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

Leaving 2012

Looking back at accomplishments and events that took place over the past year produced a remarkable list. While the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) has weathered a lot of challenges with personal and family illnesses and deaths -- including the death of former dean of the School Marcia Dale -- the school has also been very productive. Help celebrate the past with UW FWWSON by reviewing the summary page below that includes links to fuller articles or information. The listing (1) abounds with honors for our students, staff & faculty, alumni, and friends; (2) covers the positive and productive statewide community partnerships; (3) delineates educational initiatives and programmatic changes; and (4) shows progress in research and scholarship, development, student support, and last but not least lots of positive PR! Make sure to return to this site in January, when UW School of Nursing Dean Mary Burman will share hopes and plans for the school and for nursing in 2013.

News Articles

The News Articles link holds coverage on Marcia Dale's memorial; special recognition of many faculty, staff, and alumni; student awards at graduation; student Sheriedan Grannan's acceptance of the WY Public Health award; the naming of our 2012 Distinguished Alumna; coverage of the reception for the noted Donna Diers; celebration of $1 Million McMurry Foundation gift; and information about the guest speaker Susan Hassmiller at the "Designing Nursing Leadership in Wyoming - A Day of Dialog for the Future" event.

Nursing Newsletter Articles

This Nursing Newsletter Articles link offers archives for all school alumni newsletters - and includes the 2012 annual newsletter covering the theme of Research, as well as the three online emailed newsletters for 2012 covering many brief news items on faculty, students, and community and preceptor awards.

Profiles on Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni

"Profiles" links to a new web section profiling students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 2012 stories on interesting students Darcey Cowardin, David Cortes, Sheryl Anderson, Angela Carlow, and Kendra Sayles. Honored students: Frank Vitale and Geraghty Berntson. Notable alumni: Mary Behrens (AANP Int'l Humanitarian Award); and Gaurdia Banister (Mary Mahoney Award from ANA). Faculty and Staff: Dean Burman, named "Trailblazer" by WY Women's Fndn. Holly Miller, Ann Bowen, Pam Larsen, Carrie Deselms, Linda Williams, and Erin Dobyns - regarding their awards for outstanding work.

Faculty Developments

Many of the FWWSON faculty are continuing their education in doctoral programs: Esther Gilman-Kehrer, Penelope Caldwell, Connie Diaz-Swearingen, Elizabeth Goodwin, and Candace Tull. 2012 saw some fantastic new (and returning) faculty hires: Cheri Bellamy, Candace Tull, Esther Gilman-Kehrer, Deborah Nemetz; Sherrie Rubio-Wallace. The school was also awarded an Excellence Chair position from Academic Affairs and funded through state endowment for a senior nursing leader.

Positive and Productive Statewide Community Partnerships

Partnership highlights include the McWin partnership with the McMurry Foundation and WY Medical Center to provide scholarships and recruitment/advising activities in Casper; the school's first Community Partners meeting; heavy involvement in ReNEW (Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming); two Wyoming nursing summits respectively bringing in Susan Hassmiller and Peter Buerhaus for guest speakers. Coverage of above can be found at the News Articles link above. But at this link, check out our 2012 Community Partner and Preceptor Recognition award winners!

Educational Initiatives & Programmatic Changes

This year brought in the first class of DNP students and first "Aspire" students to the Basic BSN program; a simulation area remodel for SimMan3G; development of a capstone community experience for RN/BSN Completion; incorporation of simulation into all Basic BSN clinical courses; development of capstone practicum for MS Nurse Educator; development of EBP course for BRAND; adoption of new school committee structure; continued leadership and involvement in Honduras project; and initiation of Health Sciences prerequisites articulation process. Check out program listings/descriptions at this link.

Research & Scholarship

Forgive us for linking to this site twice, but for different reasons: in the 2012 Alumni Newsletter, please note the grant funding from the college, UW, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Department of Justice, and HRSA! In this newsletter issue are listed many publications and presentations. Of special note are the articles dealing with the successful collaboration with faculty and undergraduate and graduate students. Not to mention the successful research collaboration with faculty across campus!

Development and Financial Student Support

The school had a very successful annual appeal this year and received several major gifts and endowed funds. The fall scholarship reception was well attended, and an unprecedented amount of scholarships were given to the UW FWWSON nursing students, including continued scholarship funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "New Careers in Nursing" program for 2nd degree students, and funding from HRSA through the revamped "Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship" program. Check out this link to view all the scholarships available for students.

Career Support for Students

The school had a wonderfully successful career fair this fall for which a "Virtual Recruiting Tool" is available for those who could not make the event on campus. Check out this link to find contact information and job listings from the agencies that participated in the most recent career fair.

And more career support - from Alumni!

The school held the very first "Speed Mentoring" event with student participants rotating through eleven "pods" where alumni with diverse careers were available to tell about their specialties and answer questions. A hugely popular event that will remain on the school's agenda in years to come!

Positive PR!

The UWyo Magazine focused on nursing and healthcare fall of 2012, with articles on student Angela Carlow, Fay Whitney, alumna Chelsea Carter and more. As noted above, the school's Alumni Newsletter promoted Research, and the initiation of quarterly electronic newsletters is informing alumni and friends of school happenings. The School also hosted a "Simulation Spectacular" to show off the amazing facilities and equipment with which the school educates the students.

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