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Nursing Education Summit Set for May 22-24 in Casper


May 6, 2011 — The second Nursing Education Summit, sponsored by the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing and the Wyoming Center for Nursing and Health Care Partnerships (WCNHCP), will be May 22-24 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Casper.

The continued development of RENEW (Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming), a joint partnership between UW, the WCNHCP, Wyoming's community colleges and health care organizations throughout the state, will be the focus of the 2011 summit. RENEW aims to enhance the quality of nursing through a shared, competency-based statewide curriculum.

In the program, prospective nurses would be able to earn an associate degree or continue seamlessly to a BSN degree (or higher) at UW or any of the state's seven community colleges. The courses needed for BSN completion through the university will be available through distance delivery.

"The Nursing Education Summit is the next step in moving Wyoming to the front in nurse education" says Matt Sholty, who coordinates the WCNHCP, housed inside the UW College of Health Sciences. "The summit wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for a grant from the Wyoming Workforce Development Council."

To register for the summit or more information, call Sholty at (307) 766-6715 or e-mail msholty@uwyo.edu. There is no registration fee, and breakfasts and lunches are provided. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 11.

The inaugural summit, where the idea of the RENEW program was born, attracted 75 nurses and nursing educators from across Wyoming.

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