In this 2016 Capstone Spotlight, four students write about their placements in agencies such as the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado or Park County Public Health and West Park Hospital in Cody; or Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Powell Valley Healthcare or Albany County Public Health. These agencies and all of our other many community partners provide crucial experiences to help students make sense of and synthesize all the book learning, classes and clinicals as they prepare to take the NCLEX and begin their new careers.
“As I go through the nursing program, I am starting to find myself in my studies and while working with the elderly in an assisted living community. I have never felt more alive than when I’m sitting with those I take care of.”
"Through Aspire, I was able to attend the American Nurses Association Quality Conference. At this conference, I was able to attend seminars presented by nurses from around the country about improving quality care...It was inspiring to see nurses who recognized issues and did research to try to improve these issues. It motivated me to be actively involved in my patients’ care and invested in their well-being."
"The events that I have been able to participate in [through Aspire] have helped me grow as a leader and have provided me with many nurse role models. I have been invited to attend events specifically for Aspire students that have broadened my nursing knowledge, developed my leadership skills further, and have helped me grow as a nurse. The opportunities that Aspire offers its members are outstanding!"
"Aspire has made me realize that nurses are a very powerful force. We are the ones at the bedside giving direct patient care, so many rely on us for feedback. It is our responsibility to advocate for our patients. As nurses, we have the ability to act on things we believe need to change in order to better our healthcare system. It takes a leader to act and make changes possible."
"I would describe Aspire as a program for personal and professional growth. Aspire provides its students with the tools and resources to be successful, mindful, and professional. The program offers a network of support and multiple opportunities for mentorship and guidance."
"Working with these patients combines two very different aspects of nursing: the physiological care of acutely ill patients and the emotional and mental care of patients with psychiatric illness. It has been challenging, exciting and very rewarding."
Marcella Wildeman was named the first Jonas Scholar at UWYO Nursing. Improving the relationships between physicians and nurse practitioners is her project and goal for her time in the Jonas Scholar program.