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

Profiles of University of Wyoming Nursing Students

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DNP student Teresa Thompson on Health Promotion

DNP student Teresa Thompson on Health Promotion

DNP student Teresa Thompson's experience produces empathy for her patients.


2016 Convocation Awards UWFWWSON

Student Convocation Award Winners 2016

Students excelling in certain areas of nursing received awards at the 2016 University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Convocation Ceremony, held May 13, 2016 in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium. Click on the title to read about each student and their award.


2016 UWYO Jonas Scholars Named: Monica Teichert and Nichole Taylor

2016 UWYO Jonas Scholars Named: Monica Teichert and Nichole Taylor

Congratulations go to two University of Wyoming Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students, Monica Teichert from Torrington (Family Nurse Practitioner focus) and Nichole Taylor from Douglas (Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner focus). The students were named Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars following a competitive written application process.


Kali Howe, 2016 Nursing Convocation speaker

Nursing Convocation speaker announced for 2016: Kali Howe

UW School of Nursing chose Kali Howe to deliver the convocation message because of her leadership in the BSN Program as President of the Student Nurses Association.


Seniors share experiences from 2016 Capstone Practicum

Capstone Practicum 2016 Spotlight

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.


Student Rachel Niles and Nursing

Student Rachel Niles and Nursing

“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.”


DNP student Kuster manuscript published

DNP student James Kuster has manuscript published

Author learns appreciation for research: "I know how hard researcher scientists work to find answers for their questions... answers ultimately improve health care delivery."


Madison Vigil, 2015 Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program graduate

Madison Vigil reflects on the Aspire Program

"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."


Amber Wright takes a selfie on the helipad at the Mayo Clinic during her summer internship.

Amber Wright reflects on the Aspire Program

"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!"


Maggie McDonnell poses with father after placing in Father's Day race.

Maggie McDonnell reflects on the Aspire Program

"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."


Two students talk about their experiences in the 2015 UW School of Nursing Capstone Practicum

2015 Capstone Practicum

Two senior nursing students talk about their experiences in the 2015 Capstone Practicum Course.


Elle Simpson and her horse Irish

Elle Simpson reflects on the Aspire Program

"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."


DNP student James Kuster interviews Nursing Dean Mary Burman

DNP student James Kuster interviews Nursing Dean Mary Burman

James Kuster, the first Wyoming "GNSA" liaison, interviews Burman for project, contributing to video series for insight into nursing's leaders.


Pete Skorcz taps into a patient's sense of humor to help him relax during a photo session.

Pete Skorcz: Interest in Geriatrics leads to action plan

2015 Senior nursing student Peter Skorcz seeks to make a difference in the care of the elderly.


Students acquire Wilderness 1st Responder training

Students acquire Wilderness 1st Responder training

Basic BSN seniors Megan Rhodes and Reuben Watkins follow their interest in wilderness nursing by acquiring Wilderness 1st Responder training.


Carly Baker and Internship at Eating Recovery Center

Carly Baker and Internship at Eating Recovery Center

"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: 1st Jonas Scholar at UWYO Nursing

Marcella Wildeman: 1st Jonas Scholar at UWYO Nursing

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.


Student Convocation Awards 2014

Student Convocation Awards 2014

Thirteen graduating nursing students from all programs (Basic BSN, BRAND, RN/BSN, and MS Nurse Educator) were recognized with individual awards at the 2014 Convocation Ceremonies.


2014 Capstone Practicum

2014 Capstone Practicum

Several senior nursing students discuss their 2014 Capstone Clinical Course experiences.


Brooke Weiss - Chasing (and Catching) Opportunity

Brooke Weiss - Chasing (and Catching) Opportunity

Brooke Weiss, a junior nursing student, will live her dreams in Ghana for two months, basically at no cost to her pocketbook and for a huge boost in her chosen profession of nursing.


Emily Bandel - Making a Difference

Emily Bandel - Making a Difference

Emily Bandel - from Nurse's Assistant to the Mayo Clinic


2013 Capstone Clinical Spotlight

2013 Capstone Clinical Spotlight

Four senior nursing students discuss their 2013 Capstone Clinical Course experiences.


Emily Bandel: Woman of Promise

Emily Bandel: Woman of Promise

UW senior nursing student Emily Bandel is recipient of Laramie Zonta Club's "Woman of Promise" Scholarship.


Danielle Johnson: UWAA Scholarship Spotlight

Danielle Johnson: UWAA Scholarship Spotlight

University of Wyoming Alumni Association spotlight published on UW senior nursing student Danielle Johnson.


Geraghty Berntson: 2012 March of Dimes Student Nurse of the Year

Geraghty Berntson: 2012 March of Dimes Student Nurse of the Year

Berntson, a student in the UW FWWSON BRAND (accelerated) program, receives the statewide Student Nurse of the Year Award for 2012.


Frank Vitale: CHAP Volunteer of the Month

Frank Vitale: CHAP Volunteer of the Month

UW Basic BSN Program senior Frank Vitale finds volunteering rewarding due to the impact he can have on the people he helps.


Kendra Sayles: Surviving the "Unsurvivable"

Kendra Sayles: Surviving the "Unsurvivable"

UW BRAND (Accelerated BSN) Program student Kendra Sayles: "We can make a huge difference for humankind, and in our own lives."


Angela Carlow: Car Accident Prompts Nursing Career

Angela Carlow: Car Accident Prompts Nursing Career

UW nursing student Angela Carlow believes everything happens for a reason - and sees where her catastrophic car wreck brought her into a nursing career.


Sheryl Anderson: The Missing Puzzle Piece

Sheryl Anderson: The Missing Puzzle Piece

UW nursing student Sheryl Anderson finds that nursing is the missing puzzle piece that will enable her to work most effectively in her "passion" area.


David Cortes: The Secret of Success

David Cortes: The Secret of Success

UW nursing student David Cortes comes to America from Bolivia, bringing with him determination and tenacity - and thus capacity for success in his nursing career choice.


Darcey Cowardin: From Dispatcher to Nurse

Darcey Cowardin: From Dispatcher to Nurse

UW Nursing student Darcey Cowardin shares her story: how working as a police dispatcher helped her find her way into a nursing career.


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