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  • 23 Apr 2018 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colleen Butler, DNP, APRN, FNP is a Wyoming native. She graduated from Sheridan College with her ADN in 1991 and went on to get her BSN from the University of Wyoming in 1993. Her background is varied and included pediatrics, OB/Nursery and Home Care. She received her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Northern Colorado in 2000, and later returned to UNC for her DNP, graduating in 2015. Colleen’s Doctoral Capstone Project was the Essential Components of a Mentoring Program for Rural Nurse Practitioners.

    She continues to focus on building APRN communities and loves to precept students. She is currently employed by the Sheridan VA Health Care System, and recently transitioned from a full time Primary Care panel to the Chief of Quality Safety and Value. She and her husband Michael have two daughters; Molly is a Freshman at Black Hills State University in Spearfish South Dakota, and Nora is a 7th grader at Sheridan Junior High School. 

    Colleen currently serves WCAPN as its President. Her term expires this year. 
  • 23 Apr 2018 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AANP Health Policy Fellowship program provides AANP members with a comprehensive experience at the center of health policy and politics in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for members with an interest in health care policy to experience the legislative process first hand.

    Submissions for Spring through Fall 2018 are being accepted. Please review the Health Policy Fellowship webpage for more information.
  • 23 Apr 2018 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Advanced Practice Forum, will be held, October 12-13, 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Sheridan, Wyoming and we are looking for presenters for this conference!

    The Wyoming Advanced Practice Forum is designed to support the professional practice and learning needs of nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and other interested health care providers by providing a variety of evidence-based educational topics.

    Presentation proposals should have a focus on pharmacotherapy, clinical topics, innovative practice settings and other topics related to advanced practice nursing.

    The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2018

    WCAPN members PLEASE assist us in getting the call for presenters out to your network!

    Go here for more information or Download the Application
  • 23 Apr 2018 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., issued an advisory on April 5, urging more Americans, including family, friends and those who are personally at risk, to carry naloxone, a lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

    Opioid deaths are rapidly increasing, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. struggling with an opioid use disorder. Expanding the use of naloxone is a key part of the public health response to the opioid crisis, along with effective prevention, treatment and recovery programs for opioid use disorder. Research shows a combination of medication, counseling and behavioral therapy, also known as Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT, can help people achieve long-term recovery. Visit surgeongeneral.gov to learn more.
  • 26 Mar 2018 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colby Butler is the current secretary of the Wyoming Council for Advanced Practice Nurses (WCAPN). She is currently serving her second year. Colby is chair of WCAPN’s Advanced Practice forum for the second year in a row. Colby is a Family Nurse Practitioner originally from Big Horn, Wyoming. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming.

    Colby began practicing as an NP in 2012. She has been practicing at Wyoming Otolaryngology in Casper, Wyoming since 2013. She has two children ages 5 and 3 and her husband, Trent, runs a successful landscaping company in Casper. Colby is very passionate about nursing and nursing practice in the State of Wyoming and is happy to be a voice for fellow advanced practice nurses throughout the state. 

  • 26 Mar 2018 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The WCAPN office will be closed for the Easter Holiday on Friday, March 30th and Monday, April 2nd. The office will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, April 3rd.

    Wishing you a very Happy Easter!
  • 26 Mar 2018 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APRNs did you know that if you have a membership in Wyoming Nurses Association, one of the benefits of membership is a savings on certifications?

    The American Nurse Credentialing Center (a subsidiary of ANA) offers certifications in nurse specialties, giving you an easy way to validate your knowledge to employers and patients. Even better, your ANA membership saves you $125 on initial certification and $100 when you renew!

    Learn more about certification with ANCC!
  • 27 Feb 2018 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alicia Le Pard, is a MSN, MBA, APRN. Alicia is certified as an acute care, emergency care, family and geriatric nurse practitioner with a specialization as a certified diabetes educator, and advanced diabetes management as well a certified informatics and emergency nurse!

