My passion area is exploring the relationship between nursing characteristics, nurse staffing and the nursing work environment on the quality of patient care and nursing sensitive patient outcomes (e.g., healthcare-associated infections, falls, pressure ulcers).
My passion is developing leadership in nurses in all roles. I believe nurses are the key to patient safety, and without strong leadership skills we are not able to influence patient care the way we should.
Clinical Simulation Center Assistant Coordinator Joanne Prahl was recognized this month by the Wyoming Army National Guard upon her retirement following 31 years of service. She received the Meritorious Service Medal during the retirement event.
I truly love teaching. As a nurse there is always the opportunity to teach, whether it is a patient, another nurse, or co-worker. There is also always the opportunity to continually learn. Moving into a Nurse Educator role is both challenging and exciting. I love seeing how eager students are to learn and the starry eyes when they master a new skill.
I’ve always seen nursing linking up with the world of disability. The needs are great, and nurses have much to offer that population. I worked as an independent Medicaid waiver nurse with a gentleman who needed tube feedings and medication, along with trach care and assessments. He very much touched my life, and I hope I touched his.
Emergency nursing is my true passion. I feel like I have been an ER nurse my entire life. I grew up as the only girl on a street with fearless boys. When anyone got hurt, which was often, they always looked to me to bandage them up. When I was a nursing student, I tried to develop interests in other areas, but kept coming back to emergent care. ER nursing comes so natural to me, and I tend to work best when faced with a critical situation.
I especially enjoy how nursing students and RN's in Wyoming and from all around the country come together from both rural and urban locales, sharing their experiences from various work settings! It adds a richness to learning that can't be found in a textbook.
Get to Know Your Faculty Series: All about Sarah Kooienga. "Professionally, my passion area is primary care. I have been a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 25 years. I count it one of the greatest blessings of my life that I had relationships with so many patients and families."
Get to Know Your Faculty Series: All about Nancy McGee. "The need for increased psychiatric care in the state of Wyoming is apparent. I am excited to be at the forefront of developing a program that will prepare students to fill these care needs."
Alert response to clinic patients leads UW professor to rewarding research: Professor Carron's interest in her research topic ["Psychosocial Distress, Coping, and Health-Related Quality of Life in Adult Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)") seems unusual in that it stems from her clinical work as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Dermatology. "But Dermatology is an entry point in the health care of women with PCOS," says Carron. Read more by clicking the title.
Dean of the UW School of Nursing, Mary Burman, received the Wyoming Nurses Association Lifetime Achievement Award September 2014 at the Wyoming Nursing Summit and Convention. Read more by clicking on title.
Two new faculty (Rebecca Carron, PhD, RN, NP-C; and Sarah Anne Kooienga, PhD, FNP, ARNP) and two new staff members (Kayla Boshell, office associate for BRAND; and Joanne Prahl, assistant coordinator for the Clinical Simulation Center) are on board so far for 2014.