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

New Faculty & Staff


Kayla Mary Boshell

Kayla Mary Boshell
Office Associate for the BRAND and RN/BSN Completion Programs

Kayla Boshell stepped into a new position June 2 at the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing as staff support for two programs: the "Bachelors Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree" (BRAND) Program and the online RN/BSN Completion Program. She brings with her one year of experience on the University of Wyoming campus, having worked at the UW Registrar's Office during her first year in Laramie.

Boshell moved to Laramie last July from southern Utah to support her husband as he pursues his law degree at UW.

For more information, visit Boshell's staff web page.


Rebecca Carron

Rebecca Carron, PhD, RN, NP-C
Assistant Professor

Rebecca Carron is a recent graduate of the PhD program in nursing at the University of Colorado. She is also a graduate (MS) of the family nurse practitioner program at Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. Her clinical focus is dermatology, and she maintains an active practice in Laramie. Carron’s current research focuses on health-related quality of life issues and coping in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dermatology is often an entry point in the health care system for women with PCOS. She is also interested in spirituality and chronic disease, which was the focus of her master’s research. Past teaching experience includes precepting nurse practitioner students in her dermatology clinic and guest lectures in the FWWSON master’s nurse practitioner program on spirituality and dermatology. Carron is also active in professional nursing organizations and is currently the president of District 12 of the Wyoming Nurses Association. Originally from Missouri, Carron now lives in Centennial, Wyoming.

Carron will be primarily teaching in the DNP program. For the fall semester 2014, she will be teaching Foundations of Integrative Advanced Practice Nursing in the DNP program and Evidence-Based Nursing (with Dr. Jenifer Thomas) for the undergraduate students. Carron is looking forward to her new role in nursing education while continuing her research activities and clinical practice.

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


Sarah Anne Kooienga, PhD, FNP, ARNP

Sarah Anne Kooienga, PhD, FNP, ARNP
Assistant Professor

Sarah Kooienga comes to the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing from Washington State University Vancouver. Kooienga has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for 25 years providing life span primary care to a linguistically and culturally diverse group of patients and their families in a wide variety of clinical settings. Sarah has taught mainly clinically focused FNP courses in FNP education since 2004.

Her program of research focuses on Electronic Health Record implementation in independent primary care NP practice, specifically in rural areas. She has experience in a number of qualitative research methodologies, including ethnography and narrative methodologies.

Kooienga has spent time as a visiting faculty in New Zealand and is interested in the international development of the primary care nurse practitioner role. She has functioned as an examiner for the Observed Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) NP licensure exam for the College of Registered Nurses-British Columbia, Canada.

Sarah will be teaching in the DNP program-FNP option: the primary care adult, primary care for children, adolescents and families and health communication/informatics. She is looking forward to working with a small cohort of DNP students focused on primary care and health behavior change.

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


J'Laine Proctor

J'Laine Proctor, FNP, PMHNP, DNP
Clinical Assistant Professor

The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing's DNP program brings J'Laine Proctor on board to teach in the new Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) option this fall. Proctor earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2000 and her Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science degree in 2003. She added on a Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate in 2008, and reached the height of the clinical nurse practitioner profession by completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2014.

Proctor will be teaching one class this semester to the first-year DNP students, NURS 5805, Evidence Based Practice I. She plans to teach Evidence Based Practice II in the spring, and will also be involved in clinical placements for the FPMHNP students.

Proctor shares her personal statement of "Philosophy of Teaching" below:

I am a mother, a wife, a nurse, a volunteer, a derby dame, a lifetime student, a friend, a daughter, a breast cancer survivor, a mentor/teacher, and a yogi. Each of these roles have shaped and defined who I am as a person and how I interact with others, including students. 

It is my opinion that nursing is a discipline of caring and knowledge that is experienced through formal education, life experience, clinical experience, and intuition. The sum of these parts have continued to evolve over time, making me redefine my nursing philosophy multiple times over my 14-year nursing career. Currently, I hold a holistic nursing philosophy that focuses not only on treating and caring for the physical body, but for the mind and spirit as well. This holistic philosophy guides how I approach my clients in clinical practice, as well as how I believe nursing students should be mentored and guided. My rich and diverse clinical experience as both a FNP and later a PMHNP have significantly shaped and defined this holistic approach to medicine and teaching. 

I also believe in practicing and teaching information that is based on the most current research evidence available, coupled with the ability to critically assess the research and it’s application to practice. Therefore, I feel that it is important to encourage and help students to develop critical thinking skills, while at the same time stimulating their natural curiosity and excitement to learn about the fascinating field of mental health care. I feel fortunate to practice in a specialty that is as intriguing and as mysterious as the human brain and its dysfunctions/disorders. Mental health care is an exciting specialty in nursing that most students seem to enjoy!

For more information, visit Proctor's staff web page.


Joanne Prahl

Joanne Prahl
Assistant Coordinator, Clinical Simulation Center

Joanne Prahl stepped into the assistant coordinator position with nursing's Clinical Simulation Center this summer 2014. Prahl comes with an interesting past, having joined the Wyoming Army National Guard in 1984 and being trained as an Air Traffic Controller. She worked at the University of Wyoming from 1989-2006 in a variety of offices: Campus Express ID Office, Chemistry Department, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department and Center for Advising and Career Services. Prahl then went on active duty from 2006-2013 with the Wyoming Active Guard Reserve as a Flight Operations Specialist.

"I am excited to be back on campus," says Prahl, "and especially thrilled to be working with all the staff and students within the College of Health Sciences and the University. I feel this position is a perfect fit for me considering my past UW office experiences and my aviation background, which involved controlling, coordinating and logistical reporting for a large variety of aircraft. Laramie is my home where my husband, family, friends and animals enjoy each and every day.

For more information, visit Prahl's staff web page.

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