Utah Targeted Recommendations in Support of Long-term Care Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic (as submitted to Gov. Gary Herbert on 05/18/20)

Authors: Corinna Trujillo Tanner PhD, MSN, RN; Linda S. Edelman PhD, MPhil, RN; Nanci McLeskey DNP, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, CHPN, FNGNA

The SARS COV 2 virus creates the potential for the perfect storm in Long Term Care facilities (LTC) where groups of vulnerable people live in congregant settings and a highly transmissible virus that can spread asymptomatically between residents and staff caregivers, collide. Atypical presentation of symptoms among LTC residents is common and makes surveillance and identification of new cases of COVID-19 difficult (1-3). A failure to aggressively address these issues now could result in high costs related to COVID-19 treatment and management, and LTC facilities could become a reservoir of SARS COV-2 which could accelerate a second wave of the pandemic. As nurses with clinical, educational and research expertise in gerontology, we are aware of the need for ongoing resources to support LTC facilities at this time, and are extremely concerned about the long term physical, psychological and emotional  impact of the pandemic on LTC residents.

We are advocating for enhanced support for LTC facilities so that they can fully meet the demands of the pandemic, provide person-centered care for all residents and compassionate care for those at end of life (EOL).

 We respectfully submit recommendations in the following areas:

1. Social Isolation, Dignity, and End of Life Care

LTC facilities differ from other health care settings in that complex medical care is provided in a congregant setting that is also the resident’s home. The current physical distancing policies banning visitors affect all LTC residents, with or without COVID-19. This has created an environment in which residents, many of whom have cognitive deficits, can no longer visit their loved ones face to face, and compounds all of the risks and suffering commonly known to be associated with social isolation, including loneliness, grief, anxiety, depression, declining health and mortality. For those in LTC for rehabilitation, a connection with their prior life is often key to their recovery. Addressing social isolation and access to supportive resources is just as critical at the End of Life (EOL). We must act decisively to abate these negative outcomes and human suffering among LTC residents.

Our Recommendations:

All residents:

  • While maintaining restrictions, LTC staff should assist residents, and families with communicating virtually, or at a window, and create individualized care plans that focus on addressing in-person visits and comfort measures.  
  • Provide residents with support and technology to communicate with each other and with family members.

Residents at EOL

  • Hospice team members (nurses, social workers, chaplains) should oversee the care of dying residents.  This essential care will greatly reduce the caregiving demands on LTC staff during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
  • For many LTC residents and especially those at EOL, COVID-19 testing is often not compatible with their goals of care. Once COVID-19 becomes widespread within a LTC facility, these individuals, can choose to receive palliative care, and testing can be delayed until after death.
  • Patients with a terminal prognosis of 6-months or less should continue to be offered a referral to hospice care or receive an individualized plan of care to address EOL symptom management, social and spiritual support and compassionate comfort care. Encourage LTC facilities to follow the recommendations in the attached article for EOL care planning, comfort care and adequate staffing support to deal with respiratory failure and other symptoms and complications at EOL (4) https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20200330.141866/full/
  • Provide individualized comfort care to all residents who choose not to be transferred to the hospital and remain in their facility.
  • When possible, assist in transferring terminally ill and dying residents through a hospice referral to receive care at home

2. Testing

Current Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines require LTC to report positive COVID-19 cases to the state, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), residents and family (4). The CDC has established four key principles regarding test-based prevention: 1) Testing should be in addition to infection prevention and control measures; 2) Testing should be used when results will lead to infection control and prevention actions; 3) A point-prevalence survey of all residents and health care providers in the facility should be the first step.  Currently, the Utah Department of Health is testing all staff for COVID-19. However, there are delays and significant under-testing of nursing home residents, particularly in rural areas. Some LTC are electing not to engage in widespread testing, leading to underreporting and this has contributed to the undetected spread of the disease in some facilities.

