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How to Win Awards and Influence People: Winners of the Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Leader Award

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Image courtesy of Slippery Rock University

By Lyndee Johns

Nurses are known by many names: Healers. Problem-solvers. Learners.

The BYU College of Nursing has an additional name for nurses.

Leaders.

“Phi Kappa Phi at BYU invites all colleges to recognize their outstanding students,” says associate professor Dr. Janelle Macintosh, the BYU College of Nursing representative for the campus’ elite honor society Phi Kappa Phi. “For the College of Nursing, we decided to have it be an emerging leadership [award] as the way we can recognize that outstanding student.”

Undergraduate nursing students that are members of Phi Kappa Phi are eligible for the Emerging Leader award. Nursing students can self-nominate or be nominated by fellow students or faculty. The nominator answers two questions about the student: 1) How does the student contribute to the College of Nursing? and 2) Describe the student’s leadership and characteristics that make him or her an emerging leader in nursing.

A committee reviews the responses and ranks them, and then Macintosh reviews the rankings and calculates the averages. The two highest are then selected for the award.

Six nominations were submitted for the 2020 Emerging Leader award. “It was a hard choice this year,” says Macintosh. “It was really, really hard. I wish we could have awarded everybody, but we did not and could not.”

This year, the winners of the Emerging Leader award are fifth-semester students Camille Mendon and Kayla Sylvester.

What made these two stand out?

According to Macintosh, both students excel at the “formal and informal” aspects of leadership.

“Leadership is not just in SNA (Student Nurses Association) or in some type of formal, I-could-put-it-on-my-resume type of leadership, but leadership is also what your peers think of you and how you engage,” says Macintosh. “It’s those intangibles.”

Mendon’s nominator praised Mendon’s devotion for the SNA and for her work as a TA and an RA but referred to her character as her most impressive feature. “In formal and informal leadership roles, Camie shows selflessness, integrity, compassion, and a commitment to excellence . . . Camie is always mindful of others and makes time for meaningful service. She stays true to her values, consistently gives her best effort, and never compromises on the quality of her work. Even when she does not intend to lead, those around her recognize, respect, and aspire to achieve the standards she is setting.”

Sylvester’s nominator lauded her work ethic and reliability. “Kayla is very detailed in whatever she is asked to do. She sets a great example for her peers in the way she goes about fulfilling her responsibilities as a student and an RA. She is quiet, yet confident and always works to the best of her abilities. She is the type of person you can always rely on to fulfill her part of whatever she is asked to do.  She also constantly seeks out further learning opportunities.”

Both students will receive a $300 scholarship.

Mendon and Sylvester are honored to receive the Emerging Leader award.

“I was still surprised that I was chosen though because there are so many amazing students and leaders among my peers,” says Mendon. “This has encouraged me to continue developing my leadership skills and be actively involved in whatever I do in the future; in nursing and otherwise.”

“It means a lot to me to have won this award,” says Sylvester. “I am going to be the first one in my family to graduate from college, so academics have always been something I try to do my best in.”

Macintosh is proud of both students for being such positive representatives of nursing.

“Both of them are amazing women, in this case, who show people and that people notice around them that nursing can be amazing. And nurses should want to change the world and they have the ability to influence other people. I’m so proud of them. They did it.”

College Appreciates its Student Employees

Each year, the BYU campus community designates the last week of March as Student Employee Appreciation Week. The College of Nursing at Brigham Young University benefits significantly from student employees and is pleased to highlight a few of the individuals working in the Spencer W. Kimball Tower.

(Left) Gowans, Moreno, Smith, and Taylor; Johns not pictured.

 

Media Team Members

The college media team members consist of three public relations assistants: Lyndee Johns, Corbin Smith, and Quincey Taylor; and two videographers: Zak Gowans and Marley “Mars” Mareno.

Lyndee Johns is a senior from Vancouver, Washington, and will graduate in April. She is completing an English major with a minor in editing and creative writing. This semester, she has worked for the media team as part of an internship for her capstone editing class. Her supervisor, public relations and communications manager Jeff L. Peery says, “Lyndee’s passion for literature is shown when she can carry a conversation about ANY character in any novel or story. She truly enjoys reading all types of genres.”

For the college, Johns’ skills are demonstrated through various types of writing. During the semester, her portfolio of articles focused on formal research and mentored learning pieces to positive and uplifting student and alumni spotlights. Peery says, “She is a strong writer and produces thoughtful stories that show her ability to tell stories as well as convey vital information.”

