For Matt Anderson, his family is his biggest priority. Photo courtesy of Anderson.
By Quincey Taylor
Welcoming new faces to the BYU College of Nursing faculty is an opportunity to learn from people that have had different life experiences and offer new insights. The college recently welcomed assistant teaching professor Matthew Anderson to the fold.
Anderson (BS ’13) previously worked for the University of Utah in the Resource ICU, which included Burn trauma ICU, Huntsman ICU, Neuro Critical Care, Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, and CVICU. He also had the opportunity to work in the Emergency Department and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the U. As a nurse practitioner, he worked in Adult Congenital Heart Disease for the University of Utah.
To introduce him, here are some questions he answered to let us know a little more about him and his eagerness to join BYU faculty:
What inspired you to apply to teach at the college?
I have long had a love of learning and teaching. I had long wanted to be an educator but also wanted to work in healthcare. I realized as a youth that I would be a teacher to my family no matter what my profession was.
As time went on I realized I could combine both my interest in healthcare and my interest in teaching. As a nurse I can impact individual patients but as an educator I can hopefully positively influence many future nurses that will impact hundreds to thousands of patients. Working at BYU combines my love of the gospel with my love for caring for individuals in healthcare. I could not see myself teaching nursing in any other context.
What will you be teaching?
I’m not sure yet, I look forward to finding out. I have a passion for mentorship and helping others reach their goals. I think that I will be teaching a class in capstone on resume and interview skills. Apart from that I’m not entirely sure. I was going to go to Ecuador for the study abroad but this was canceled due to concerns with COVID-19.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to be with my family. I am married and have 5 children (4 boys and 1 girl, ages 7 to newborn). I enjoy playing board games and really any active sport (Basketball, soccer, tennis, pickle ball are some of the more regulars). I also enjoy paintballing and being in the outdoors.
Anderson and his family recently welcomed their newest member of the family, a healthy baby boy! Photo courtesy of Anderson.
What would you like to say to the students and other faculty as you join the organization?
I feel incredibly honored, humbled, and blessed to be joining the faculty of the nursing program at Brigham Young University. Attending the nursing program at BYU was one of the choicest experiences of my life. I hope to be able to help students along their quest for perfection and eternal life as we learn together the Healer’s art. Don’t forget that behind every door is a story.
We are incredibly excited to have Anderson join the college and look forward to learning from his life’s experiences, an addition that will undoubtedly bring enlightenment to all.