Monthly Archives: October 2018

University Launches SafeWalk Feature on BYU App

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By Quincey Taylor

When I came to BYU, it was the first time that I found myself walking home alone in the dark. I had always had a car when I lived with my parents, so to be all by myself in a new environment was somewhat intimidating, especially as an 18 year old girl. I had an evening class and had to walk across campus every night to my apartment in Helaman Halls. Nothing scary or dangerous ever happened to me, but it would have made a huge difference to feel safe as I was walking to and from class at night.

BYU is one of the safest college campuses in the nation. According to Business Insider, an American business news website, BYU was ranked the number one safest college campus in the nation of 2016.* While number of assaults on BYU campus is low compared to other universities, unfortunate things still happen. It is sometimes difficult for victims to feel there is help in those vulnerable moments.

To address this concern of many BYU students, a team of students on the BYUSA Student Council set out to develop and launch a mobile service to help students feel safer. In the past, students were able to call a Safewalk hotline and be physically escorted home by a police officer. However, it is impossible for officers to walk all 33,000 students home. This feature was created as a “virtual escort” so that each student that wanted to take advantage of this service is able to. Launched during the 2017 fall semester, this app allows the BYU Police Department to monitor your location to ensure you reach your destination safely. It was even featured on Campus Security and Life Safety, a magazine focusing on efforts schools are making to become safer.

Follow these steps to try it out today:





SafeWalk is a new feature on the BYU mobile app. To find it, click “Add Features” and select it from the list. You will need to click “Launch.” I tried it out on a stroll across campus and it was easy to use. It is important to read all the instructions in order to get the best use from the app. You will be asked to confirm your phone number to ensure they have the correct one.








Next, you specify your destination by clicking on the map and setting a pin. Click “Confirm Destination” and your location will begin to be monitored by the BYU Police. You will receive a confirmation text to ensure that it is working.






As you walk, your screen will show a red circle that, if clicked, will call the BYU Police immediately. Please do NOT close the app without ending your Safewalk session or the police will dispatch someone to check on you. Once you have reached your destination, click “I’ve Arrived Safely” to end the Safewalk. You will receive a text stating that your location is no longer being tracked.

Lt. Steven Messick with the BYU Police Department says about the new feature, “I think we live in a time where the need may be just the fact that we’re able to do it, and maybe there’s been a need for a long, long time, for this type of thing. We can do it now, we know how to do it and so why shouldn’t we use that to make BYU a safer place?” So, if you are ever uneasy or even just curious, try it out! You can never be too careful, even on a campus like BYU.


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Peery Film Festival: College Hosts Films for Students


By Quincey Taylor

Starting on Friday, November 2, the BYU College of Nursing is hosting two different films during the Peery Film Festival. Both will be free of charge. It will be a great opportunity for students to get together and support their university, as well as a fun time enjoying high quality films about the medical field.

To start off, there will be a showing of Leave No Trace on Friday, November 2 at 5:45 p.m. at the Varsity Theater. This film received great reviews, including 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. It tells the true story of a father and daughter that lived for four years undetected in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve in Oregon. After being discovered, they must assimilate into normal society, a task made difficult by the veteran father’s PTSD and inability to function around other people. This film is extremely relevant for students to understand the difficulties that veterans, as well as their children, face and how nurses can help as healthcare administrators.

The following week on Tuesday, November 6, the college is hosting a showing of Shout Gladi, Gladi – a  2015 documentary about efforts to help African women suffering with obstetric fistula. It will show at 5:30 in room 1060 of the HBLL. This medical condition, which is caused during childbirth, consists of damage to the bladder that severely inhibits women’s urinary control. An estimated two million women in Africa contract obstetric fistula during labor per year. These women are often rejected by society and live in isolation. This debilitating condition can be completely cured with simple medical procedures, which are easily available in developed countries. The documentary—filmed in Kenya, Malawi, and Sierra Leone and narrated by Meryl Streep—follows the story of nurses who make a push to eradicate the condition and save these distressed women. These women are released not only from a life of bodily suffering, but also reintroduced into society as newly independent individuals.

