputy director and co-principal investigator of the National Database of Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®) at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, where she also was a faculty member since 1994. The NDNQI focuses on patient safety and quality improvement efforts by providing national comparative data to participating hospitals, and conducting research on the relationship of nursing care and patient outcomes.

Boyle has received teaching and research awards for her work in undergraduate, masters and doctoral education in nursing. While at the University of Kansas, Boyle received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Investigators Research Award, Graduate Student Mentorship Award, and the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. She has supervised numerous graduate students, several of whom also received awards for their thesis/dissertation research.

Boyle received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (1974) at the University of Maryland; her Master of Science in nursing (1982) at the University of North Carolina; and her doctoral degree in nursing (1990) at the University of Kansas.

For more information, visit Boyle's faculty web page.

Shelly A. Fischer

Shelly A. Fischer,
Doctoral Candidate, Assistant Professor

Shelly Fischer will be teaching in the DNP and Nurse Educator programs, focusing on leadership and rural health. Believing that all nurses benefit from strong leadership skills, she is excited to bring her management experience to the classroom.

Ms. Fischer received her BSN (Nursing) at the University of Iowa and her Clinical Nurse Specialist Master’s degree at the University of Colorado. She has served as a nurse for 33 years in critical care, neuroscience nursing, and long term care, with more than 25 years in combined clinical and leadership roles. Her dissertation research involves the development of a typology that organizes the factors that influence the relationship between Transformational Leadership and Patient Safety Climate. She will defend her dissertation in December this year at the University of Colorado. Her program of research will focus on Rural Nursing Leadership development, with a focus on patient safety.

Ms. Fischer is an active Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and in her spare time enjoys rescuing animals, managing a small acreage, and participating in sprint distance triathlons.

For more information, visit Fischer's faculty web page.

Marilyn Hall

Marilyn Hall, MSN, RN
Assistant Lecturer

Marilyn Hall will teach didactic and clinical in the public health/pediatrics/OB practicum Basic BSN course this fall, given her background in school nursing; and in the adult health practicum next spring. She comes to us from Casper where she taught at Casper College the past four years. Prior to that she worked as a school nurse for nine years following a 24-year specialization in ER nursing. She lived in San Diego before coming to Wyoming in 1989 and worked at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla in the emergency department. She has enjoyed scuba diving off the islands of California and the Caribbean, bicycling, singing, and creating stained glass. She has a 19 year old daughter who is involved with ARK. They are both loving Laramie. Marilyn looks forward to furthering her career in the nursing department at the Fay Whitney School of Nursing.

For more information, visit Hall's faculty web page.

Ann Wislowski

Ann Wislowski, BA, BSN, MSN (ACNPC)
Assistant Lecturer

Ann Wislowski relocated to Laramie, Wyoming from the Philadelphia area, where she originally studied linguistics and avoided cheesesteaks. She entered the field of nursing as a second degree student, receiving her BSN in 2006 and working for seven years as a surgical/trauma ICU nurse at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon completion of her MSN in Adult Acute Care in 2010, she concurrently taught undergraduate nursing students. Wislowski rounded out her advanced clinical practice as a nurse practitioner for a vascular surgery service.

Wislowski notes that she is fascinated by biochemistry and enjoys the challenge of distilling complex scientific concepts into accessible, meaningful schema for nursing students. “I thrive on the energy of my students,” she says. Her interest in wilderness nursing echoes her passion for various outdoor activities, and she recently joined Albany County Search and Rescue.

For more information, visit Wislowski's faculty page.

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