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UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Lauds Four Community Partners

January 6, 2017
five people standing behind a counter with a sign that says Pathways
Pathways Mental Health Professionals in Laramie received the 2016 DNP Community Partner Award recently from the UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. From left are: James Kuster, a UW DNP student; Glen and Kay Lynn Hammer, clinic owners; and Nancy McGee and J’Laine Proctor, UW Nursing PMHNP faculty.

The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing recently honored four community partners.

These partners work with the school to provide exceptional clinical educational opportunities for nursing students across clinical programs. The awards were given individually to the agencies during special ceremonies throughout 2016. The agencies recognized:

-- Albany County Public Health (ACPH) received the 2016 Basic BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Community Partner Award for its work with the “Basic BSN” traditional on-campus program.  

“The wonderful nurses at Albany County Public Health work closely with our faculty to tailor experiences to the interests of the students, while still addressing the global aspects of public health,” says Program Director Holly Miller.

Miller says ACPH nurses work on building strengths and interests of UW nursing students while keeping a focus on providing the best possible learning experiences. The award was presented during the school’s Nightingale Ceremony during the fall.

-- Platte County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) in Wheatland received the 2016 BRAND Program Community Partner Award for its work with the BRAND accelerated second bachelor’s degree program.

According to UW BRAND Program Director Candace Tull, PCMH nurses “went above and beyond to support the accelerated BRAND nursing students’ clinical education, being extremely supportive in encouraging and facilitating an additional clinical group of students.” 

As an example of the PCMH commitment to students’ education, Tull says PCMH developed a Clinical Practice/Shared Leadership Committee, which includes a member of the UW nursing faculty. The purpose of this committee is to ensure coordination of students and quality of clinical experience. Tull says students consistently note the hospital staff’s support and encouragement in clinical learning experiences. The BRAND award was presented at the fall Nightingale Ceremony.

-- Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne received the 2016 RN-BSN Completion Program Community Partner Award for its work with the RN-BSN Completion Program. UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Dean Mary Burman says LCCC has been extremely supportive of students attaining their BSN degrees in as timely and seamless a manner as possible.

Encouraging and counseling students to select appropriate classes needed for the BSN has been critical, resulting in 145 LCCC associate’s degree nursing graduates attaining their BSN degrees from UW between 2010-15.

“Looking to the future, many LCCC nursing faculty participated in the development of the ReNEW curriculum, now in effect and transforming Wyoming nursing,” Burman says. “This is yet another example of LCCC and UW working together to encourage continued education among nurses and ensuring safe, quality, patient-centered care in Wyoming.”

The award was presented in early fall by new RN-BSN Completion Program Director David Bodily to LCCC nursing Dean Jennifer Anderson.

-- Pathways Mental Health Professionals (“Pathways”) in Laramie received the 2016 DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Program Community Partner Award for its work with the DNP Program. Pathways provided the first clinical rotation in UW Nursing’s new Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP Program option.

“Pathways provided an excellent clinical experience, a friendly atmosphere and an ideal interdisciplinary team approach to treating complex mental health issues,” Burman says in the award letter to Pathways. “Student feedback also highlighted the willingness of Pathways’ clinicians to assure variety and depth of clinical experience.”

The award was presented last fall at the DNP program’s “Willow Ceremony.”

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