    She runs her own family practice clinic, High Desert Healthcare, Gillette, focusing on the family with chronic diseases such as diabetes but branches into urgent care. As a sideline, Alicia teaches EMS through Gillette College, and a variety of nursing courses with Maryville University. She continues her self-education as well and acts as the current President of the Northeast Region of WNA and a member-at-large of WCAPN.

    Alicia joined the WCAPN Board of Directors in 2016 as Member at Large. 



  • 27 Feb 2018 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Amy Gruwell, FNPC is WCAPN’s Immediate Past President. She was invited to be a Member At Large in the spring of 2015 and was elected President Elect in 2015.  She has been a member of the WCAPN Conference Committee and served as Chair in 2016. She is heading up the Leadership and Public Policy Committees this year.

    A few quick words from Amy:

    I am a Wyoming native. I have been lucky to obtain all of my nursing degrees (RN, BSN, MSN-FNP) while living in Wyoming and from Wyoming Schools. I have been a nurse for 19 years and a NP for 14 years. I have primarily worked in primary care practices, but have dabbled in Gastroenterology and Urgent Care. I have owned a family practice clinic for the last 9 years…or wait maybe it has owned me. Regardless, I am amazed at the changes that occur in health care daily. I am thankful to always be surrounded by NP’s and nursing staff who are as passionate about caring for families as I am. I have two young boys, 3 years old and 7 months old, who remind me to appreciate the little things in life. I am married to a pharmacist and love that we can empathize with each other at the end of the day. 

    I am so glad that I was introduced to this group. I am really proud of the changes that WCAPN has made in the last 3 years. I feel that Wyoming APRN’s are finally getting a full-time association that has value and meaningful benefits for its members. I am excited for the future of WCAPN. I am looking forward to continued member services and ways to connect with my colleagues. 
  • 27 Feb 2018 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOCUS & PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH: We are researching a “telehealth” program that is web-based and will allow you to get treatment from the comfort of your home. Patients will work with a speech-language pathologist (talking), a physical therapist (exercise), and a pharmacist (medication) through a computer.

    WHAT WILL HAPPEN: Before the telehealth sessions starts, the patient with work with our study coordinator to answer some case history questions. Then the coordinator will measure the patient's starting points for speech, for exercise, and for medication management. This should take about 70 minutes. The study coordinator will then schedule the patient's telehealth appointments with the speech-language pathologist, physical therapist, and pharmacist.

    After the telehealth sessions starts, participants will work with these professionals via their provided computer for about 8 hours each week. This will continue for 8 weeks.

    1.  The speech-language pathologist will provide LSVT-LOUD intervention to keep or restore the patient's speech loudness. During the first 4 weeks, participants will work with the speech-language pathologist for 4 one-hour sessions each week. During the remaining 4 weeks, the speech-language pathologist will meet with the patient for 1 hour each week to monitor their speech practice, and they will have a one-hour exercise homework to complete four times each week.

    2.  The physical therapist will supervise the particpant's Telehealth Exercise Program for 8 weeks. The therapist will meet with the patient via telehealth one time a week and assign homework for them to complete for 2 additional 60 min sessions each week.

    3.  The pharmacist will meet with the patient up to 1 hour each week to discuss their medicine(s).

    After the telehealth sessions ends, the study coordinator will measure the participant's ending point for speech, exercise, and for medication management. This should take about 70 minutes right after and then again 6 months after they complete the telehealth sessions.

    AM I ELIGILBLE TO JOIN THIS RESEARCH? Contact us for details. Participants must be an adult with Parkinson’s disease in Nevada or Wyoming, can follow instructions, and not in a nursing home.

    WHERE WILL THIS STUDY TAKE PLACE? Participants can be in their home or any other place that has an Internet connection. The health care professional will join participants through the weblink on a computer that we will loan to you.

    For more details, contact study coordinator: Kathleen Nagle, LPN, at Kathleen.nagle@unlv.edu or 702-895-1055.
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