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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

2014 Capstone Spotlight

2014 Capstone Spotlight

The last semester of the Basic BSN program contains the Capstone Practicum, a precepted final clinical course that assists students in synthesizing basic concepts of professional nursing. Students gain confidence, practice clinical reasoning and leadership skills, communicate effectively with the interprofessional team, apply ethical decision-making skills and develop evidence-based practice. Check out several student experiences below:


Ian Adams

I had a great experience at Albany County Public Health, participating in immunizations, HIV case management, public education, maternal-child health, sexually-transmitted infection testing and contact investigation, and long-term care assessments… I completed my clinical experience at Premier Bone & Joint, fully participating in pre-, peri- and post-operative tasks …(click Adams' name for more)


Liberty Barker

Working at the Wound Care Clinic at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) was definitely the highlight of my Capstone …it was interesting to see how they healed wounds so efficiently and relatively quickly…My second rotation was on the medical floor. This was a great experience because it enabled me to practice core nursing skills…(click Barker's name for more)


Margot Bonifas

I was placed in the Nursery/Level II NICU at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. One of the most rewarding experiences was helping my nurse be the primary care giver and resuscitating while stopping seizures of a 3-day-old baby… I got to practice IV’s, catheters, blood draws, NG tubes, suctioning, administering medications, baths, etc. all on newborns…(click Bonifas' name for more)


Heidi Davis

I spent the second half of my capstone in the ER and absolutely loved it. The pace in the ER can be hectic, but so exciting! ...This was the best place for me to be able to practice some of my nursing skills, such as starting an IV, because of the number of patients I saw in one day. My time in the ER has made me come out of my shell as a nurse and gain confidence in myself and the care I give. (Click Davis' name for more)


Kelli Fonder

At Platte County Memorial Hospital, I was able to see every case that comes in: from neonates, to pediatrics, to adults, to geriatrics. The variety of cases has been hugely educational—chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder exacerbations, chest pain, abdominal pain, comfort care patients, swing bed rehab patients, labor and delivery, pneumonia…(click Fonder's name for more)


Sami Gimelli

While at Mountain View Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit, I practiced basic nursing skills and assessments, as well as acquired critical care nursing skills. At CRMC's Diabetes Care Center, I followed a Certified Diabetes Educator...Being a type one diabetic myself, it was truly inspiring to be on the “other side” as an educator…(click Gimelli's name for more)


Terra Harvey

My experience at North Colorado Medical Center exceeded my expectations beyond imagination. I spent my capstone on the medical-surgical unit taking care of patients with many different diagnoses ranging from orthopedic surgery to neurological conditions to abdominal surgery to infections...I have had so many “aha moments” where concepts from classes make more sense…(click Harvey's name for more)


Kelly Leach

At Sheridan Memorial Hospital Medical/Surgical Unit, I was able to watch my patients from surgical recovery to the day they went home. The medical/surgical unit is a great place to see all the adult health information that we learned. [My second rotation,] the emergency room, is truly a different type of nursing. I will be a better nurse for having spent time in the ER…(click Leach's name for more)


Megan Lee

When other nursing students ask what floor I’m working on, I usually just tell them THE floor, because Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis, Wyoming only has one floor. I got to work in the Emergency Room, the Operating Room, help with chemotherapy infusions, provide wound care, do fetal monitoring …(click Lee's name for more)


Holly Reiner

The most important thing that I have learned in [the Emergency Room] setting is how to work as a team. It is so fast paced that if everyone does not do their part and help out other co-workers, patient care is slow and ineffective. This is also important when we get traumas or codes that come in as emergency patients...(Click Reiner's name for more)


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