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Spotlight on students in the 2021 Capstone Practicum, a precepted final clinical course where students gain confidence, practice clinical reasoning and leadership skills, communicate effectively with interprofessional teams, apply ethical decision-making skills and develop evidence-based practice. Check out five students' experiences by clicking in "2021 Capstone Spotlight" link above.
This UWYO Nursing student amazes us in her love for learning, for traveling, for volunteering. And most of all, her love for doing all that at the same time! Kayla Sherrodd, senior nursing student, talks about trips with UWYO SLCE program (Center for Student Leadership & Community Engagement) and other activities that have enriched her purpose in life. Read on and be inspired!
Senior nursing student Hayley Stromberg experienced a life-changing winter break experience in January 2020. She took advantage of “Taglit-Birthright Israel” Foundation’s gift of an educational trip to Israel for 50,000 young Jewish adults each year, strengthening their understanding of their great heritage, history, and homeland. “This trip has been talked about in my family for years,” says Hayley. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be able to go back to Israel and see our roots.” Read on for Stromberg’s story.
From preemie to nursing student to Zimbabwe medical aid volunteer, Allison Orr has experienced much in her young life. Graduating this spring 2020, she is feeling equipped to deal with the rich nursing career ahead! Read more by clicking in the title.
Joanna Farrell came to college already a leader, plunging ahead into activities that stoked her joy--outdoors. From ski instructor, high adventure guide, ski patroller, UW Outdoor Program trip leader... and nursing student. Read more about an ambitious young lady, and return for the sequel after she graduates. Read more by clicking on the title.
Spotlight on students in the 2019 Capstone Practicum, a precepted final clinical course where students gain confidence, practice clinical reasoning and leadership skills, communicate effectively with interprofessional teams, apply ethical decision-making skills and develop evidence-based practice. Check out five students' experiences by clicking in "2019 Capstone Spotlight" link above.
DNP student Jeff Shideman shares why he chose nursing, why he continued on to pursue a DNP-FNP, why he chose the University of Wyoming, what he hopes to accomplish with his unique nursing focus, and what surprised him the most about UW's DNP program! Read on!
Spotlight on students in the 2018 Capstone Course: The last semester of the Basic BSN program contains the Capstone Practicum, a precepted final clinical course that assists students in synthesizing basic concepts of professional nursing. Students gain confidence, practice clinical reasoning and leadership skills, communicate effectively with the interprofessional team, apply ethical decision-making skills and develop evidence-based practice. Check out five students' experiences by clicking in "2018 Capstone Spotlight" link above.
Ethan Atwood from Casper came to the BRAND accelerated second bachelors program with prior degree in microbiology and a minor in molecular biology. "Those were black and white subjects," says Atwood, "unlike nursing!" Atwood continues, "Despite the differences between my previous major and nursing, an idea called Evidence Based Practice (EBP) has been one foundational nursing element that has bridged the gap between my two educational worlds. EBP includes the integration of systematic research, which fuels clinical decision-making and is how my objective academic world has met my new dynamic world of nursing." [Read more about Atwood and BRAND by clicking in the title.]
14 students graduating from UW Nursing programs received special awards at the 2017 Convocation Ceremony held May 12, 2017 in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium. The awards were given to students out of all the nursing programs--DNP, Master's of Science Nurse Educator, BRAND accelerated, RN-BSN Completion, and the on-campus "Basic BSN" Program. See pictures and read about each student's qualifications for their unique award by clicking in the title above.
Ten UW nursing juniors will be heading off to summer internships--experiences that are highly sought after. These valuable internships equip students with confidence and prepare them to handle the rigors of the upcoming senior capstone clinical course. Click in the title to read more.
Three students in the Basic BSN program tell about their capstone placements at Ivinson Memorial Hospital (Michelle Duay), at David Walsh Cancer Center at Sterling Regional Medical Center in Sterling, Colorado (Katy Morrison), and Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis, Wyoming (Laura Williams). Click the title to read their stories!
Masters of Science Nurse Educator candidate, Robin Cole, is slated as speaker for the 2017 Nursing Convocation Ceremony, having been chosen for that honor by her classmates. Nursing Dean Mary Burman says, "We are really excited to have Robin Cole as our speaker to talk about her experiences as a learner as well as an educator in nursing."
Is it doable to major in Nursing and participate in a competitive sport like Diving at the same time? Ryan Russi, competitive diver on the UW Diving Team, gives us a resounding "Yes!" Russi was recently named WAC Diver of the Week (January 2017). Click on the title of this profile to read why Russi chose Wyoming, why he chose nursing, how to make athletics + nursing work, and advice for potential students wanting to do the same.