Both events are free. For other dates and times available check out

DAISY Award Winner: Bret Lyman

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Bret Lyman with award. Photo courtesy of Zak Gowans.

By Quincey Taylor

The DAISY Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1999, by the family of Patrick Barnes. Barnes passed away from complications of an autoimmune disease called Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura at the age of 33. Before he passed, his family saw the dedicated service and kindness offered to him by the nurses responsible for him. After his death, the Barnes family founded DAISY—an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System—to honor their son and express gratitude to exceptional nurses around the world.

The DAISY Award is given to a faculty member at the BYU College of Nursing twice a year. Assistant professor Dr. Bret Lyman was nominated and selected to receive the award this fall semester. He teaches the capstone course and the undergraduate ethics course. Students are profoundly impacted by his dedication to truly learning the Healer’s art and teaching that to his pupils.

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Bret Lyman and his family. Photo courtesy of Zak Gowans.

In the nomination, one student described Lyman as “fully invested in bettering healthcare through both improving the hospital system in his research and molding compassionate nurses in his teaching.” The student told the story of how during their capstone semester, his or her financial aid fell through and he or she became homeless. The student described Lyman’s compassionate service, how he “took the time to listen and was able to connect with the college to find resources so I could finish. This is when I really understood that he cares about the success of his students. Teaching is not just a job for him.”

As this story illustrates, Bret Lyman truly practices the Healer’s art. Lyman finds inspiration from the Savior, and says, “I think when we keep the Master Healer, Jesus Christ, in mind it will keep us grounded. He helps us move past some of our personal imperfections and personal struggles. You know that He is going to be there to help cover that gap between what we can do with our best effort and what needs to be done.”

Watch the video to learn more:

Michael Scott Receives the DAISY In Training Award

By Mindy Longhurst

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The DAISY Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1999, by the family of Patrick Barnes. Barnes died from complications of the auto-immune disease, Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (or ITP,) at the age of 33. Like many families that experience loss, the Barnes family decided to do something positive to honor him. After his death, the Barnes family founded DAISY—an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System—to thank nurses who cared for Barnes and recognize exceptional nurses around the world.

The DAISY In Training Award is given to an extraordinary nursing student twice a year at the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. Michael Scott received this award from the nomination he received. A student says, “Michael is one of the most compassionate people I have met. He shows compassion for his patients as well as for his fellow students. He is always willing to take the time to explain difficult concepts to his peers. Michael is kind to everyone that he meets, and he is always there to cheer you on when you are feeling discouraged. He is very involved in the nursing discipline, and has served in leadership roles in SNA as well as participated in research with faculty. Not only is he intelligent and skilled, but he truly exemplifies the Healer’s art in the way that he interacts with his patients and peers.”

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Scott explains that before he was in the nursing program he was a firefighter and worked as an EMT. He felt like he needed to do more to help his patients, and was inspired one day as he watched nurses love and take care of their patients. He decided that he wanted to become a nurse, so he moved his family across the country to obtain a nursing degree from the College of Nursing.

The journey that Scott has taken to get to this point is incredible. Scott explains, “I was inspired by someone who spoke during General Conference. He spoke about how we should treat people with love and respect. We should treat people the way that their parents would treat them. I now think about this whenever I am with a patient.”

Scott continues to set an example and love those around him in the nursing program and with the patients he interacts with.

Watch our video about Scott earning the DAISY In Training Award:

Riley Mattson Receives the DAISY In Training Award

By Mindy Longhurst

Riley 1 - Edit - IMG_4967Image of Riley Mattson receiving her DAISY In Training Award.

The DAISY Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1999, by the family of Patrick Barnes. Barnes died from complications of the auto-immune disease, Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (or ITP,) at the age of 33. Like many families that experience loss, the Barnes family decided to do something positive to honor him. After his death, the Barnes family founded DAISY—an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System—to thank nurses who cared for Barnes and recognize exceptional nurses around the world.

