Banner Wyoming Medical Center

2021 BSN Community Partner

two women receive plaque from dean of school, all masked up for COVID

Pictured: (l-r) Susan Chambers, Director of Nursing at Banner Wyoming Medical Center (BWMC); Liz Haecker, Director of Education at BWMC; Sherrill Smith, Dean of the UWYO Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing


The recipient of the Community Partner Award for 2020-2021 from Basic BSN and BRAND nursing programs at the University of Wyoming is Banner Wyoming Medical Center (WMC) in Casper. The award was presented on August 25, 2021 in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium on the University of Wyoming Campus at the school's annual ceremony* introducing new junior students to professional nursing. Representatives from Banner Wyoming Medical Center receiving the award were Susan Chambers, Director of Nursing, and Liz Haecker, Director of Education.

Banner Wyoming Medical Center was the first facility to welcome the UWYO Nursing BRAND accelerated students back for their senior capstone experience in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020. They then provided capstone experiences for the school's Basic BSN students in the spring of 2021 and provided BRAND students with an OB experience in the summer of 2021. Their partnership continues with BRAND senior capstone in the fall of 2021. The facility leadership provides a safe learning environment that was and continues to be safe for students by providing the appropriate training in relation to their safety needs during a pandemic.

While most community partners have welcomed students back in their facilities, we are ever grateful to Banner Wyoming Medical Center for being the first to welcome students back during the COVID-19 pandemic. They provide a rich learning experience for the students and ensure that they see a wide variety of patients. The preceptors are professional and eager to help students as they transition into the role of the RN. Preceptors carefully push students out of their comfort zone but are always there to support the students. This helps students to grow confident in their abilities as a nurse. The school is always very thankful for Banner Wyoming Medical Center’s part in the education of our students, but even more so now during this unknown and topsy-turvy time of a pandemic.


*ceremony: The ceremony introducing students to professional nursing was formerly called the "Nightingale Ceremony", but this year was called the "Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing", thanks to the support of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.


Posted 08-27-2021

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