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  • 23 Jul 2018 8:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Margaret Easley RN, MSN, FNP-C, President Elect 

    Margaret has always known she wanted to be in the healthcare field specifically nursing and direct patient care. She received her associates in nursing from San Bernardino Valley College in 1979. She continued on and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University – San Bernardino in 1988 while working in a busy hospital in multiple nursing positions at Saint Bernadine Hospital. She went on to continue her education and received her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Southern California in 1994. That same year she became a licensed Family Nurse practitioner where she began practicing in clinics to help families ages birth to death. During her time in Colorado she worked with the National Health Service Corps where she traveled as a nurse practitioner to help out in underserved populations. In 2001, her family moved back to California. She had many different positions within Saint Bernadine Hospital, opening Minute Clinics inside of CVS Pharmacies, Chief Public Health Nursing Officer for San Bernardino County, and various urgent cares in Southern California. She also served as the AANP state Representative for Southern California from 2007-2009. In 2013, she was presented with the opportunity to own her own practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Lander, Wyoming. That year she moved from California to Wyoming in order to serve the rural community and provide care to an underserved area. As the sole practitioner, she sees patients birth to death and everything in between. When she is not in her clinic she is spending time with family, travelling, painting, and shopping.



    Dr. Maria Kidner APRN, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP started her nursing career in 1985 as a CNA in Lander. Her career path includes 13 years of L&D and NICU, a short time (2 years) as a Public Health nurse as she transitioned from RN to NP. He first NP role was a combination of primary care and ER. There she became the first NP to complete ATLS in Wyoming and proceeded to volunteer on the ATLS training team. Dr. Kidner then took those skills to Guyana, South America where she worked educating nurses at St Joseph Hospital and developed mass casualty trauma training for the gas company and airport. Returning home, Dr. Kidner went into cardiology during which time she completed her DNP in 2008. In 2014 she decided to become part of the Duke University team in Rwanda, Africa where she spent a year training nurses and physicians history and physical, cardiac, ER, and leadership skills. After returning home, she remains a part-time instructor for Duke University, and continued to work with her Rwandan colleagues to develop and implement LEAP Leadership. This is a leadership and mentor program developing leadership, engagement, accountability and professionalism skills. Currently, Dr. Kidner is the Director of Whole Health for Peak Wellness Center in Cheyenne where she is developing a new model for primary care and implementing a fully integrative care program. These activities have allowed her to speak locally, nationally and internationally on a variety of topics.  Dr Kidner has been the representative for Wyoming to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners since 2008. She is active in politics, back packing, and has a passion for photography.



  • 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. 

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