The DAISY In Training Award is given to an extraordinary nursing student twice a year at the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. Riley received nine nominations for the award by her fellow students. One student says, “Riley is one of the most compassionate and loving people I know. She is consumed with the light of Christ and shares that light with everyone around her. Riley serves others with a pure love every day.” Another student claims, “Riley is one of the nicest girls I know. She has a genuine interest in everyone around her, whether they are patients or fellow students. I was in her clinical group for our pediatric rotation and I remember that after she spent a day in the Neurotrauma unit at Primary Children’s, she told us about how she had cared for a young girl who was in a lot of discomfort and whose family and nurse weren’t working to comfort her. She sat with the patient on the edge of the bed and comforted her, showing care for the patient and also modeling for the patient’s family how to provide reassuring care for the patient. This is just one example of Riley going above and beyond to show love and care for the people she’s surrounded by.”

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Other students explain that she has a “contagious smile” and that her positive attitude is what keeps them going throughout the day. Mattson received the award at the annual scholarly works conference on Monday October 15, 2018. Mattson feels honored to be nominated to receive such an award and continues to look forward and do her best to exemplify Christ in everything she does.

Watch our video about Mattson earning the DAISY In Training Award:

Three Nursing Student Experiences with Ohio Internship

By Mindy Longhurst

all threeImage of Christin Hickman, James Reinhardt and Cortney Welch at The Ohio State University. Image courtesy of Hickman.

Three College of Nursing students were able to research with some of the best mentors in the field of cancer research this summer with The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC). The experiences that they had this summer were once in a lifetime (to learn more about how they received the internship opportunity read our previous article Christin Hickman, Cortney Welch and James Reinhardt were able to work with a team of fellow researchers on a certain topic about cancer or cancer-related research. The team that they worked with involved a statistician, a PhD supervisor and a few other research students. In Ohio, a study was conducted that focused on a wide range of health topics, from this information each of the students focused on one aspect of the questionnaire for possible correlations. Following the summer’s research, they worked on publishing an article about their research and presented to a room full of PhD professors on their research findings.

templeImage of Christin Hickman and others at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Columbus, Ohio temple. Image courtesy of Welch.

Christin’s experience

Christin Hickman, a fourth semester nursing student, wanted to participate in this internship experience to see if she wanted to do research full-time in the future. During this time, Hickman focused on colorectal cancer, which is a very preventable form of cancer through regular colonoscopy screenings. Hickman was able to see if there was a difference in knowledge and awareness of colorectal screening rates for those who live in urban areas versus rural areas. Through studying and research, she discovered that in Ohio there is little difference in the knowledge and amount of screenings in rural versus urban participants. The experiences that she had in Ohio helped her to prepare for the future and understand more about how research works. Hickman explains, “This experience helped me to secure my destiny. It feels like research is really what I want to do with my life.” In the future Hickman wants to study more about precision medicine and genetic research.

cortney welch with posterImage of Cortney Welch with her poster that was presented to PhD professors of her research findings. Image courtesy of Welch.

Cortney’s experience

Third semester nursing student, Cortney Welch, enjoyed her time in Ohio. She was able to research if there was a correlation in social cohesion in communities and colorectal cancer screenings. By the end of the summer, she was able to conclude that there is not a correlation in social cohesion in communities and colorectal cancer screenings. Along with the research, Welch was also able to work in a blood sample lab for patients who are using clinical trials for cancer treatment. She was able to help centrifuge, aliquoted blood and labeled the blood samples. Welch loved the experience that she received in both research labs. Welch says, “The internship was a growing experience. When I came home from the internship, I felt accomplished that I had experienced my first taste of a full-time job. I had learned how to do research, how to write a paper. I felt like it was a great use of my summer. It was hard and it was frustrating at times and tedious but I think it was well worth my time. I learned a lot.”

all three with HimesImage of Hickman, Reinhardt and Welch with assistant professor Dr. Deborah Himes. Image courtesy of Hickman.