Corbin Smith is a junior from Auburn, Washington. He was accepted into BYU’s public relations program this semester and used his employment as a way to enhance and strengthen his education. His abilities include writing unique narratives, engaging with students online through social channels, and being willing to try new things when it comes to planning special events.

“Smith has a contagious smile and outgoing personality that makes him easily relatable,” says Peery. “We sometimes use him for photos or video extras as he is so accommodating to help with any project.”

For example, to promote the annual Night of Nursing events last month, Corbin filmed a message to alumni showing him baking cookies and enjoying a glass of BYU chocolate milk. The shot called for him to miss his lips and spill the liquid down his t-shirt and then exclaim—“My bad!”

Watch the Planned Just for You: Night of Nursing video at https://www.facebook.com/BYUNursing/videos/549921045732960/

“We filmed the scene five times, with each one requiring Corbin to change his shirt,” says Peery. “On the last attempt, he knew it was the last, so he poured the rest of the bottle on himself. It was so fun; we had to use it for the video, instead of the blooper reel.”

Quincey Taylor is a senior from Bentonville, Arkansas, and will graduate in April. She also studies public relations and has enjoyed her four semesters at the college. Her strengths reside in details and event planning. She previously worked for the university alumni office and brought with her the ability to understand alumni relations, organizing special events, and tracking event details.

“Quincey has spent most of her time at BYU understanding how alumni-related tactics are implemented,” says Peery. “Things like nametags, surveys, and event registrations may overwhelm others, but she is familiar with and capable of handling many tasks at a time.”

The college recently started using university alumni chapters to help host Night of Nursing locations. As a coincidence, Quincey’s parents are chapter chairs for the BYU Arkansas Chapter and have hosted events for the past two years. “It was good to see her interact with her parents in this unique way,” says Peery.

Mars Mareno is a senior from Payson, Utah, and will graduate in August. She studies film at BYU and brings a vast knowledge of sound-mixing, lighting, and editing to the college.

“If I had to share a flaw for Mars, it is that she is a perfectionist,” says Peery. “This isn’t a bad thing; in fact, I appreciate her ability to make sure the shots of her videos are framed appropriately, colored-corrected, and lighted accurately.”

An example of her work is the video of Smith (above), as well as another Night of Nursing piece showing how easy it is for alumni to host an event. “We spent four hours of filming to get 40-seconds of footage,” says Peery. “Part of this was due to Mareno’s skill at making sure the details in each scene were perfect before moving to the next shot.”

View the Night of Nursing Broadcast Watch Parties video at https://www.facebook.com/BYUNursing/videos/2844462592276707/

Zak Gowans is a sophomore from Payson, Utah. He was recently accepted in BYU’s film program and is excited to implement the acquired knowledge from his film courses in college projects. A recent video he made for the college was for this year’s “Choose 2 Give” students giving to student scholarship campaign. “The project took more effort than anyone thought at first,” says Peery. “However, the final piece shows the attention to detail that Gowans is known for in his work.”

View the “Whatever it Takes” music video at https://youtu.be/aSQ2jtKaDC8

Gowans is also a master Photoshop user and can color-correct and modify most images if needed. He has been tasked with swapping faces on the college Christmas card (required non-sunglass eyes), add banners to individuals not holding signs in their photographs, as well as compose some beautiful imagery for the college magazine.

Of interest, Gowans was nominated this year for the university’s “Student Employee of the Year” award and was a top-ten finalist for the recognition.

 

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Members of the nursing advisement center staff. Bottom right image: standing center is Anna Hall, with Ashley Mauss on her left, and Madi Reading on her right.

 

Advisement Center Staff

Support in the advisement center comes from two secretaries: Anna Hall and Ashley Mauss; and a student clinical compliance assistant: Madi Reading.

Anna Hall is a senior from Fayetteville, Georgia. In school, her major is public relations, and she was a past company member for BYU’s theatre ballet. As an advisement center secretary, she helps students to understand the admissions requirements for pre-nursing students, to schedule appointments with counselors during their time in the program, and to assist those that are graduating.

“Anna has such a cheerful disposition with the students and is calm and kind when speaking with them,” says advisement center supervisor Cara Wiley.

Before starting employment at the college last year, Hall participated in the Disney College Program and was a cast member in Disney World. She spent time learning about the attractions, food service, event staff, and other areas of the parks.

Ashley Mauss is a senior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and graduates in April. She majors in exercise and wellness, and enjoys playing sports and being active outside.

