Homecoming happenings

IMG_20141018_100128782The College of Nursing premiered a fun, creative float in the university-wide parade, heard from one of the college’s most recognized alumni and participated in a service project during homecoming week.

Zoe Lulla, nursing student and president of the BYU chapter of the Student Nurses Association helped organize and create the “Up” themed float with her fellow club members. Their hard work and creativity paid off as they earned the Pioneer Award for best themed float.

“We wanted to show the BYU community that what we are learning in the BYU College of Nursing will benefit healthcare everywhere,” said Lulla. “The things we are learning in school will take healthcare to new heights, and improve it in many ways.”

The float featured a hospital with balloons pulling the structure upwards. It also included its very own Mr. Frederickson (who was actually College of Nursing faculty James Kohl).

The college also had the privilege of hearing from Susie Kochevar (BS ’87). She addressed the college, speaking about the importance of learning from every experience, and transferring that knowledge into new experiences. Kochevar has an impressive resume, which includes flying in helicopters and instructing Special Forces military personnel. She also developed a curriculum for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and instructed U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen, U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, U.S. Army 18 Delta, CIA, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security personnel.

About 20 years ago, Kochevar worked in the emergency room and hired Stacie Hunsaker, now assistant professor at the College of Nursing. Hunsaker remembers Kochevar as one of her mentors. “Susie is a good example of hard work, optimism, empathy and intelligence” she said. “She is always willing to teach, and she is always confident in her work.”

Every year, alumni, faculty, students and friends of the College of Nursing also come together to assemble hygiene kits to send to various locations around the world with the students enrolled in the clinical practicum for the public and global health nursing course.

This year, the group assembled 405 newborn kits, 1605 dental hygiene kits, 55 personal hygiene kits, 200 first-aid kits, 30 home hygiene kits and 30 adult fleece blankets.

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