The McMurry Foundation has donated $1 Million to the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. Wyoming Medical Center (WMC) in Casper will be hosting a celebration to acknowledge McMurry's generosity on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Wyoming Medical Center Support Services Building, 1200 East 3rd Street in Casper. The press conference begins at 10 a.m. in Auditoriums A and B.
Wyoming Medical Center (WMC) nurses and area nurses will soon have the opportunity to advance their degrees in nursing, thanks to a generous $1 million donation to the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing at the University of Wyoming. This donation, made by the McMurry Foundation, will increase the opportunities for nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher, and it will also extend that opportunity to those with bachelor’s degrees in other fields who wish to earn a nursing degree from the University of Wyoming (UW).
For years, UW and WMC (one of the state’s largest hospitals) have been collaborating to increase educational opportunities for nurses in Wyoming. As the decade moved to a close in 2010, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies released nursing goals for 2020, goals that included the increase of BSN-prepared nurses to 80 percent. This goal emerged out of research demonstrating that patients have better clinical outcomes when their nurses hold higher educational degrees. So the two organizations are grateful for the generous donation; a scholarship dedicated solely for the educational advancement of nursing will better position Wyoming to meet that goal.
When approached with the proposal for this donation, the McMurry Foundation wasted no time. “This scholarship will serve to strengthen the efforts of UW and WMC through opportunity and through achievement, which will be measured by the pride these future graduates feel, and by the pride their families feel in them,” said Susie McMurry.
Present at the celebration will be UW School of Nursing Dean Mary Burman, former Wyoming Senator Barbara Cubin, WMC CEO Vickie Diamond, and other individuals throughout the state.