Our Recommendations:

  • Require, and provide, testing kits, PPE, and staff to prioritize comprehensive, widespread and frequent testing of direct care staff and nursing home residents.
  • Provide comprehensive contact tracing of all positive nursing home cases.
  • Prioritize antibody testing for nursing home staff as it becomes available.
  • Prioritize rapid COVID-19 testing for nursing home staff as it becomes available

3. Infection Prevention

Infection prevention is the single most protective measure a facility can provide its residents. A robust infection prevention program is imperative for NH facilities. COVID-19 infection prevention guidelines require that nursing home staff wear masks the entire time they are in the facility and that residents wear masks in the presence of staff. Full PPE including face mask, face shield, gowns and gloves is required for all staff when working with any residents in a LTC facility where COVID-19 is present. Further, full PPE including face mask, face shield, gowns and gloves should be utilized during all invasive procedures including replacement of tracheotomy or nasogastric tubes. Nursing homes continue to struggle to access sufficient PPE, including N95 masks and gowns. State support is needed both in the procurement and distribution of essential supplies.

Our Recommendations:

  • Give the highest priority to nursing homes and assisted living facilities when distributing PPE and supplies.
  • Provide support including Fit testing kits and Fit testing staff to LTC to ensure proper Fit testing of all nursing home employees per OSHA standards.
  • Continue “train the trainer” support for fit testing, donning and doffing of PPE.
  • Establish COVID-19 strike teams, focusing on infection prevention training, especially at facilities that have a history of deficiencies in the area of infection prevention. These facilities should be carefully monitored.
  • Hire a full-time RN infection prevention nurse to work in consultation with Nursing Homes to provide guidance on best policies for specific LTC facilities.
  • Provide vigilant monitoring of staff providing care, including daily temperatures and monitoring of symptoms.

4. Staffing

Minimum state staffing levels are insufficient to provide adequate care for COVID-19 positive LTC residents. Each resident requires extra time for bathing, feeding and social support exceeding usual care standards. Additional staff are needed to meet the psychosocial needs of residents who, due to infection control precautions, are socially isolated, with no family or friend visits, little to no peer interaction, in solitary loneliness, which in itself poses tremendous health risks. Compounding the stress of the need for increased care, LTC facilities are experiencing high levels of absenteeism due to illness. Therefore, additional actions must be taken to support staffing adequacy in nursing homes. State strike force teams should be assembled with the goal of providing immediate support to nursing homes requiring additional staffing as has been done in other states (5).

Our recommendations:

  • Require all nursing homes to meet minimum state mandated staffing levels on a daily basis and ensure minimum staffing levels are adhered to through comprehensive monitoring.
  • Halt admissions to all nursing homes failing to meet minimum state staffing guidelines.
  • Establish a state-wide strike team of nurses, dietitians, advanced practice clinicians (Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants), and other experts ready to support staffing needs of affected facilities.
  • Explore options for families to serve as paid caregivers in home or in collaboration with adult day health or other programs.
  • Continue to Permit individuals who have completed their education as registered nurses to function as staff in LTC while awaiting licensure.

5. Support for LTC Staff

Resources needed to provide COVID-19 care will quickly exhaust the financial means of many long term care providers, as nursing homes who previously were supported by short-term Medicare rehabilitation money will be nearly exclusively dependent on Medicaid funding.

Support for healthcare staff has largely been focused on acute care hospitals. Focus needs to shift to long-term care as nearly half of COVID-19 related deaths in Utah have occurred, and may continue to occur among LTC patients.

Our Recommendations:

  • Provide paid leave for staff who are sick.
  • Provide housing and/or transportation options that enable nursing home staff to self-isolate from family members.
  • Provide school/child-care options for nursing home staff on the front lines.
  • Provide state support for sick leave for 14 days for all nursing home staff.
  • Establish a fund for unexpected expenses related to care of COVID-19 patients including housing costs and other expenses.

6. Support Post-Acute Care Facilities care of COVID-19 patients

Hospitals need to be able to discharge COVID-19 positive adults into long term care institutions. Establishing post-acute care facilities that are able to provide complex care to COVID-19 patients will relieve the burden on Utah hospitals. In short:

  • High quality post-acute care facilities are in desperate need across the state. Nursing homes currently do not have the capacity or training to ensure safe care of these residents. COVID-19 positive hospital discharges to nursing homes will propagate the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and put residents and staff at risk.

