Congratulations WNA Award Winners!
The Wyoming Nurses Association presented eight awards during their annual award luncheon on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Ramkota in Casper, Wyoming. The award luncheon was held in conjunction with the annual Wyoming Nursing Summit and Convention. Congratulations to the winners!
New Nurse for the Future
This award is given to one nurse from each of the (5) Wyoming Regions who has been licensed as a Registered Nurse for 5 years or less. The nominee will have become known in that time of practice since graduation for innovative practice, service in the community, or a specific program that will serve the public in the area where they practice. At least one nominee will be suggested by the leaders of the WNA Region and other nominees can be solicited from peers, nursing supervisors or patients of the New Nurse. A letter of one page or less describing the attributes of the nurse will be required to nominate a new nurse for this important award. The five (5) New Nurses for the Future award recipients will receive a one-year membership to ANA and WNA at a discounted rate of $80 (a savings of $200).
The three 2017 New Nurse for the Future award winners are:
Julianne Forrester, RN (Big Piney). She works for Big Piney Medical Clinic.
Excellence in the Workplace
This award is conferred on a Registered Nurse who has developed an innovative unique approach to nursing theory and knowledge in any practice setting. The award may be given to a Nurse Administrator, Educator or a Nurse who provides direct nursing care. They will be recognized as a role model of consistent high-quality nursing practice. This nurse will have created an environment of professional autonomy and control over their nursing practice. The nomination can come from a peer, patient, or supervisor. A letter of one page or less describing the attributes and examples of quality, professionalism or a description of a specific event in which the Nurse was exceptional will nominate the nurse for this award!
This year’s award winner is Kizzy Ledesma, RN (Laramie). Kizzy works for Invinson Memorial Hopsital.
Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing
This award is conferred on an Advanced Practice Nurse who has developed an innovative and unique approach to the provision of nursing in their practice setting. The APRN can be nominated for providing a positive impact to patients or peers in the work setting, or for the provision of autonomous practices. This nurse will have served as a role model for other APRNs. A letter of one page or less describing the attributes of the nurse will be required to nominate the Advance Practice Nurse.
The 2017 award winner is Robin Horsley, AGACNP-BC, RRT, VA-BC (Sheridan). She is employed by Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
Nightingale Award for Excellence
This award is conferred on a WNA member who, during their career, has provided support to the values of the Wyoming Nursing Association and the profession of nursing in the state of Wyoming. A letter of nomination should include examples of the activities of the nominee which would show lifetime achievement in quality, caring, service and/or dedication to innovation or provision of patient care.
The 2017 Nightingale Award for Excellence was given to two individuals this year:
Susan M. Howard, MSN, RN, BC (Campbell). She is retired from Campbell County Health.
Veronica Taylor, RN, MS (Gillette). She is employed at Campbell County Memorial Hospital/Campbell County Health.
The President’s Award recognizes achievements of significance to the nursing profession, or special service to or on behalf of the Wyoming Nurses Association.
Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners!
Thank you to the award committee for their hard work, chaired by Jeanine Niemoller, Laramie. Committee members include: Jane Hartsock, Casper; Sue Howard, Gillette; Christina Brewer, Powell; and Tenny Davis, Rock Springs.