US Nursing: Wyoming

US nurses will read that originally the state was to be formed from portions of the Dakota, Utah and Idaho territories.

The name Wyoming was adopted from two Delaware Indian words, MECHEWEAMI-ING. To the Indians it meant “at the big plains,” or “on the great plain,” both are very appropriate for Wyoming.

1Nurses in Wyoming live at a high altitude. It has the second highest mean elevation in the United States at 6,700 feet above sea level. The climate is semiarid, but because of its topographical diversity, it is also varied. Annual precipitation varies from as little as five inches to as much as 45 inches a year, some in the form of rain and some in snow.


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