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Kay Hartman

2015: Simpson APNF Awardee

Dr. Katy Hartman receives Peter K. Simpson APNF award

Pictured, Katy Hartman and Peter K. Simpson

2015 APNF Awardee

Katy Hartman, M.D., a physician with UW Student Health Services, is the 2015 Peter K. Simpson A.P.N.F. Awardee. A.P.N.F. stands for "Advanced Practice Nursing Fan."

Dr. Hartman was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Peter K. Simpson APNF award for multiple reasons:

  • She routinely serves as a preceptor for UW's nurse practitioner students. On several occasions, Dr. Hartman has nurtured a struggling student into a confident, successful clinician. She is personally invested in the NP students and works hard to ensure their success. 

  • Not only is Dr. Hartman a physician and preceptor, but she also chairs the Quality Improvement committee at Student Health and believes in providing current, evidence-based care. In addition to role modeling best practices to students, this year she also agreed to assist a DNP student, Calla Hopeman, to conduct a quality improvement project at Student Health regarding BMI and weight management.

  • When the UW DNP program underwent a national accreditation site visit in the spring of 2014, Dr. Hartman volunteered to meet with the site visitors and talk to them about her experiences precepting NP students.

  • Hartman views NPs as partners with physicians. She routinely comments on how much she respects and learns from nurse practitioners. "On more than one occasion," says DNP Program Coordinator Dr. Ann Marie Hart, "she has admitted that she would like to be considered an 'honorary DNP'. In a word, Dr. Katy Hartman is priceless, both as a practicing physician and as a preceptor and teacher to our students."

How the Peter K. Simpson APNF Award came about

Peter K. Simpson - best known as "Pete" - is a native of Cody, Wyoming. He is a retired historian, politician, and a member of the Simpson political family. Pete worked in academia for many years, including Casper College, Sheridan College, and finally UW, where he served in multiple prominent roles, including the vice president for development, the executive director of the UW Foundation, and vice president for institutional advancement. After his retirement in 1997, Pete remained in Laramie and taught history and political science on an adjunct basis.

Pete’s political career involves serving on the Wyoming legislature. During his four-year stint in the legislature, he was a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Pete has remained active in his retirement years. He makes frequent trips to Laramie and UW. He enjoys acting and regularly seeks out thespian opportunities with his wife, including leads in plays and musicals such as “The Music Man”, “Our Town” and “On Golden Pond”. 

Despite his strong academic, political, and acting accomplishments, Pete is best known for being a wonderful, kind man, who loves Wyoming and its people. Thus in 2012, when Loretta Ford (founder of the NP profession) agreed to visit UW, the school of nursing invited Pete to interview Loretta in a public forum. Despite having never met Dr. Ford, Pete did a wonderful job with this interview and seemed to thoroughly enjoy Loretta’s playful sarcasm. That evening, Pete joined the school for the 9th Willow Ceremony and shared how much he admired and respected NPs. He then surprised the audience by proclaiming that he was adding a new credential to his title – "A.P.N.F. – Advanced Practice Nursing Fan." Thus, in honor of Pete and his admiration of Advanced Practice Nurses, the DNP Program created the Peter K. Simpson, Advanced Practice Nursing Fan Award to honor an individual who is not an advanced practice nurse, but who shares Pete’s admiration and respect for such.  


12-17-2015

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