One of her secretarial duties relates to scholarships. She shares details about named scholarships, works with students to obtain thank you letters for donors, and ensures that students meet the parameters for certain scholarship funds.

“Ashley’s gift is truly being dependable and able to figure out answers on her own. She’s very creative as well,” says Wiley.

According to her husband, one of her creative outlets is sewing and crafting. Before working at the college, Mauss completed a study abroad for six weeks in Portugal.

Madi Reading is a senior from Draper, Utah. Her education is focused on psychology, with a minor in business. As a clinical compliance assistant, Madi helps track student immunizations. She also tracks security documents that allow students to obtain work badges for them to participate in clinical rotations.

“Madi has worked for me the longest. She is so good at working independently and with very little supervision,” says Wiley. “She has a more complex job in working with clinical agencies, and she does it well.”

In her spare time, Reading enjoys hiking, singing, and playing the piano.

 

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College staff and student employees enjoy time together; pictured are individuals for the college’s annual Pioneer Day waffle celebration each July.

 

Dean’s Office Financial Assistants

Financial assistants for the dean’s office include McKay Berndt, Haylee Jameson, Chandler Jensen, and Mason Aydelotte.

Under the direction of assistant dean for resource management Kathy Whitenight, her team supports helping faculty to track their research expenses and funding sources. They help to balance the books each month and ensure the college operates sound financial procedures.

“I am grateful for my student employees, especially during this virus crisis,” says Whitenight. “All of them have been keeping purchasing and the new college financial database operational. We could not keep things running without them!”

McKay Berndt is a junior from Sammamish, Washington. He studies finance at BYU.

When he is not at work or in the Tanner Building doing homework, Berndt enjoys running, participating in intermural sports (he was part of the Frisbee championship last November), wakeboarding, and gathering friends to sing acapella.

Undergraduate program studies secretary Delsa Richards says, “McKay joined our team less than a year ago. His laidback manner will instantly put you at ease while he helps you figure out your financial concerns.”

“McKay can maintain determination in completing accurate documentation and makes sure the details of projects are achieved,” says Whitenight.

Haylee Jameson is a senior from San Diego County. She is in year four of a five-year master’s of accounting program at BYU. As a hobby, she enjoys traveling to new locations to experience the beauty and culture of unique places.

“Haylee is positive and cheerful, no matter the difficult responsibility and complexity of the business challenge,” says Whitenight.

“Haylee has been at the CON the longest out of our financial assistants and knows everything there is to know about our finances,” says Richards. “She speaks fluent German [also her minor], plays guitar and banjo, sings, and dives! Ask her about one of the amazing internship opportunities that she’s attended across the world.”

(Spoiler—since you may not be able to ask her)

Of interest, Jameson recently completed a summer internship for Halloren Schokoladenfabrik—a German chocolate company. Besides helping to balance their books and practicing accounting principles, she was asked to spend time each day on the assembly line “sampling chocolates,” ensuring they met company standards—someone has to do it!

 

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Image representative of Jensen’s shoes (courtesy realmenrealstyle.com)

 

Chandler Jensen is a freshman from Provo, Utah. He is looking to study finance at BYU. For hobbies, Jensen enjoys playing the guitar and reading all types of books.

“Chandler is our newest financial assistant and has quickly become an important part of our office,” says Richards. “He’s a quick learner, intelligent, efficient, wears the coolest shoes, and is just a lot of fun to be around.”

“I’ve noticed that Chandler can powerfully get companies to comply with BYU documents,” says Whitenight.

Mason Aydelotte is a junior from Meridian, Idaho. He is pursuing a master’s of tax degree through the Marriott School of Business. Aydelotte is currently in Los Angeles, completing a finance internship for the Marriott School of Business. He will return shortly.

“Mason is another MACC student who has been in California for an internship this semester, and we’re happy that he’ll be returning this spring,” says Richards. “He is great at implementing new procedures and helping the finances to run smoothly.”

“He has worked tirelessly on the financial database; I hope he is well and able to return [to us] soon,” says Whitenight.

 

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Birthday treats for staff and student employees are an important tradition to observe in the dean’s office suite.

 

Dozens of more student employees help the college. The college’s information technology team consists of three student students; the Mary Jane Rawlinson Geertsen Nursing Learning Center employs two-dozen staff that includes circulation desk clerks, walk-in lab instructors, and simulation teaching assistants; plus numerous research and teaching assistants that work with faculty members assist the College of Nursing.

“Thank you, thank you!! You are a great team, and I could go on and on in praise of your abilities and positive relationships with staff, faculty, and students! You are the best,” says Whitenight.

