Each year, students in their junior year of the nursing program complete their public and global health clinical. Many travel to foreign countries, some stay in Utah Valley, but all get a feel for a new kind of culture and living situation.
This year, students traveled to Ghana, Ecuador, Taiwan, Finland, Czech Republic, and those staying in Utah had unique experiences working with refugees or individuals in at-risk situations. The 12 students involved with the at-risk program spent their time working with communities and people who have lifestyles that are more prone to complications. They went into schools, medical clinics, the Children’s Justice Center, mental health units, and the prison or jail. They administered to the needs of their patients by starting IVs, assisting with dressing changes, and performing all the clinical skills they have previously learned.
Events throughout the term included teaching kids at Heritage School about STDs, helping with fishing day and a dance festival at Dan Peterson School. Another highlight was the prison fireside, an anticipated event by all. To prepare, the students first researched and analyzed data to find out what some of the at-risk health issues are for these populations. They took that evidence to find out how they can facilitate change and learned that music, hope and religion had a huge impact. They used that information to create a special fireside with music and speakers that brought the spirit and touched lives. Testimonies were shared and strengthened through this event, and all look forward to it next year.
Peggy Anderson and Mike Thomas with the nursing students
“We teach them that we are all God’s children and we all need to be provided health care. The students just stepped up to the plate a provided it.” Peggy Anderson
Although many of the students did go through a bit of culture shock at the beginning, they came out with a new perspective and understanding for those they serve. They administered to their needs without judgment, and provided the best care they could.
Beth Luthy is headed to San Antonio Texas where today she will become a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. This prestigious award is given to those whose scholarly and forward thinking contributions have led to meaningful improvements to healthcare and the Nurse Practitioner role. Beth received a fellowship last summer with the American Academy of Nursing, and this year with the AANP. She has seen numerous developments during the two and a half years she has been working on the project. To qualify for this award, she focused on two areas: clinical practice and policy making. To show there has been a significant influence in those two areas, she conducted studies all over the state of Utah. As part of her work, she also created initiatives, was involved in massive media campaigns and appeared on television to share her findings. Beth has put in significant time and effort, and has shown her overall talent for forward thinking.
Last year, Beth and Lacy Eden were involved with House Bill 221 which centered around immunization education. They informed parents on the effects and benefits of immunization and encouraged all parents to have their children receive vaccinations for school. She was also appointed to the advisory committee on childhood vaccines and has been working with the committee for a year now.
Beth is not the first fellow to come from BYU. Kent Blad and Sabrina Jarvis have also received this fellowship, the highest in the nurse practitioner realm. Sabrina was also one of two who sponsored Beth.
Beth has been a member of the association since 2005 and is humbled to receive this nomination. She said, “It’s cool to have people who mentored and taught me, when I was a student in this program, then turn around and nominate me. It was quite an honor.”
She also received the Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses last October.
Her year consisted of living in the United States, South Korea, and Ghana. Debra Wing was blessed to take a year off working at BYU to spend that time blessing others in Korea. She and her husband were called to serve in South Korea as military relations missionaries. They were especially excited to serve in this calling because they are both retired military personnel.
She had all great things to say about her experience. Through this calling, she and her husband were able to work one on one with many members of the military in South Korea and help them come closer to Christ. They had a variety of assignments during their time there and were involved in implementing different programs to those on the military base. These included the resiliency program, which involved helping families deal with military separation and learning how to stay strong, healthy and active in the church. They worked on reactivating less active members and retaining those recently baptized. They were also involved with the substance abuse program to help those struggling with different addictions and the spouses of those struggling. Much of their time was spent working with these members of the military in a variety of ways. Their days were long but they wanted to spend as much time with the soldiers as they could. Debra and her husband wanted to be sure the soldiers knew they were not just there to teach and preach, but to be a friend. As often as they could, they would spend their lunchtimes at the base to sit and chat with them.
In addition to working with the military, Debra got to use her skills as a nurse to help the missionaries all over Korea. There were elders and sisters with cases of torn toenails, sprained knees, athletes foot, stomach issues, gastroenteritis, skin legions, eyes issues and more. She was the only experienced nurse in any of the Korean missions and so she had a large impact on many missionaries. She also worked at a medical clinic and the American Red Cross where she taught disaster preparedness, emergency evacuation, CPR and advanced first aid and other special programs. Debra and her husband did even more when helping in the community at a local orphanage.
Debra said she saw miracles every day. “It was such a wonderful experience to live the gospel and to be called as a special servant 24 hours a day. Our job was to set an example and work with these people to build their testimonies and strengthen their foundation in the gospel and their families. The spirit you have with you, there is nothing quite like it.”
Only a few weeks after she arrived home from her mission, she traveled to Ghana for the public and global health clinical. They had a great experience there and an excellent group of students to work with. She is grateful for the opportunity she had to serve as a full time missionary and to those who helped her in this journey.
We would like to welcome Kim Helm as the new dean’s executive assistant. Kim was born in Pleasant Grove, Utah and has lived there all of her life. She studied at Utah Valley University and graduated with a degree in hospitality management. Before BYU, she worked at an orthodontist office for 15 years and engineering office for the last 5 and a half years. Kim grew up close to BYU campus and enjoyed being a part of it by attending many events like education week and athletic games. She loves to do anything outdoors; camping, hiking, and all kinds of traveling. In 2013 she had the opportunity to travel to Europe and spent some time in Spain, Greece, and her favorite, Italy. She also loves Zion National Park.
Kim is an only child and grew up with her mother. Together, they cared for Kim’s great grandfather, great aunt and grandparents before they passed. By being able to care for these people for such a long time, she has a great appreciation for nursing and what nurses do for the people they care for. “They put their whole heart and soul into it and it amazes me what they do. The way the nurses took care of my family, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for them.” She is excited to be a part of the BYU College of Nursing and looks forward to future experiences.
We would like to thank Holly Skelton for her 30 years of service to the BYU College of Nursing; 25 of those years as the dean’s executive assistant.