*acknowledgements: We are grateful for the contributions of Robert Ence, Executive Director of Utah Commission on Aging, Mat Hansen, Executive Director of Homecare and Hospice Association of Utah; Joan Gallegos, Comagine; Amy Hartman, Solstice Hospice and Home Care; Patricia Ravert, Dean, Brigham Young University College of Nursing; Macie Howard, research assistant

References

 1.Kimball, A., Harfield, K. Arons, M. et al. (April 3, 2020). Asymptomatic and Presymtomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Residents of a Long-Term Care Skilled Nursing Facility – King County, Washington, March 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 69(13): 377-379. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6913e1.htm?mod=article_inline

2. Keeping Nursing Home Residents and Staff Safe in the Era of COVID-19. (Webinar, April 22, 2020). Sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Terry Fulmer, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation, Moderator. A video of the webinar and webinar’s PowerPoint slides are archived at: https://www.nationalacademies.org/event/04-22-2020/keeping-nursing-home-residents-and-staff-safe-in-the-era-of-covid-19-a-webinar

3. Graham, J. (April 23, 2020). Seniors with Covid-19 Show Unusual Signs, Doctors Say. Kaiser Health News. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/23/health/seniors-elderly-coronavirus-symptoms-wellness-partner/index.html

4. Lynn, J. (2020) Getting Ahead of COVID-19 Issues: Dying of Respiratory Failure Outside of the Hospital.  Health Affairs Blog. Retrieved from:

https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20200330.141866/full/

5. Testing for Corona Virus (Covid-19) in Nursing Homes (2020) retrieved from:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/nursing-homes-testing.html

6. Strike Teams to Combat Corona Virus Outbreak (2020). Washington Post. Retrieved from:https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/maryland-forms-strike-teams-to-combat-nursing-home-coronavirus-outbreaks-in/2020/04/07/0792b312-78f5-11ea-a130-df573469f094_story.html).

Healing Others While Healing Yourself: One Student’s Take on Honor Flight

hoff1April 2020 nursing graduate Hannah Brinkerhoff looks back on her Public and Global Health Experience with fondness. She got to participate with her father and grandfather (pictured here) while seven months pregnant. Photo courtesy of Brinkerhoff.

By Quincey Taylor

Veterans are a population with whom all nurses will come in contact during their careers. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 7.6 percent of the U.S. population are veterans, a group which comprises of 18.8 million people. It is so important for nursing students to strive to understand these individuals that have sacrificed so much.

April 2020 nursing graduate Hannah Brinkerhoff had the opportunity to attend 2018’s veteran section of the clinical practicum for the public and global health nursing course. Mentored by teaching professor Dr. Kent Blad, she grew to appreciate not only those that fight for her country but also people in her own family.

Her experience on the Honor Flight gave her new insights into her father’s dedication to serving and allowed her to heal old wounds from when he was gone. Here are her insights into this treasured practice:

How was it to grow up with a father in the military?

My father was a commander in the Navy and served for my entire life. He left in 2002 to serve in the Middle East and served several tours of duty after that in various places including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bahrain. He was gone a total of 7 years of my entire life once you add all his deployments and tours of duty. It was extremely difficult, especially as a teenager to have my father gone. For a long time, I felt a lot of anger towards him for leaving my family. I didn’t understand why he left us and I was hurt. He often missed various school activities and events that meant a lot to me. I remember hoping that he’d magically appear in the audience but every time I looked, he wasn’t there. He missed almost every one of my birthdays from 2002 till 2012. It was very difficult for me and my family.

hoff2Brinkerhoff’s father was gone a lot during her youth. However, she has grown to understand his sacrifice and is very proud of her father’s decision to defend her country’s freedom. Photo courtesy of Brinkerhoff.

However, I always felt extremely proud of him and his work. On my 16th birthday, he sent me a letter from Iraq explaining to me why he left our family to serve our country. He said that he did it because of his love for freedom. He wrote that freedom was one of the most important gifts Heavenly Father has given us and something that we must continually fight for. From his letter, my attitude changed towards him and I began to forgive him for the years of absence and instead valued his service in a way I never had.

Why did you choose to work with veterans for your P&GH?

The moment I heard about the honor flight and the opportunity to learn more about caring for veterans as a student nurse, I wanted to go. I planned on choosing it as my P&GH from my first semester in the nursing program.

I chose it because of my love for my father and for America. I felt that learning about our great veterans and their service was a great honor and as a nurse, I could serve them a little bit better by attending this particular study abroad. I love America and I owe that love to my father who taught me the importance of freedom and defending it. Our veterans are some of the greatest, bravest, and most noble souls I’ve ever met. One can learn a lot from them.

