New Semester = New Students!


New Student Orientation was a wonderful opportunity for new nursing program students to get excited about the path ahead of them.

The 2020 winter semester has begun, and with it a new cohort of nursing students are welcomed into the college ranks. Each of these new students had the opportunity to attend the New Student Orientation, acquainting them with college officials and faculty members over dinner.


Assistant teaching professor Petr Ruda was eager to meet the students and tell them about Sigma, an organization they will have an opportunity to join later during their stay in the program.


This semester, 63 total students will be starting the nursing program, including 58 females and five males. The average age of these students is 21, and they come from 14 states and 2 countries:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming


Ice breakers helped students become familiar with each other, a group with whom they will undoubtedly become close.

Each of these students is embarking on a journey to learn the Healer’s art that will forever change their lives. The college welcomes them, with faculty eager to stretch their abilities and help them achieve their potential.


Yazmine Tovar, member of the SNA presidency, told her fellow students about the benefits of joining.

Students were introduced to student organizations they are encouraged to join by the clubs’ presidencies, including the Student Nurses Association and Nurses Empowering Women.


Electra Cochran introduced students to the newly formed club: Nurses Empowering Women (NEW). They are excited to inspire a new generation of women helping women.

For students farther through the semester, it was a time to reflect on their journey and marvel at how far they’ve come. Time in the program passes fast, and each student should take this opportunity and use it to its full potential.

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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