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  • 17 Oct 2018 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WCAPN Announces New President-elect and Directors to board

    The Wyoming Council for Advanced Practice Nurses (WCAPN) membership elected Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, an emergency nurse practitioner at Crook County Medical Services District and assistant professor at the University of South Alabama as president-elect of the WCAPN Board of Directors. Dr. Davis will assume the presidency on October 5, 2019, leading the statewide membership organization whose strategic focus is to promote advanced practice nursing in the state of Wyoming.

    Dr. Davis developed the Emergency Nurse Practitioner specialty program at the University of South Alabama. As a distance faculty member, he now serves as the Emergency Nurse Practitioner specialty coordinator for the University. In addition to directing the emergency nurse practitioner specialty, he teaches the residency courses for candidates working toward the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Dr. Davis also currently serves as the Wyoming State Representative for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.

    Dr. Davis holds a doctorate in nursing practice and master’s degree in advanced practice nursing from the University of South Alabama School of Nursing. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing. He is triple board-certified as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

    The WCAPN membership also elected Amy Gruwell, FNP-C, to serve a two-year term as secretary, Brandon Bennion, DNP, F. VP-BC, to serve a two-year term as director at large, and Angelia D. Lomu, MSN, FNP-C, to serve a two-year term as director at large.

  • 11 Oct 2018 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to present members with new WCAPN apparel!

    Apparel will be available for purchase at the 2018 Advanced Practice Forum & online.

    Order Products Online

  • 10 Oct 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2019 AANP State Award for Excellence Nominations 

    Deadline is Wednesday, October 10th - 5:00 PM

    Nominate a deserving nurse practitioner (NP) or NP advocate today for an AANP State Award for Excellence!

    The deadline to submit a nomination form is Wednesday, October 10, at 5:00 p.m. C.T.

    To be considered for the 2019 awards, nominations must be submitted electronically to AANP using the official State Award Nomination Form.

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to nominate deserving NPs and advocates.

    Note: You must be a current individual AANP member to nominate a candidate for a state award; however, the nominee does not have to be an AANP member.

  • 23 Jul 2018 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Women & Heart Disease: An Evidence-Based Update

    Live Webinar | July 25 | 1:00 p.m. EDT


    1. Summarize the pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease (IHD) in women.
    2. Describe both the common and atypical presentations of IHD in women.
    3. Explain an appropriate diagnostic approach for evaluating women with IHD.
    4. Design a comprehensive treatment plan for women with IHD.
    5. Formulate a pharmacologic treatment plan for women with IHD.

    Keynote Speaker:

    Natalie Murphy, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, is the interim associate dean for academic programs and an associate teaching professor and coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner track at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Her current research and clinical interests are focused on cardiovascular health in women. 

    Register Today!

  • 23 Jul 2018 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Posted by  Sheena Rice-Missouri  July 11th, 2018

    Nursing homes hoping to provide the best care to their residents need to budget for hiring advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) to work full time, according to new research.

    The new study, which appears in the  Journal of American Medical DirectorsAssociation , finds significant evidence that APRNs have a positive effect on improving outcomes for nursing home residents.

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  • 23 Jul 2018 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With over 5000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in attendance, it was empowering and somewhat overwhelming to be surrounded by so many NPs in one location. Keynote speaker was Rear Admiral Susan Orsega of the U.S. Public Health Service, who discussed NPs contribution to the culture of practice in the U.S. health care system. The 6 days were packed with over 300 sessions offering continuing education and 40 skill workshops and running each day from early morning well into the evening. This year included new Rapid Fire Presentations which were 20 minute short bursts of high quality information. Utilizing the AANP mobile app was a great way to track individual schedules, find maps of the Convention Center, receive messages and complete session evaluations immediately after completion of sessions. The app also allowed attendees to keep a running total of CEs with a breakout of pharmacology hours.  

    WCAPN board member Alicia LePard MSN, MBA, APRN, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP was inducted as a new Fellow of AANP, the only new fellow from the state of Wyoming.  Alicia joins an elite group of NPs, including Mary Behrens, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP; Dr. Mary Burman, PhD, FAANP; Dr. Ann Marie Hart, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP; and Dr. Maria Kidner DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP our Wyoming AANP Representative. Application for fellowship in AANP is a rigorous, and reserved for high achievers in the profession.  Congratulations Alicia!

    With the State Award of Excellence, AANP also recognizes an NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice as well as an NP Advocate who has made a significant contribution towards increased awareness and acceptance of NPs. This year they chose to celebrate Wyoming NP clinician Mary Cox, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC and NP Advocate Mary Behrens, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP.  Congratulations ladies!

    AANP also unveiled a new public awareness campaign, “We Choose NPs”.  Watch for these ads on national TV feeds and on radios in key markets. These spots highlight the NP role in Primary care and the importance of patient choice in their health care provider. 

    Upcoming AANP conferences include: Health Policy, February 3 rd through 5 th 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington D.C., and the 2019 National Conference held June 18 ththrough the 23 rd at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.  

  • 23 Jul 2018 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 23 Jul 2018 8:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New!! Smartphone app made specially for WCAPN Members!

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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. 

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