DNP student Teresa Thompson's experience produces empathy for her patients.
Students excelling in certain areas of nursing received awards at the 2016 University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Convocation Ceremony, held May 13, 2016 in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium. Click on the title to read about each student and their award.
Congratulations go to two University of Wyoming Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students, Monica Teichert from Torrington (Family Nurse Practitioner focus) and Nichole Taylor from Douglas (Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner focus). The students were named Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars following a competitive written application process.
UW School of Nursing chose Kali Howe to deliver the convocation message because of her leadership in the BSN Program as President of the Student Nurses Association.
In this 2016 Capstone Spotlight, four students write about their placements in agencies such as the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado or Park County Public Health and West Park Hospital in Cody; or Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Powell Valley Healthcare or Albany County Public Health. These agencies and all of our other many community partners provide crucial experiences to help students make sense of and synthesize all the book learning, classes and clinicals as they prepare to take the NCLEX and begin their new careers.
“As I go through the nursing program, I am starting to find myself in my studies and while working with the elderly in an assisted living community. I have never felt more alive than when I’m sitting with those I take care of.”
Author learns appreciation for research: "I know how hard researcher scientists work to find answers for their questions... answers ultimately improve health care delivery."
"Through Aspire, I was able to attend the American Nurses Association Quality Conference. At this conference, I was able to attend seminars presented by nurses from around the country about improving quality care...It was inspiring to see nurses who recognized issues and did research to try to improve these issues. It motivated me to be actively involved in my patients’ care and invested in their well-being."
"The events that I have been able to participate in [through Aspire] have helped me grow as a leader and have provided me with many nurse role models. I have been invited to attend events specifically for Aspire students that have broadened my nursing knowledge, developed my leadership skills further, and have helped me grow as a nurse. The opportunities that Aspire offers its members are outstanding!"
"Aspire has made me realize that nurses are a very powerful force. We are the ones at the bedside giving direct patient care, so many rely on us for feedback. It is our responsibility to advocate for our patients. As nurses, we have the ability to act on things we believe need to change in order to better our healthcare system. It takes a leader to act and make changes possible."
Two senior nursing students talk about their experiences in the 2015 Capstone Practicum Course.
"I would describe Aspire as a program for personal and professional growth. Aspire provides its students with the tools and resources to be successful, mindful, and professional. The program offers a network of support and multiple opportunities for mentorship and guidance."
James Kuster, the first Wyoming "GNSA" liaison, interviews Burman for project, contributing to video series for insight into nursing's leaders.
2015 Senior nursing student Peter Skorcz seeks to make a difference in the care of the elderly.
Basic BSN seniors Megan Rhodes and Reuben Watkins follow their interest in wilderness nursing by acquiring Wilderness 1st Responder training.
"Working with these patients combines two very different aspects of nursing: the physiological care of acutely ill patients and the emotional and mental care of patients with psychiatric illness. It has been challenging, exciting and very rewarding."
Marcella Wildeman was named the first Jonas Scholar at UWYO Nursing. Improving the relationships between physicians and nurse practitioners is her project and goal for her time in the Jonas Scholar program.
Thirteen graduating nursing students from all programs (Basic BSN, BRAND, RN/BSN, and MS Nurse Educator) were recognized with individual awards at the 2014 Convocation Ceremonies.
Several senior nursing students discuss their 2014 Capstone Clinical Course experiences.
Brooke Weiss, a junior nursing student, will live her dreams in Ghana for two months, basically at no cost to her pocketbook and for a huge boost in her chosen profession of nursing.
Emily Bandel - from Nurse's Assistant to the Mayo Clinic
Berntson, a student in the UW FWWSON BRAND (accelerated) program, receives the statewide Student Nurse of the Year Award for 2012.
UW Basic BSN Program senior Frank Vitale finds volunteering rewarding due to the impact he can have on the people he helps.
UW BRAND (Accelerated BSN) Program student Kendra Sayles: "We can make a huge difference for humankind, and in our own lives."
UW nursing student Angela Carlow believes everything happens for a reason - and sees where her catastrophic car wreck brought her into a nursing career.
UW nursing student Sheryl Anderson finds that nursing is the missing puzzle piece that will enable her to work most effectively in her "passion" area.
UW nursing student David Cortes comes to America from Bolivia, bringing with him determination and tenacity - and thus capacity for success in his nursing career choice.
UW Nursing student Darcey Cowardin shares her story: how working as a police dispatcher helped her find her way into a nursing career.