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ReNEW: Wyoming’s Answer to Academic Progression in Nursing

Anderson, Jennifer; Wells, Kathy; Mather, Charlotte; Burman, Mary E.

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000207

AIM The aim of the study was to describe Wyoming’s approach to academic progression and its projected impact. The collaborative process used to develop the shared statewide BSN curriculum is described along with recommendations.

BACKGROUND Successful educational models that address the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that 80 percent of RNs have a baccalaureate degree by 2020 face numerous challenges, especially in rural states.

METHOD ReNEW (Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming) is a creative solution designed to decrease barriers to BSN education and increase motivation through a streamlined shared curriculum building on a strong community college system and the state's one BSN program.

CONCLUSION Guiding principles, especially addressing the value of both ADN and BSN education, broad-based coalition development and maintenance, statewide structure, and ongoing funding, were keys to success.

About the Authors Jennifer Anderson, MS, RN, is former director of nursing, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Kathy Wells, DNP, MS, RN, CCNE, is vice president for academic affairs and professor, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, Wyoming. Charlotte Mather, MBA, RN, FACHE, is chief nursing officer, Sheridan Memorial Hospital, Sheridan, Wyoming. Mary E. Burman, PhD, RN, is dean and professor, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

The authors are grateful to Dr. Christine Tanner, from OCNE, who served as consultant to ReNEW in the first two years of development.

For more information, contact Dr. Burman at

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2017 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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