How did Kent’s class help you understand your father better and see him in a different light?

One of the most important things I learned in Kent’s class was about my father. For the first time in my life, I saw how my father’s service affected him. All growing up, I was entirely focused on myself and on my anger towards my father for his service. I was consumed in my own feelings.

Through Kent’s class, I learned that my father’s service was especially hard on him. He had to leave his family, travel to dangerous places on his own, experience the horrors of war, return home to people that did not understand what he’d just experienced and then deal with the side effects, including PTSD. I felt ashamed of myself for my anger that had lasted for years. I healed completely with my dad and saw him as my hero in every way. Our relationship was strengthened in a way I didn’t know was possible.

hoff3The whole family came out to support the Honor Flight. It was a chance to honor their family members that have sacrificed so much. Photo courtesy of Brinkerhoff.

How did Kent’s influence improve your learning experience?

Kent is absolutely incredible and has a love and passion for America and for our veterans that is contagious. Not only is Kent incredibly passionate about America, but he cares deeply about nursing and about his students. Kent incorporates that into every detail of this class and because of that, I learned so much beyond the care of veterans. I gained a greater appreciation for my freedoms and for my country. I became a better, more involved citizen. And I became prepared to care for all kinds of patients, not just veterans.

I would like to thank Kent for being one of the best professors I’ve ever had. He helped me grow in so many ways and facilitated my learning through incredible experiences that I couldn’t have had any other place. He taught me how to heal with my father and I’m so grateful for the things he taught me about America and our great servicemen and women.

What would you say to students who will be working with veterans in the future?

I would tell students that they will be working with veterans no matter where they end up so it is important to become at least somewhat familiar with them and what they stand for. As Kent teaches, “to know them is to care for them better.” As with any population, to truly give compassionate care, it’s imperative to learn of them: their culture, their beliefs, their values, and what they care about. It is because of our veterans and servicemen and women that we as students have the opportunity to study as we do and do so many of the things we take for granted. As nurses, the least we can do is to be prepared to care for them in a personal and loving way.

Who Let the English Major in Here?

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I’ve been a writer for the BYU College of Nursing media team since January 2020.

By Lyndee Johns

This semester, when people asked me where I worked, my finger didn’t (metaphorically) point in the direction of the Harold B. Lee Library, or the Jesse Knight Building, or even the Joseph F. Smith Building—all familiar haunts of the Brigham Young University English major.

I pointed at the Kimball Tower, home of the College of Nursing.

Confused?

The first week I worked here, I was too.

I’m sure my eyes were bugging out of my head when my supervisor Jeff Peery informed me on the first day of my internship that I had three interviews to complete for three articles, one of which was a magazine article due by Friday.

I staggered out of Peery’s office, wondering how badly I needed to take my Professional Writing Internship class.

I had never interviewed anyone before. My medical terminology came from YA novels and the Doctor Strange movie. The brunt of my writing for the past several years had been essays with topics like Hamet’s code of honor or Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point.”

What was I doing here again?

I came back to work the next day armed with interview tips scrounged from Google searches and a notebook, praying not to have twenty minutes of awkward pauses.

But I was pleasantly surprised (and relieved) by the gracious responses I got from my first-ever interviews, Dr. Corinna Tanner and Dr. Peggy Anderson. Anderson even asked me questions about myself because she wanted to learn more about me! I respect both of them so much and I am forever grateful for their patience with the brand-new PR Assistant.

IMG_1336 (2)I quickly came to enjoy doing interviews. Through the student and faculty spotlights I was given the chance to write, I met people with such a strong testimony of the gospel and of service.

I met students who lived for the adrenaline rush of nursing and brought comfort to the dying, who traveled across land and sea, who braved manikins and emergency rooms alike. A couple that refused to let cancer conquer their marriage or their faith. Alumni who helped missionaries in Honduras or climbed above the clouds of Tanzania. Faculty who saw women in prison and came unto them, who went 100 extra miles, whose differences make them better.

All people who would insist that they were ordinary when I saw them as extraordinary.

