student nurses

First Nursing Broncho Blueprint

The Department of Nursing is featuring its first Broncho Blueprint class in Fall 2021. “Broncho Blueprint in the Office of Undergraduate Studies at UCO provides an early exposure, discipline-based learning experience that gives incoming UCO students professional and personal skills to advance in career readiness and transformative learning so they can be productive, creative, ethical, and engaged citizens.” Twenty-five freshman students interested in pursuing the nursing profession enrolled in this Block 1 course to investigate the scope of the discipline and experience some hands-on applications.  Students met virtually with a nursing panel that included UCO nursing faculty to discuss the wide range of career opportunities available and to share their personal pathways. As seen in the picture, the freshmen students visited the STEM lab and, assisted by faculty volunteers, engaged in dressing changes, nasopharyngeal suctioning, and performing IM injections on the mannikins. They also were introduced to the Sim Man by the Lab Manager Diane Gaston, who gave them a wink and a groan (the mannikin not Diane). The Nursing Department looks forward to participating in the Broncho Blueprint in the coming semesters and assisting UCO freshman students in their decision of pursuing nursing as a profession.

Buddy Broncho made his first appearance in UCO's own newspaper The Vista. It was the October 3, 1932, issue where a Broncho appears wearing a UCO football uniform. He has appeared numerous times throughout the years from local Edmond papers in the 60's to state-wide papers in the 80's. The commissioning of the first ever live mascot appears in UCO's 1979 Bronze Book where Buddy Broncho made his first public appearance at Homecoming. Since that time, Buddy has been a fixture at UCO events and in the hearts of UCO students.