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Kaylee Taylor

Capstone Practicum 2019


My capstone experience...

... had me placed at Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyoming. It is a small critical access hospital, and I didn’t know what to expect since I had never been to Worland. I didn’t think I would get the experience I really wanted during my capstone because it was so small. Now, I am so incredibly thankful for being placed in a small hospital. Before starting, I felt nervous and intimidated but everyone went out of their way to make me feel welcome, and I feel like I fit right in.

Small hospital provides major benefits

While I was originally nervous about my capstone experience in Worland, I soon realized that the small size of the hospital was a major benefit to my nursing career. I have obtained knowledge and experiences in many different areas of nursing, which not only make me a more well rounded nurse, but also allow me to consider what area of nursing I’d like to pursue in the future. In addition, the entire hospital is so supportive of my education. My preceptor is mainly a medical-surgical nurse, but she also gets a phone call whenever anything interesting comes into the ER, so I can go assist and learn something new.

Everyone willing to teach

The doctors, surgeons, x-ray techs, and anesthesiologists have taken the time to explain the procedures they are performing in order to ensure I fully understand what they are doing. I have also had the opportunity to go into the OR for a few surgeries, follow the chemotherapy nurse, and even help manage ICU patient’s care. My preceptor Shae is so knowledgeable, and I feel lucky to learn from someone so willing to teach.


I feel as if I have gained so much confidence in my nursing skills, and really feel as if I can apply the different things I’ve learned throughout the first three semesters on campus. Learning in class is great, but once you get to see it happen with real patients, it really helps you remember and tie everything together. I feel so blessed to have this amazing opportunity to grow as a nurse, and look forward to the next step after graduation.

Story placed: 4/8/2019

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