Click in the link above or scroll down to see a calendar the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing has put together of some key events coming up for 2013 on the national, state, and school levels. Nationally, we will be participating in workforce committees and discussions as well as leadership institutes and conferences, all of which give us great inspiration and incentive for making changes in our state and at the local level. Students are also involved nationally, with a group traveling to the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) meeting this spring in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some of our research students hope to present again at the Western Institute of Nursing conference in Anaheim, California in April. State-wise, we welcome Cynthia LaBonde as the new executive director of the Wyoming State Board of Nursing. We are also watching the current legislative sessions carefully for any changes in healthcare legislation. Interested students are introduced to involvement with the legislature by attending the Wyoming Nurses Association’s Legislative Days in late January. On an education note, we look forward to the continuing momentum of the ReNEW (Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming) committee as they work with community colleges and the university to write a shared curriculum, streamlining the road to higher education for our nurses across the state.
Of special note school-wise, our first class of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will be in their first clinical courses this coming summer, starting off with our May “Willow Ceremony” where we introduce students to the analogy of the willow – an analogy conceptualized by Loretta Lee Ford, former dean of the Rochester School of Nursing in New York, and co-founder of the nation’s nurse practitioner movement. Even more noteworthy is that we will have Dr. Ford herself deliver the address to the students at this unique event.
This year the faculty and school prepare for the first Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accrediting review for the DNP program, which will take place spring 2014.
Faculty in our Masters of Science Nurse Educator program are looking closely at the curriculum to align our courses with the new Master’s Essentials from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Our RN/BSN Completion Program faculty are also reviewing the curriculum to ensure that the courses are aligned with the BSN Essentials from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The program continues to be very popular as nurses return to school to obtain their BSN. Consequently, we are bursting at the seams and have for the first time capped admissions.
We will be saying goodbye to Carrie Deselms as coordinator of the accelerated BRAND ("Bachelors Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree") program this coming May. What an amazing job she has done in getting this exciting, popular, innovative program off its feet and racing ahead. We will miss her greatly!
We have some new sites for the senior capstone placements in the Basic BSN program this semester, welcoming Southwest Counseling in Rock Springs for those students interested in psych nursing. We also welcome public health in both Laramie and Gillette.
This year will see another three brigades from the University of Wyoming and the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing make their way to Honduras. The new clinic in Agua Salada should be in place by the fall brigade in November, when we plan to record the momentous occasion by including a photographer and journalist in the brigade company.
We are currently in a search nationally for an experienced nurse researcher for our Excellence Chair in Nursing. The primary responsibilities include engaging in research and providing research-related leadership and mentoring to the school’s faculty and DNP students. Be looking for an announcement when we finalize this exciting position.
Wyoming Nurses Association Legislative Days
College of Health Sciences Showcase Saturday (includes nursing simulation and tour)
Future of Nursing National Summit in Washington, DC
Nat’l meeting for action coalitions across the nation; discussing legislative issues
UW Nursing Brigade to Honduras
61st Annual Convention, National Student Nurses’ Association
Charlotte, North Carolina
Western Institute of Nursing Conference
CHS Grand Rounds Research Day
2013 Nursing Education Summit in Rock Springs, WY
Willow Ceremony - with Dr. Loretta “Lee” Ford, co-founder of nat’l nurse practitioner movement and former dean of Rochester School of Nursing
Tentative dates for Honduras Brigade
Tentative date for Nightingale Ceremony
Release of 2013 Nursing Alumni Newsletter focused on Leadership; includes announcement of 2013 Community Partners of the Year
Nursing Summit/WNA Meeting at Snow King in Jackson
Tentative dates for Honduras Brigade
*Nursing Visit Days: These are days where appointed faculty meet with and give tours to prospective students and their parents. To join us on these listed days, email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you want to schedule a visit with nursing.