Overall, the college and its workload could not be completed without the energy and desire to learn that comes from student employees. We appreciate all you do to make our college successful.

BYU to Columbia: A Dream Come True

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6th semester student Abby Anderson is so excited to continue her nursing journey across the country!  Photo courtesy of Anderson.

By Corbin Smith

Our students here at the BYU College of Nursing are incredible. Each one of them consistently inspire us with their work ethic and dedication to learning the Healer’s art. That commitment is obvious for all of us here on campus, in labs and classes. Off campus and even across the nation, our reputation precedes itself thanks to our wonderful students and alumni. This, along with the relentless devotion to realize her dreams, led to one BYU nursing undergrad to an opportunity that comes to only a select few: acceptance into the prestigious Columbia University’s graduate DNP program.

For 6th semester student Abby Anderson, going to Columbia University has been a dream of hers for years. In fact, she knew almost immediately after choosing to study nursing at BYU that Columbia is where she wanted to go for her graduate studies. She even had an “email Columbia” reminder on her phone for over a year to help her remember to keep pushing toward her dream.

As Anderson’s research progressed she fell even more in love with the program and the University. “Columbia has several Collaboration Centers with the World Health Organization and the School of Nursing provides extensive funding for global health research. Being that pediatric nursing is my greatest passion, I knew Columbia was the perfect fit for me,” she says.

It is clear that the impact that Anderson hopes to have is through serving children all over the world. She believes that Columbia University will help her build upon the nursing foundation she constructed during her time at BYU through clinicals and her public and global health nursing course. “No matter where I end up, Columbia University will provide me networking opportunities to help me make an impact on a global scale,” Anderson says. Columbia is an excellent place to further her education and life goals.

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Photo courtesy of Anderson

Anderson, however, was not the only BYU undergraduate student to be accepted into one of Columbia University’s DNP programs. Fellow 6th semester student Alyssa Hildt was accepted into Columbia’s nurse midwifery program. While humbled by the acceptance into Columbia University, Hildt has yet to decide whether she will attend Columbia or the University of Utah for her graduate nursing studies.

That being said, Anderson is ecstatic to pack her bags and start her journey in New York City. “I love the diversity in New York City and I love the rigor of a Columbia education,” she says. “I am excited to expand my horizons, to meet new people, to explore a new city and to impact lives through the field of nursing!”

We all wish you luck, Abby! Go Cougars!

“Understanding the Healer’s Art”: Nursing Student Amy Jensen Presents at BYU Religion Symposium

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Amy Jensen (second row, third from left) with the rest of the presenters at the 2020 BYU Religious Education Student Symposium; Image courtesy of the BYU Religious Education Student Symposium Facebook group

Capstone nursing student Amy Jensen hasn’t just learned the Healer’s art from her time in the nursing program and her job as a patient care tech at Utah Valley Hospital.

She has learned it from the works of the Healer Himself, through the scriptures.

During her time as a religion TA, Jensen learned about the BYU Religious Education Student Symposium. Students can submit research papers centered around gospel topics for consideration, and, if chosen, are invited to present their work at the symposium.

This year, Jensen decided to submit.

“I have a lot of friends that have dealt with, like, really challenging things. Like with mental health, specifically, but I’ve had a couple of friends deal with abuse and trauma, and like just lots of different things that all kind of came on top at once,” says Jensen.

With that, the topic of healing and the Atonement—a meaningful topic to Jensen before and after her mission—resurfaced.

“And so [the topic] just kind of seemed to come back up. And so I decided like last minute that I was going to write this paper and it just came out, so it worked out really well.”

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Jensen poses with fellow TA Danica Nusink at the Student Symposium; Image courtesy of Jensen

Weeks later, she received a pleasant surprise when she found out that her paper was one of thirty to be chosen for the symposium.

Jensen’s paper “Understanding the Healer’s Art” is based on almost two years of research through quotes, conference talks, and the scriptures about the nature of healing and the Savior’s Atonement.

What inspired her research was the trials of investigators that she witnessed during her mission. One woman was going through a particularly difficult time, as she and her kids had to move out of their home to escape abuse from her boyfriend.

While Jensen and her companion attempted to have a lesson with her, Jensen felt their efforts falling short.

“I felt like the Savior had become a Band-Aid,” says Jensen, “Like, ‘Sorry your life sucks. But don’t worry, Jesus loves you. Peace out!’ And I hated that feeling so much. And so I started to study and research it in the scriptures.”

