Posted at 12:31 p.m., March 25, 2015

Campus wellness center welcomes new daytime RN

The services of a daytime registered nurse are now available in the campus wellness office on the Laramie County Community College main campus.

On Jan. 15, the campus welcomed nurse Sheri Prince on board to help meet the needs of students with injuries, illness and other medical concerns. She is available Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon–3 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. in the campus wellness office, in the College Community Building, Room 129. The contact number is 307-778-4397, but if no one answers, students are encouraged to leave a message.
Prince has both an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, as well as more than 20 years of nursing experience. She has worked in many different nursing fields, including public health clinics, radiology, operating rooms and a nursing home, to name a few.

Prince said she is “excited to pioneer this brand-new position. This is a privilege, and I am looking forward to helping develop the policies and procedures.”

In addition to tending to patients’ illnesses and injuries, she will carry out several other duties. She will help educate students with health counseling and education, set up referrals for situations beyond her scope of practice, help with the Tuesday night clinics and with student volunteers in the health care programs. In the future, she said she is hopeful about being able to help conduct health seminars for the students.

Once a week not enough

This is seen as a big help to the students on campus, as the only prior medical professional was available during a short window on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. Although the campus had an experienced doctor from the University of Wyoming family practice clinic, the once a week availability just was not enough to meet the demands of the students. If students were ill or injured and it wasn’t a Tuesday night, they would have to wait quite a long time for assistance if they did not have the ability or means to visit an outside doctor or clinic.

The coordinator for the counseling and campus wellness center, Mitch Gerharter, said he is also excited about the addition of Prince to the staffing. He said he felt this is a great opportunity and is looking forward to what other opportunities this will bring to the program.
“Sheri is really making this her own day by day,” he said. He also said that Deborah Ambroso, administrative assistant in the student life office, “has been instrumental in bringing this program to life. She has overseen the Tuesday night clinic since it launched.”

Gerharter said hiring a daytime RN was a group decision between the wellness department and the UW family practice clinic. They saw the need from the students and had the money allocated toward this.
LCCC students pay a health and wellness fee that covers the on-campus nurse.

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