James’ experience

James Reinhardt, a fourth semester nursing student, was able to focus his research on preventing cancer through a research study on men’s overall health. He studied at-risk participants on how they rated their health. Reinhardt tried to understand why some men would rate their health as poor. Since many of the participants did not take the survey throughout the intervention process, it was very difficult for Reinhardt to come to any conclusion about why these men rated their health as low. However, throughout the process in Ohio, Reinhardt learned many lessons. Reinhardt expounds, “I hopefully will be able to better see road blocks in future research projects. My overall experience was great! We did get to work along with medical students and students from different schools so that was a cool mix to be in. I got to learn how research is vital.”

Overall, the College of Nursing students had a great experience in Ohio. They were able to learn and grow to become better nurses. They are now taking the skills that they learned in Ohio and are implementing them into their current nursing studies.

Eye-Opening Student Refugee Experience


Student Sidney Pratt with refugee family she cared for. Photo courtesy of Pratt.

By Quincey Taylor

You own a bakery. It is just you, your spouse, and your two children. Each night a threatening barrage of gunfire keeps you awake. Walking the streets has become too dangerous, even during daylight. Then, miracle of miracles, you and your family manage to escape the terrors and reach a different country. You leave behind most of your belongings and use most of your money on a flight. You are so grateful and happy to finally be safe, but to your dismay the troubles are not over. Rather than gunfire, now there is a seemingly infinite number of papers to fill out and questions to answer. They are extremely difficult for anyone to answer, let alone someone who has just gone through a traumatic experience. You do not know the language. You are suffering from crippling PTSD and depression. It seems like such a long road to travel before your life will be normal again.

This story is a sad reality for the millions of refugees all over the world. Each year, more people are displaced from their homes due to violence and tyranny. For nursing students everywhere, it is crucial to learn more about these populations that they will undoubtedly encounter. To prepare the students at BYU College of Nursing, associate teaching professor Debra Mills teaches a refugee and immigrant education course each winter semester. As part of their spring practicum in June, nine students attended the three day North American Refugee Health Conference in Portland. Students had their eyes opened to the many difficulties refugees encounter and how nurses, as health providers, can be sensitive to their needs.

The conference was open to anyone who wanted to learn how to help refugees in their community. Students mingled with social workers, refugee resource managers, mental health workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers, physicians that work in refugee clinics, as well as refugees themselves. They heard inspiring speakers that had fled their own homes and come to the United States seeking refuge.

Nurses need to have their horizons widened and be aware of the cultural differences that they might encounter in the medical field. For example, if a woman from Sudan comes to the hospital to be treated, a male nurse cannot treat her because that is against her cultural beliefs. Mills commented on the experience, “We need, if we’re going to be healthcare providers, an understanding that not everybody has the same way of dealing with health, of dealing with illness.” She added, “It’s amazing to see how similar we all are. Everyone is one of God’s children. Some of our brothers and sisters, by no choice of their own, suffer violence, tyranny, lack of food, lack of resources, lack of shelter. We need to help them.”

Refugees face a multitude of challenges upon entering a new country. They must find a job without knowing the national language. They might have previous injuries or illnesses. Maybe they came from a country with free healthcare, but now they are expected to pay for it. Children learn the language much faster than their parents and often become the translator, taking on a bigger responsibility than their age usually permits. Families often feel that they have lost their culture. In some cases, they do not want to be here, but for safety reasons they have been uprooted to a foreign land they do not identify with.

Sidney Pratt, a student who attended the conference, described it by saying, “Not only did it show the many different options of resources we have but it also showed me a sliver of what a refugee has to go through to come over to the United States. Knowing this helps nurses to better treat patients in a holistic manner.” Students who sign up for the course get to experience foreign foods, clothing, traditions, as well as help a local refugee family. Mills thought the experience was extremely valuable for her pupils and hopes to return to the conference next year.