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2015 Willow Ceremony


2015 Willow Ceremony


The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program held the 2015 Willow Ceremony recently at the College of Health Sciences. The ceremony encouraged two programs of DNP students as they continue to prepare for their chosen Family Nurse Practitioner or Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner career. Scroll down for an overview of the evening's events at the 2015 Willow Ceremony.

Willow Poem and Fay Whitney

Willow Poem and Fay Whitney

Pictured is nursing professor Dr. Diane Boyle reading a poem penned by school namesake, Dr. Fay Whitney (pictured from the back, looking on). Whitney's poem likens the willow to nursing, and "is symbolic of what nurses have always been. They grow, they bend, they last."


Award: Peter K. Simpson APNF Award to Katy Hartman, MD

Award: Peter K. Simpson APNF Award to Katy Hartman, MD

[Pictured l-r is Katy Hartman, M.D., University Physician with Student Health Service at UW. She is the recipient of the Peter K. Simpson APNF Award: Advanced Practice Nursing Fan -- for 2015. Click into the title for more about the Simpson award and Hartman's qualifications.


Award: 2015 Community Partner Award

Award: 2015 Community Partner Award

Pictured is Family Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Oiler, speaking on behalf of Platte Valley Medical Clinic, P.C. of Saratoga, the DNP Program's 2015 Community Partner of the Year. Oiler accepted the award plaque for the agency at this year's event. Please click in the title to read more about the Clinic and their partnership with the DNP Program.


Award: Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing

Nancy Brown named recipient of 2015 Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award

Pictured is Nancy Brown, the 2015 recipient of the graduate programs/ Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award. Click on the title to read more about Brown.


DNP-3 Class

DNP-3 Class: Family Nurse Practitioner option

Pictured are the 10 DNP-3 students: (back row, l-r) Brandon Bennion, Diana Charlson, Michelle Dowling, Calla Hopeman, Sara Jackman; (front row, l-r) Marcella Wildeman, David Wells, Teresa Thompson, (Jalen Hopeman), Aaron Wright, and Nellie Simon. All the students are in the Family Nurse Practitioner option. Click on the DNP-3 Class title to see larger picture.


DNP-2 Class

DNP-2 Class: Both FNP and FPMHNP options

Pictured are the 15 students in the DNP-2 class. This class is made up of students in both the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) Options. Back row, l-r: Amanda Bisby, Anna Felton, Nathan George, Anne Monahan, Deedy Kidney, Jennifer Husman, Stephen Russell, James Kuster, Courtney Hacker. Front row, l-4: Bobbi Snead, Amy Wilkens, Cassie Kuenzi, Haley Gross, Sarah Smith, Teddi Armstrong. Click on the DNP-2 Class title to see larger picture.


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