2017 Preceptor of the Year Awards

2017 Preceptors of the Year: Belit Tolluoglu and Mike Hafner

Above: (l-r) Belit Tolluoglu, RN; Mike Hafner, RN

Preceptors of the Year Awards Announced

The gentlemen pictured were chosen as "Preceptors of the Year" for two of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program options offered at the University of Wyoming. Preceptors, key to our success as a school of nursing, are nurses who mentor our students in a variety of clinical settings. In an effort to recognize these nurses--especially those who go above and beyond--the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing presents an award annually to a Basic BSN and BRAND preceptor. Students write the nominations for these awards. Read below about these inspiring individuals!


Basic BSN
Preceptor of 2017: Belit Tolluoglu

The Basic BSN preceptor for 2017 is Belit Tolluoglu, who works as a nurse in the Emergency Room at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The student who nominated our winner said the following:

"If nursing school built the foundation for my nursing career, Belit built the house. He shaped me from an inexperienced, naive student into a more knowledgeable, capable one. He helped me become competent with nursing skills, assessments, and time management. If there was as an opportunity to learn, Belit did his best to provide it. Most importantly, his love of nursing sparked in me passion for this career I had never before felt, and for that I am forever indebted. Because of his diligent, patient instruction, I feel ready to start my career as a new nurse. Belit genuinely cared about my success as a student nurse and fully invested his time and energy into training me. I am so thankful I had him as my practicum preceptor.”

– Basic BSN student 2017, Alaina Gillogly


BRAND ("Bachelors Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree")
Preceptor of 2017: Mike Hafner

The BRAND preceptor for 2017 is Mike Hafner, who works in the ICU at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Two students nominated our winner. Their comments follow:

"Mike Hafner is one of the best educators I’ve had. His love, enthusiasm for nursing is contagious. He challenged me to think critically, develop clinical skills, and most importantly, examine the big picture when it comes to patient care. As a student nurse, clinical experiences are overwhelming, yet Mike has managed to push me out of my comfort zone while guiding me when I am unsure of myself. He goes over and beyond to find different methods and situations to foster learning. He encourages questions and the use of all information I’ve learned to make solid, evidenced-based clinical decisions and to deliver safe, effective patient care. A former BRAND student himself, Mike has shown me what excellent nursing care looks like in practice. I will look back and have him to thank for my nursing career.”

– BRAND student 2017, Abbie Hale

"Mike was a phenomenal preceptor with a true passion to teach. He pushed me to become the best nurse I can be. He held me to a high standard and expected me to push myself, yet was very aware of my limits and hesitation and was always there as support. When I had a question, he would challenge me to come to the answer by asking me pertinent questions. When I found a patient interesting, we would dive into their diagnosis and pick it apart until I truly understood the pathophysiology and care plan for the patient. He would consistently quiz me on side effects and mechanism of action of medications and what would need to be reassessed. I am grateful for such a clinical teacher as Mike, who is passionate about teaching students, ensuring they are ready and confident to provide care."

– BRAND student 2017, Casey Joyner


Updated: 10/02/2017

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