Jensen describes finding the story of Lazarus as “changing [her] whole perspective on the Savior’s love.”

“And in that story, the Savior literally waits to go,” says Jensen. “He essentially allows Lazarus to die with the sole intent to go back and raise him. He knows exactly what He’s doing, and He knows the plan. And there’s a purpose in that.”

However, when the Savior encounters a weeping Mary, He stops. “And it’s like this really special moment where the Savior is literally going to fix her problem. And then realizes that she’s in pain and stops and waits, and cries with her and feels her pain. And then He fixes her problem.”

From the story, Jensen learned that although she couldn’t fix her investigator’s problems, she could help this investigator by grieving with her and showing her that she was there to support her.

Furthermore, Jensen learned an important lesson about the Savior’s healing. “He’s not physically here all the time to cure us of cancer, or take away abuse, or stop mental illness. Like it just doesn’t happen. But He is there with us because He’s experienced it. And He knows exactly what we’re going through. And so He can give us that support of somebody that understands what we’re struggling with.

“And that’s super validating to me that our struggles are real. And they’re not gonna just be fixed, but they’re also tangible, and they mean something to us, and they do impact us. And He’ll support us through that.”

On February 14, Jensen presented her ideas at the 2020 BYU Religious Education Student Symposium.

“It was so fun,” Jensen says about the experience. “But I think it was fun because it was meaningful to me. It was something that I was really passionate about and I felt really strongly about, and I’ve had really sacred experiences with. And so I felt so connected to it that it was really validating to be able to share my feelings and thoughts and then have people come up afterward and be like, ‘That like meant something to me.’”

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Jensen (second from the left) with her fellow nurses during Mock Disaster; Image courtesy of Jensen

Jensen says that in her presentation, she also talked about the nursing program, which lets her participate in the act of healing. “Up to this point, I feel like I’ve always been like, ‘I want to do something. I don’t know what to do for you. I can’t help you,’” Jensen says. “I feel like now I have something to offer people to give them help. And not just like an emotional sense, but in a physical sense. Like, we can do what we can do to give you the best care.

“It makes me feel like I can contribute and can offer something beneficial to people.”

 

Christina Rickenbach Represents CON at 3-Minute Thesis Competition

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Graduate student Christina Rickenbach composes herself before presenting her thesis on stage.

By Quincey Taylor

The ability to present your ideas succinctly in a way that makes sense is an essential skill for graduate students. They need to be able to clearly convey the importance of their theses in order to gain support and funding. The 3-Minute Thesis or 3MT is a research presentation competition that aims to help students do just that. Christina Rickenbach, graduate student who researched school nurses’ impact during an epidemic, represented the College of Nursing at BYU’s 2020 competition.

Originating at the University of Queensland in 2008, 3MT has spread to be practiced at several universities worldwide. Each student is given only 3 minutes to present their thesis. Therefore, they work hard to make them easily understandable and to-the-point.

One student from each college is selected to present their thesis. The selected winner receives $2,000, first runner-up receives $1,500, and third place receives $1,000. However, each participant is given a prize of $250 simply for presenting.

Rickenbach presented about her research regarding school nurses. She believes that there should be more school nurses in Utah’s public schools. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends one school nurse for every 750 students, but Utah averages one nurse for every 4,300 students, which is almost six times the recommended amount. Sometimes school nurses are spread across five to 15 schools, limiting their time at each school campus significantly. This is a huge barrier during outbreaks when every moment is of the essence.

The college supports Rickenbach and we are extremely proud of her time and energy she has put into her master’s thesis. Not to mention she presented while in the final stages of pregnancy! When some people are passionate about something, nothing can stop them. We are convinced that Rickenbach is one of these people!

“Whatever It Takes” to Make a Video

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Emma Beaumont (center right), Savannah Williams (center left), Scott Summers (far right), and Craig Nuttall (far left) dramatically pose for the filming of the “Whatever It Takes” music video parody.

By Lyndee Johns

Two nursing students stand on the roof of the Kimball Tower, lip-synching while two professors with masks and lab coats drum on trash cans, using PVC pipes as drumsticks.

Not exactly the usual way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.

But hey, it’s for a good cause.

The Origin

The “Whatever It Takes” College of Nursing video parody is the brainchild of Steven Roundy, a fifth-semester nursing student and board member of the BYU Student Nurses Association.

Roundy, who has often made music videos for his family, was thinking about making a video when he saw a video made by Zak Gowan, who is a videographer for the BYU College of Nursing media team. “It just looked really [high] quality, and I was like, ‘Wow, it would be awesome to get together.’ So I went up and I asked him and then started looking for a song that would kind of get a feeling of the nursing program.”

