ROCK SPRINGS – Two third-semester nursing students at Western Wyoming Community College have received $1,000 scholarships from the Arlene and Louise Wesswick Foundation in recognition of their compassionate treatment of an elderly patient during a recent clinical rotation at Sweetwater Memorial Hospital.
Students Frankie Stephenson and Erin Dayton received the scholarships after Debbie Callas, niece of Louise Wesswick, took notice of the duo’s especially kind and considerate care for Callas’s elderly friend. Callas explained that she believes it is important to recognize people who exhibit such qualities while carrying out their professional responsibilities.
Both Dayton and Stephenson expect to graduate in May and both plan to pursue nursing careers in the local community. Instructor of Nursing Sunny Thomas is Dayton’s clinical instructor; Stephenson’s is Instructor of Nursing Heidi Brown.
WWCC Interim Director of Nursing Kathy Luzmoor commended the students for their demonstration of compassionate care to patients.
“It was not my first experience of hearing how the care students give touches the lives of many,” Luzmoor said. “I was very proud as she described the good care, but more so the caring and the kindness provided by our students to an elderly woman.”