Visit: Health Sciences 351
Mail: Dept. 3065
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-4312
Fax: (307) 766-4294
Have you wondered what that favorite faculty member is doing since their retirement? Read on!
Anne Bowen held the position of Director of the Nightingale Center for Nursing Scholarship at the FWWSON during her tenure with the school from 2009 to 2013. Her passion for research not only culminated in the 2012 College of Health Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award, but found another outlet in mentoring junior faculty, academic professionals, and students alike as she encouraged them to develop their research ideas. She made a significant contribution to scholarship in the FWWSON by forming the Nursing Scholarship Research Group. One mentee wrote, “She creates an atmosphere where individuals feel confident to present their research and writing and understand they will receive honest and useful critique. She encourages all group members to think critically about the process of research.” Another mentee wrote: “Her support and help is immensely valuable and definitely makes the process of research more realistic.”
Bowen had a special interest in developing interventions for behavioral and mental health problems that nurses can implement in primary care settings. Her research focused on prevention and risky behaviors in disenfranchised populations, such as drug users and men who have sex with men who live in rural areas as well as Tanzania. As of 2012 she brought in close to $1.8 million in external funding as a principal investigator. She had at least 75 peer-reviewed publications and numerous presentations at national conferences.
In Fall of 2012, Anne's husband started a job in Tucson AZ and Anne was offered a position as Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. She is currently continuing her work in HIV prevention, and will be teaching Health Psychology and Psychotherapy Techniques and Research. Taking her retirement from UW seriously, she has also bought a new dressage horse that takes up early mornings and late evenings in an attempt to escape the southern Arizona summer heat!
Carrie Deselms was the first coordinator of the popular UW FWWSON accelerated BRAND Program and remained in that position for six years. Her hard work in bringing the new program to its present successful state was rewarded in 2012 with the College of Health Sciences “Innovation in Teaching Award.” What was said about Deselms in the presentation of that award bears repeating:
Carrie Deselms has put her heart and soul into the BRAND Program [accelerated second-degree BSN program] from its inception, pushing for it to be a truly innovative program delivered through distance technologies to residents all over the state who would otherwise not be able to obtain a nursing education. This feat required bringing together clinical partners including every type of healthcare agency from the four corners of Wyoming. Her innovative teaching approaches include on-campus face-to-face intensives, on-line courses, Outreach Video Network (OVN) classes, Skype sessions, podcasting, guest speakers via video-conferencing, on-line text and video modules, and simulations. If it existed, she used it!
Carrie and Dr. Kem Kreuger developed an Interprofessional Leadership Pilot Project. Throughout the semester, they presented case studies for nursing and pharmacy students to develop interprofessional dialogue and collaboration. She also worked with the Outreach School to develop on-line tool boxes so students had easy access to university resources and key documents.
Her efforts did not go unnoticed with her students. Here are quotes from a few of them:
Carrie is truly an innovator with a creative vision. Importantly, she has kept that vision in the forefront and has not abandoned it when confronted by barriers. Her perseverance has paid off with a very successful program that embodies innovation in teaching... and has made her especially deserving of this award.
Deselms is currently President of the Wyoming State Board of Nursing.
Dr. Larsen retired in 2013 from her positions at the School of Nursing, which included Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Coordinator of the MS Nurse Educator Program, and Coordinator of the RN/BSN Completion Program. Though busy in her leadership positions, she still found time for her passion--geriatrics. Her outstanding dedication to the field was recognized in 2012 when she was awarded the College of Health Sciences Outstanding Teaching in Geriatrics Award. The following was noted about Larsen in the award presentation:
Pamala Larsen is a strong advocate for geriatric nursing and care for older adults, especially those with chronic illness. She developed the school’s first course specifically focusing on geriatric care which is taken by all the students in the basic BSN program. A colleague shares, “She has served as a wonderful role model and mentor for students with an interest in gerontological nursing.” Her outstanding dedication to the area of geriatric nursing extends beyond her teaching. She not only has extensively published in this area, but her service commitments are equally extraordinary.
In retirement, Larsen has written a grief memoir about her husband's illness, subsequent death and widowhood, all based on the journal that she began writing the day of his diagnosis. The book, Finding a Way Through Cancer, Dying and Widowhood: A Memoir will be published in early 2014 by Archway Publishing, a division of Simon and Schuster. She is also working on the 9th edition of her nursing textbook, Chronic Illness: Impact and Intervention, to be published in fall 2014. Larsen is involved in several volunteer activities centered on case management of frail older adults. All 12 of her grandchildren, ages 3 to 12, are within 30 minutes of her house, so that keeps her busy as well.