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David Bodily wins 2020 WNA Award

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K. David Bodily, MS, RN, CHSE
WNA 2020 "Inspiring our Future Nurses" Awardee

The Wyoming Nurses Association (WNA) announced Friday, September 25, 2020, that K. David Bodily is recipient of “Inspiring our Future Nurses Award,” given annually to a WNA member nursing instructor who has been a positive influence on the future nurses of Wyoming. 

Bodily is an associate lecturer as well as program director for the University of Wyoming ReNEW and RN-BSN nursing programs. As a seasoned instructor, he “embodies the faculty role that involves teaching, advising, service, and professional development,” says UW Nursing Dean Sherrill Smith, “and has had an invaluable impact on our future Wyoming baccalaureate prepared nurses.”


  • Course Development and Instruction

    Dean Smith says Bodily has been instrumental in developing and teaching courses in the online BSN Completion program called “ReNEW—Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming”—a shared curriculum across all Wyoming community college and UW nursing programs. Bodily collaborates with community college leaders to encourage Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students to continue their education at UW in order to achieve their BSN at their pace and convenience.

  • Evaluations

    Smith says Bodily’s student evaluations are “very positive,” lauding his presence and timely, video-enhanced feedback. Pre-licensure Programs Director Kimberly Raska-Miller adds that Bodily pushes students to “think outside the box,” and is highly knowledgeable about online learning modalities and technology,” providing technology support to both students and faculty.

  • Online Teaching Mentor

    “Bodily strives to improve in all areas,” shares Dean Smith. “He has sought to enhance his teaching by taking coursework in instructional design, and is now a university-wide mentor for online teaching. “He inspires us all to be the best online instructors we could be,” adds Raska-Miller.


In addition to Bodily’s teaching role, he is also part of a small advising team for over 300 BSN completion and potential students. “David has worked with his team to develop a flexible model for advising that will provide rapid response to students, meeting needs of this unique online-only student population,” shares Dean Smith. 


Smith continues her glowing praise for Bodily’s performance: “David exceeds our required expectations for service contributions locally and beyond.” Bodily serves on multiple committees for the school and statewide and was recently asked to speak to a Wyoming legislative committee regarding the ReNEW state-wide nursing education efforts. College of Health Sciences’ Dean David Jones praised Bodily’s presentation: “[He] did a masterful job of showing the strength of the ReNEW program during the Joint Education Committee meeting.” Bodily also serves as Vice-President of the Wyoming Nurses’ Association, as well as serving on advisory boards for community colleges and the Sweetwater County Hospice.


 “David also goes beyond what is required of his current job description as faculty,” says Smith. David and nursing faculty member Dr. Paula Kihn secured funding and implemented a research project to evaluate what baccalaureate essentials are delivered in ADN programs in Wyoming that will inform our future BSN completion courses and program. He has also obtained a professional certification as a simulation educator and provides simulation consultation to faculty here at UW as well as across the country, including serving as a manuscript reviewer for the journal Clinical Simulation in Learning."

Dean Smith concludes, “I cannot be more proud to have Mr. David Bodily as a faculty member at the University of Wyoming. He expertly performs the multi-faceted role of the faculty member and is truly an inspiration to our future nurses.”

Hearty congratulations to a well-deserving David Bodily! 


Page placed: 9/28/2020

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