The mission of the Wyoming Center for Nursing is: “The Wyoming Center for Nursing is
committed to creating a culture of health that promotes the development of a diverse health care workforce by transforming nursing education, advancing the health of individuals, and improving communities through fostering collaborative partnerships.”
The Wyoming Center for Nursing (WCN) was created by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Partners in Nursing grant in 2008. It has formed an active and strong Advisory Board with a range of constituents that have come together to improve nursing retention and recruitment, educational capacity, and to build consensus on nursing issues in the State of Wyoming.
To date the WCN has accomplished the following:
- Funded 5 Pilot Projects on recruitment, training, and retention, with emphasis on long-term care in Wyoming.
- Held a competition for middle school students to create a poster and radio ad to promote nursing.
- Sponsored the Annual Nursing Summit and WNA convention.
- Hosts the Annual Nursing Education Summit.
- Facilitated 5 Wyoming Nurse Leadership Institutes.
- Worked with the Wyoming State Board of Nursing on data collection.
- Sponsored a survey on the Education Mobility and level of education of Wyoming nurses.
- Worked with the Area Health Education Center to host a summer camp for high school students the past 6 years.
- Created a preceptor orientation program to enhance a student’s clinical experience.
- Coordinated the effort to create a statewide nursing curriculum, Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming (ReNEW).
The Wyoming Center for Nursing is the Action Coalition for the State of Wyoming. The Action Coalitions are the driving force across the country implementing the goals from the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing report. For more information on Action Coalitions please visit thefutureofnursing.org.
The WCN advisory board has been an organization of dedicated individuals working to improve the health care of Wyoming’s citizens. After 4 years of work it was time to formalize the advisory board operations. A strategic map, organization chart, committee descriptions, and operating principles were adopted. This included the election of new officers, Chair Mary Behrens, Vise Chair Jeanine Niemoller, and Secretary Melanie Pearce and Michaela Walker-Hettinger. Please see the new organization structure documents below.