JCHC named 2020 community Partner with the University of Wyoming Whitney School of Nursing

Mary Litzel, DON

Litzel and her team selected as community partners for the University of Wyoming School of Nursing

UW award Sept 2020


We are very proud to announce that Johnson County Healthcare Center's department of nursing received the Community Partner of the Year award from the University of Wyoming's Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.

Kimberly Raska-Miller, Pre-Licensure Programs Director for UW school of nursing, wrote the following glowing nomination for JCHC and Mary Litzel:

Glowing Review

"Mary Litzel, Chief Nursing Officer at JCHC is always willing to offer student placements.  Even though a small facility, JCHC is usually the first to say "yes!" to student placements, regularly taking two of our capstone students for the semester.  Staff are always welcoming, and nurses have an incredible knowledge base to share with our students.  The nurses are experts in everything, and students are impressed and amazed by the myriad of patients they see on the Medical/Surgical floor or in the ER on any given day.

The nurses handle each patient adeptly and patiently, explaining thought processes to student nurses, which helps to increase their clinical judgment and critical thinking skills."

Raska Miller continues her praise for JCHC and its nurses:

"Not only do the nurses help educate our students, but they also take the student nurses under their wing by offering housing and engaging students with the community.  The JCHC placement is much more than a clinical experience for our students.

The experience shows our students the importance and need for access to quality healthcare in rural communities, and also shows the power and significance of a commitment to the community.  The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing is very fortunate to have such a strong community partner to help in educating and graduating quality nurses."


Well done JCHC, Nurses and leader, Mary Litzel!

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