After a 30-year career teaching psychiatric nursing and mentoring students, Dr. Linda Mabey is retiring to expand her clinical practice, where she specializes in trauma treatment, as well as to pursue other interests. Mabey graduated from Idaho State University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She began her career in labor and delivery but soon found her interest in psychiatric mental health nursing. In 1984, she began a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing. She remembers this time of her life fondly and says, “I loved my experience as a master’s student. The opportunity to work one-on-one with patients to improve their functioning was so meaningful— especially as I grew to understand how critical mental health is to overall health.”
After graduation, Mabey taught at Westminster College and later at the University of Utah, where she instructed both undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the art and science of psychiatric nursing. She completed her doctorate of nursing practice from the University of Utah in 2009 and joined the faculty at the BYU College of Nursing in 2011.
In her position at the college, Mabey taught courses on both psychiatric mental health nursing and public and global health nursing. She says, “It was an amazing opportunity to work with students on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Arizona, as well as supervise students in the care of refugees and other at-risk populations.”
While at the university, Mabey also joined with Dr. Julie Valentine and Dr. Leslie Miles in researching the prevalence and characteristics of sexual assault. With students that she mentored in the research process, she presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on their findings. She also assisted in training law enforcement officials on conducting trauma-informed interviewing of sexual assault victims.
After retirement, Mabey looks forward to continuing to work at her private practice, as well as spending more time with her grandchildren. When asked what nursing has meant to her, Mabey replied, “Nursing was a wonderful career choice. It is eminently rewarding to teach bright students, work with incredible faculty and staff, and continue my growth as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. I will be forever grateful to those who mentored me in both nursing and teaching.”