During my internship, I’ve sat at tables with VAs, grad students, RNs. Listened to Dr. Sandra Rogers, who rose from almost failing her nursing classes to becoming the College of Nursing dean and the BYU international vice president. Sat among nursing students as speakers talked about how to calm vaccination-fearing parents, how to manage their first year as a resident nurse, how to speak up about mistakes that could kill.

Capstones. Clinicals. Simulation labs. 4 a.m. train rides.

Almost four months here and I’m still asking, “How?”

How do you do it all?

I am so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to work for the BYU College of Nursing.

Thank you, College of Nursing faculty, for always being willing to do interviews and for stopping by our desks to say hi.

Thank you, College of Nursing staff, for always greeting me with “Good morning!” as I walked through the door.

Thank you, College of Nursing media team. Thank you, Corbin and Quincey, for answering my constant questions about “How do I WordPress” and “How do I Facebook.” Thank you, Zak, for taking the time to send me screenshots for the “Whatever It Takes” article. Thank you, Mars, for the birthday gift (and the Harry Potter Photoshop picture. I knew I was meant to go to Hogwarts!).

Thank you, College of Nursing, for the nursing program ads that will forever follow me on YouTube now, due to the research I’ve done for articles. (Begone, Provo College! I’m graduating!)

Thank you, College of Nursing, for the chance to witness the dedication, passion, testimonies, and compassion of those who work and study in the Kimball Tower.

Thank you, Jeff Peery, for helping me through my first interview, for reviewing all my articles, for giving me the chance to write. Most of all, thank you for taking a chance on me.

Thank you, everyone, for letting the English major in here.

What does the life of a BYU College of Nursing alum look like?

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BYU nursing alum Bevan Briggs is so grateful for his time at the college. It has completely changed his perspective on nursing! Photo courtesy of Briggs.

By Quincey Taylor

As the interim academic director for Washington State University College of Nursing at WSU Tri-Cities in Spokane, Bevan Briggs (BS ’95) reflects often on his own nursing education. He works hard to make students’ experience great, remembering his time at BYU in the nursing program to guide him. He remembers being with a cohort of incredibly intelligent, caring people that all had similar beliefs and a passion for caring for others. Here is his story and what life looks like for one BYU nursing alum:

What did you first do after graduating from BYU?

After I graduated from BYU, I worked as a RN in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  While I was there, I attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho and earned my MS degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Being a Nurse Practitioner has been my passion for the past 20 years.  After graduating from Idaho State University, we made our way to Richland, Washington (one of the Tri-Cities, Richland, Kennewick, Pasco). I worked as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department and in urgent care clinics.

I have always valued having nurses work at the top of their abilities, so to be able to do that I earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Alabama.  My DNP project dealt with informatics and the project allowed me to make a lot of connections and  gain skills in working with electronic health records and clinical documentation.  For the past several years I worked clinically in an urgent care clinic and also did informatics work for the health system.

In working in Tri-Cities over the past two decades, I have had the opportunity to be the preceptor for many nurse practitioner students from WSU Tri-Cities.  Working as a preceptor put me in touch with faculty and leaders at the College of Nursing and gave me the opportunity to work as an adjunct faculty member to do clinical evaluation of nurse practitioner students.

Eventually, I was approached by the academic director and invited to apply for a clinical assistant professor position with WSU CON.  I worked part time as a faculty member for a couple of years and then took a year off of teaching.

After taking some time off, I was asked to consider returning to WSU Tri-Cities as the academic director.  Over time, my passion has evolved. I love taking care of patients, but I also love helping students learn how to take care of patients.  Being able to figure out how to help students see what is going on with a patient and how they can help the patient is exciting. I love helping health care providers navigate electronic health records easily and utilize the power of the electronic health record to improve their care of patients.  It is particularly rewarding when I can help providers do this quickly so that they can spend more time with their family.

I also maintain a per diem clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinician Informaticist.

How has being a BYU grad influenced your career? Has it ever come up with coworkers?

Being a BYU grad has definitely influenced my career.  The vision of BYU CON is that “Guided by the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we exemplify the Healer’s art.”  Having that gospel focus in my practice has helped me have more patience and empathy with patients. As nurses and nurse practitioners, we take care of people who are sometimes hateful and abusive. We care for patients who have complicated problems like opiate abuse and other difficult issues.  We take care of people who don’t smell very good and who sometimes don’t want to hear what we have to say. It is really easy to get burned out if we don’t have the right perspective.  However, by practicing the Healer’s art – guided by the gospel of Jesus Christ – we can see our patients through His eyes and our hands become His hands.

