Love is in the air

Can you feel the love? Valentine’s Day is here and love is in the air at the BYU College of Nursing. Meet two couples that are showing their love in the nursing program.

David and Amanda Speth married after they met at the college and have spent most of their time in the program married.

Assistant teaching professor Gaye Ray remembers noticing Amanda and David spending quite a bit a time together after they met each other in her N294 class.

“I remember going home about half-way through the semester and telling my husband about a boy and girl in my class spending a lot of time together,” she says. “I told him I though they were pretty interested in each other and how fun it would be if they got married.” Sure enough, things went from there and the Speths got married.

Although they didn’t meet in the program, David and Chalese Adams have gone through the entire nursing program as a couple. They have had the same classes, clinicals and they’ve even been able to share the same books.

While other couples might like to get away from school and work when they come home, the Speths and the Adams’ find that nursing is something that stays with them wherever they go.

“Our conversations always lead back to nursing, a nursing concept or like bodily functions or something,” says David Adams. “It’s just stuff we would never talk about if we weren’t both in nursing.”

Even though nursing dominates most of their conversations, both couples feel it helps them understand each other and wouldn’t have it any other way.

“If I was in a different major I don’t think I would be able to understand at all what she was talking about,” David Speth says (BS ’15). “That would be totally true for me too if I was in a different major,” Amanda continues. “It’s just helpful to know that my husband has been through it and understands what I’m going through. It helps me know that I can get through nursing school and be fine.”

The married nurses are also able to understand each other better emotionally, especially when they have a hard time in clinicals. “If I see something that’s really sad it’s nice to be able to talk to Chalese because she understands it and just went through the same thing,” David Adams says.

Both couples are excited to be moving forward both in school and their careers. They know being married as nurses has its challenges, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

These are just two couples from the College of Nursing. Add a comment below and let us know if you dated or even married a nurse, as well as how nursing benefited or strengthened your relationship.

Published by BYU Nursing

Guided by the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we exemplify the Healer’s art by: leading with faith and integrity; advancing the science of nursing and healthcare; promoting health and wellness; alleviating suffering; and serving individuals, families, and communities. The mission of the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University is to learn the Healer’s art and go forth to serve.

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