Jennifer Frausto 2019 award winner

Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing

three young women hold award plaque and smile for camera


Jennifer Frausto (to the right), with
UW DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner faculty members, Nancy McGee (left)
an J'Laine Proctor (center)


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) faculty is pleased to announce the selection of Jennifer Frausto as the School of Nursing's 2019 recipient of the Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award.



Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wyoming, then with her Master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from University of Colorado. Her DNP capstone was a Quality Improvement (QI) project on reducing holds in adolescent inpatient psychiatric patients wards. She presented this meaningful work at the APNA annual conference in 2017.


Clinically, Jen has practiced with Dr. Steven Brown and Associates and at the Wyoming Behavioral Institute – an 85-bed acute care psychiatric hospital in Casper, Wyoming, that specializes in mental health and chemical dependency treatment for children, adolescents and adults. During her work at WBI, Jen was hired as the medical director of WBI’s "Foundations for Success” program, where behaviorally challenged children from kindergarten through second grade learn skills to be successful in their local schools. These students spend two hours of their school day at the program building social and emotional skills to increase success in the traditional classroom. In 2015 Jen started her own successful private practice, Peaceful Minds Wellness Center, and she continues to serve the psychiatric needs of pediatric and adult clients of Casper, Wyoming.


The DNP faculty chose Jennifer for the Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award because of the commitment she has shown to providing excellent psychiatric care to individuals who are experiencing severe mental illness, as well as her commitment to educating the next generation of Psych NPs.

"Jen is an exceptionally skilled clinician," says UW Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner faculty member, Dr. Nancy McGee. "Despite her busy clinic schedule, Jen is always willing and eager to integrate students into her practice and provide a rich learning experience for our DNP students. We thank Jen for her dedication to filling the critical need for psychiatric services in her community as well as her loyalty to the School of Nursing’s DNP program."


Story posted 05/09/2019

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