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October 17, 2013 — The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing has named clinical agencies in Casper, Cheyenne and Sheridan as community partners.
The “Community Partner" awards recognize clinical agencies that work with the school to educate the next generation of nurses. This fall, the awards were presented to the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which works closely with the Basic B.S.N. program and also plays a key role in training graduate nurse practitioner (NP) students; Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, involved with the Bachelors Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree (BRAND) program; and Sheridan County Public Health, which works with the RN/BSN Completion Program.
Cheyenne VA Medical Center (CVAMC) was named the "Community Partner of the Year" of 2013. The agency places students in multiple clinical settings within the hospital.
Students have shared positive comments about their clinical experiences at CVAMC. "The staff nurses are very welcoming and very willing to teach us" and "I like that the nurses asks us questions" are among student comments about the experience.
The CVAMC also was named the "Graduate Program Community Partner" for 2013. It has hosted many UW NP students, many of whom have gone on to have careers at the hospital.
"The experiences the NP students receive at the CVAMC are second to none," says Ann Marie Hart, coordinator of the UW’s Doctor of Nursing Program.
The Wyoming Medical Center (WMC) was named the "BRAND Community Partner" of 2013.
Students are involved in medical and surgical clinical experiences, and they also learn fundamentals pertaining to the field of obstetrics, including labor and delivery, post-partum and newborn nursery. Each year, the WMC hires BRAND nursing students after graduation.
Sheridan County Public Health (SCPH) was named the "Educational Community Partner" of 2013. It partners with the nursing school to educate online RN/BSN Completion Program students.
Newly graduated nursing students Shelby Fitzhugh, left, and Sheryl Anderson, right, practice their nursing skills in UW’s mock hospital laboratory.