The University of Wyoming accelerated nursing program, "BRAND", was featured in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) "New Careers in Nursing" article entitled, "Teaching and Promoting Rural Nursing Practice." RWJF interviewed BRAND Coordinator, Candace Tull, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC, for the article that can be found online at http://www.newcareersinnursing.org/current-programs/success-stories/teaching-and-promoting-rural-nursing-practice.
"Many nurses have not progressed in their education beyond their associates’ degrees, which can make it difficult for them to achieve high-ranking positions," said Mary Burman, PhD, RN, dean and professor at the school of nursing at the University of Wyoming and an ENF [Executive Nurse Fellowship] alumna (2007-2009). "The need to work and develop all of us in nursing is really critical."
The Wyoming PIN project [also known as "ReNEW" - Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming] is also working to create a shared nursing curriculum at academic institutions across the state to make it easier for nurses prepared at the associates-degree level to earn baccalaureate and higher degrees. Streamlining education requirements is especially helpful in a state like Wyoming, which is home to only one four-year school of nursing. When the process is complete, nurses at one of the state’s six community colleges will have an easier time earning their baccalaureate degree [from] the University of Wyoming, which will help them build the skills they need to care for an increasing, and increasingly complex, population of patients.
“Our goal is to revolutionize nursing education,” Burman said; “…as you look at the future of nursing, we need a different type of nurse clinician.”
Burman stresses that revolutionizing nursing education is a collaborative effort amongst state leaders in nursing and nursing education. The next instrumental meeting will be at the Wyoming 2013 Nursing Education Summit May 19th-21st at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. Check out the agenda and keynote speakers by downloading the Summit brochure at this link… 2013 Nursing Education Summit Brochure.pdf