I love talking to co-workers about BYU CON. Nurses are always comparing experiences from nursing school.  All of us have dealt with the nurses who weren’t helpful at all and we have all had those mentors who really helped us. As for me, I had a lot of those really cool mentors at BYU.

Was there a professor that was particularly influential to you during your time here?

Russ Wilshaw was our critical care instructor. He was an old ICU nurse and he worked in the ED in addition to teaching. He was a crusty sort that knew so much about trauma, disease and taking care of people.  He was by no means warm and fuzzy and he had high expectations that inspired me to do the best that I could.

He taught me to value the experience that comes from working at the bedside.  My very best teachers were the ones that still worked as nurses. In academia, it is easy to get blinded by high academic ideals and forget that what needs to be done is often simple and uncomplicated.  I try to remember that in my teaching and leadership role.

What piece of advice do you have for current BYU nursing students?

Learn to write well! I often complained that every class I took required a research paper.  I found that those papers prepared me so much for future success as a nurse! So many people say “Well, I am not going to ever go back for more school so I don’t need to write.” As a nurse, and even more as a nurse practitioner, the evidence of what you have done as a clinician is what you write down.  If you don’t write well, then your work product does not reflect positively on you. If you don’t write well, the next person to take care of that patient may not understand what you did and what the patient needs.

 

Briggs is an inspiration for students, showing that the path after graduation can be different for everyone. His daughter, Sydney Briggs, is finishing her first semester at the BYU College of Nursing and will graduate in 2022.  Briggs laughs, “The WSU mascot is the cougars. I like to tell people that I am working as a red coug to pay for my blue cougar.”

 

CON Welcomes New Faculty Member Matt Anderson

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For Matt Anderson, his family is his biggest priority. Photo courtesy of Anderson.

By Quincey Taylor

Welcoming new faces to the BYU College of Nursing faculty is an opportunity to learn from people that have had different life experiences and offer new insights. The college recently welcomed assistant teaching professor Matthew Anderson to the fold.

Anderson (BS ’13) previously worked for the University of Utah in the Resource ICU, which included Burn trauma ICU, Huntsman ICU, Neuro Critical Care, Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, and CVICU. He also had the opportunity to work in the Emergency Department and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the U. As a nurse practitioner, he worked in Adult Congenital Heart Disease for the University of Utah.

To introduce him, here are some questions he answered to let us know a little more about him and his eagerness to join BYU faculty:

What inspired you to apply to teach at the college?

I have long had a love of learning and teaching. I had long wanted to be an educator but also wanted to work in healthcare. I realized as a youth that I would be a teacher to my family no matter what my profession was.

As time went on I realized I could combine both my interest in healthcare and my interest in teaching. As a nurse I can impact individual patients but as an educator I can hopefully positively influence many future nurses that will impact hundreds to thousands of patients. Working at BYU combines my love of the gospel with my love for caring for individuals in healthcare. I could not see myself teaching nursing in any other context.

What will you be teaching?

I’m not sure yet, I look forward to finding out. I have a passion for mentorship and helping others reach their goals. I think that I will be teaching a class in capstone on resume and interview skills. Apart from that I’m not entirely sure. I was going to go to Ecuador for the study abroad but this was canceled due to concerns with COVID-19.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to be with my family. I am married and have 5 children (4 boys and 1 girl, ages 7 to newborn). I enjoy playing board games and really any active sport (Basketball, soccer, tennis, pickle ball are some of the more regulars). I also enjoy paintballing and being in the outdoors.

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Anderson and his family recently welcomed their newest member of the family, a healthy baby boy! Photo courtesy of Anderson.

What would you like to say to the students and other faculty as you join the organization?

I feel incredibly honored, humbled, and blessed to be joining the faculty of the nursing program at Brigham Young University. Attending the nursing program at BYU was one of the choicest experiences of my life.  I hope to be able to help students along their quest for perfection and eternal life as we learn together the Healer’s art. Don’t forget that behind every door is a story.

We are incredibly excited to have Anderson join the college and look forward to learning from his life’s experiences, an addition that will undoubtedly bring enlightenment to all.

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