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Nursing Scholarship Day 2018 Report

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

2018 Nursing Scholarship Day Report

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Above, Whitney Distinguished Lecturer, Kathleen McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA,
addresses the audience at the 2018 Nursing Scholarship Day on April 25.

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The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program held "Nursing Scholarship Day" in April, marking the culmination of studies and project preparation by the 2018 DNP Graduate Candidates.

As part of this festive day in which the students would present their research findings, many other significant events took their place in a packed agenda. Please scroll down for small articles on each agenda item.

Click here to review a PDF copy of the 2018 Nursing Scholarship Day Program, which includes the abstracts for the DNP candidates' research as well as the research by the Thomas Lab, Dr. Ann Marie Hart and Dr. Diane Boyle.

Please scroll down for more about the Scholarship Day, the Willow Ceremony, and about the individuals and agency honored at the 2018 event.

Kathleen McCauley, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Kathleen McCauley delivers keynote address as 2018 Whitney Distinguished Lecturer

Kathleen McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, is a Professor Emerita of Cardiovascular Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. McCauley's presentation at Nursing Scholarship Day was titled, "Transitional Care: Improving Quality and Reducing Cost." Click on the title of this summary for more information about McCauley and her research.


Picture of one of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Candidates presenting her Research Presentation

Doctor of Nursing Practice Candidate Research Presentations

At this 2018 event, 14 third-year DNP students presented nine quality improvement projects that were completed with nine clinical agencies, eight of which were in Wyoming and one in Colorado. The agencies let the students know what quality improvement project would best benefit their agency, So students learn as they complete the project, and at the same time help out the agency with their research. Read about each student's project by clicking in the title of this topic.


Thomas Lab presents research

Thomas Lab Presents Research

Abstract: "Perceptions of the Term Prediabetes among Various Health professions." Read Thomas Lab's full abstract for the research noted by downloading the PDF copy of the 2018 Nursing Scholarship Day Program linked above prior to the individual articles (and see page 12 of the program). Also, visit Thomas Lab's Web page by clicking in the Summary Title above (Thomas Lab Presents Research).


Dr. Ann Marie Hart presents research

Dr. Ann Marie Hart presents research

Abstract: New Graduate NPS' Preparedness for and Transition into Clinical Practice." Read Dr. Hart's full abstract for the research noted by downloading the PDF copy of the 2018 Nursing Scholarship Day Program linked above prior to the individual articles.


Dr. Diane Boyle presents research

Dr. Diane Boyle presents research

Abstract: "Relationship of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certified Nurses and Healthcare-Acquired Conditions in Acute Care Hospitals." Read Dr. Boyle's full abstract for the research noted by downloading the PDF copy of the 2018 Nursing Scholarship Day Program linked above prior to the individual articles.


Willow Ceremony

Willow Ceremony

The Willow Ceremony celebrates the end of the first year of didactic studies in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, encouraging students as they prepare for the program's clinical component. Why "Willow" Ceremony? Click into the title to further read about the ceremony--why it is necessary, and why it was named the Willow Ceremony.


DNP-1 Class

DNP-1 Class

Pictured are the "DNP1" students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Click on the DNP-1 Class title to see large picture.


DNP-2 Class

DNP-2 Class

Pictured are the "DNP2" students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Click on the DNP-2 Class title to see a larger picture.


DNP-3 Class

DNP-3 Class

Pictured is the DNP-3 class of 2018 Graduates Elect! Click on the DNP-3 Class title to see a larger picture.


2018 DNP Community Partner Award: Peak Wellness

2018 DNP Community Partner Award: Peak Wellness

Pictured (l-r): DNP PMHNP faculty member J'Laine Proctor and Peak Wellness Center Chief Executive Officer Karl Cline. "Peak Wellness Center is Southeast Wyoming's leading organization in the provision of outpatient mental health and substance abuse services to residents of Albany, Goshen, Laramie, and Platte Counties," begins the nomination paragraph. "Peak Wellness has not only welcomed and educated our students, they have also provided much needed encouragement and support to them in their professional pursuit to promote wellness and alleviate suffering." Click in the title to read the full article.


Award: Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing

2018 Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Awardee: Elizabeth DePrince Smith, MSN. CPNP

Pictured is Elizabeth DePrince-Smith (center), flanked by DNP faculty member Candace Stidolph to the left and DNP graduate-elect Annalise Forsythe to the right. DePrince-Smith is currently practicing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Laramie Physicians for Women and Children. She was selected as recipient of this award, since she is the epitome of an evidence-based, child-focused, family-centered provider, with a genuine interest in and dedication to improving the health of children and families (as well as helping future primary care providers). [Click in the article title above for picture and full article.]


Award: Peter K. Simpson APNF Award to Dr. Joseph Schaff

Peter K. Simpson APNF Award: Joseph Schaaf, M.D.

Pictured is Joseph Schaaf, M.D., a physician at Ivinson Memorial Hospital's Behavioral Health Service in Laramie, Wyoming. Schaaf was selected as recipient of this award since he "is a natural educator, always willing and eager to support students in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program...and he fosters an extraordinary learning environment on the Behavioral Health Unit. " [Click on award title to read full article.]



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