Choose 2 Give Campaign

When Roundy was put in charge of the 2020 College of Nursing Choose 2 Give campaign, he decided to kill two birds with one stone and create the video as a promotional tool.

The Choose 2 Give campaign focuses on students helping students. Students or anyone else who wishes to donate should do so via give.byu.edu/nursing, which ensures that the money goes directly to the College of Nursing. These donations help pay for student scholarships, mentored learning, and the clinical needs of the public & global health nursing courses.

Roundy talks about how important it is for students to donate. “Even those who aren’t on scholarship are on scholarship because of what a good price quality education this is. The amount of investments from people we’ve never seen that goes into helping us . . . they’re investing so much into us, so that we can go and turn around and help other people too, especially those who might not have such a good family life or education foundation as early on as we have.”

The Music

Roundy chose the Imagine Dragons song “Whatever It Takes” to build the video around. “Honestly, It was just the song that had the kind of feeling that sometimes you can have in the nursing program,” says Roundy. “’Whatever it takes’ to get in the nursing program and to graduate . . . I just wanted it to show how the nursing program can be hard and hard is okay, and you’re gonna make it.”

Roundy wrote the lyrics of the parody. Noteworthy member Brittan Wawro provided the breathtaking vocals, and BYU commercial music major Skylar DeWeese created the background music, as well as helping record and edit the vocals.

The Crew/Cast

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Beaumont and Williams filming at the Provo Frontrunner station (it was cold!)

Nursing students Emma Beaumont and Savannah Williams take center stage in this video, with additional appearances by SNA president and nursing student Izzy Bernal and UVU student Samantha Roundy, Steven’s sister.

Beaumont took on her role as the main “vocalist” with enthusiasm. “I don’t really get really like bashful in front of people or stuff,” she says. “So I was kind of like ‘We’re just gonna do it. And if I fully commit to this, then that will hopefully make it turn out better, whereas if I’m a little nervous, then it’s gonna look lame.’’

Associate teaching professor Dr. Craig Nuttall and assistant teaching professor Scott Summers  gave their all as the masked drummers.

“We were just happy to help the students out,” says Summers.

Gowans filmed and edited the video.

Roundy acted as producer and director, and even made several cameos as a patient in the Mary Jane Rawlinson Geertsen Nursing Learning Center (NLC). “I looked dead in a lot of the scenes, so it was funny watching me,” says Roundy. “It made me grateful for good nurses, just thinking about what patients go through.”

The Locations

Filming happened over three days in January, beginning on the roof of the Kimball Tower, then moving to the NLC, and then to the Provo Frontrunner station.

While Roundy and Gowans pulled a lot of inspiration for filming from the lyrics of the song, they also based locations off of the daily routines of nursing students. “We went to places that nurses would be,” says Gowans. “So we were in the NLC . . . Nursing is here in the Kimball, so we got on the roof of the Kimball because that’s a cool location, and we went to the train station because a lot of them ride the train.”

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Rocking out on the Kimball roof!

The Kimball Tower roof was a favorite location of the cast and crew.

“I actually two weeks earlier had made a bucket list of all the things I wanted to do before I graduated, and going on top of the Kimball Tower was one,” says Williams. “And then Steven told me we were filming on top of the Kimball Tower, and I freaked out because I was like, ‘You just made my dream come true!’”

“I loved going on top of the Kimball Tower because you just never get to go up there, so first of all it’s beautiful,” says Beaumont. “We were filming the chorus up there, and so that was really fun just to have everyone there and everybody’s just going kind of crazy wild.”

The Filming

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Samantha Roundy (left), Emma Beaumont (center), and Izzy Bernal (right) strut across the NLC.

Roundy has three words to describe the filming process: “filming by faith.”

“When we got to it, I only had a couple of ideas and props, but then, on the scene, we thought of a lot of the actual dancing and actions like that, and camera angles on the spot,” says Roundy.

One of his examples of filming by faith was finding makeshift drums for Summers and Nuttall to use. “I had to come up with drums somehow the day of, and I went into the janitor’s closet and I found trash cans.”

Cast members loved the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other while filming.

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They see me rollin’ . . . they filming . . .

“Zak and Steven would be like, ‘Okay, you can stand here and we want Craig and Scott to stand here.’ But then, for the most part, it was just ad-lib,” says Williams. “Everyone kind of threw out ideas as we were going, which I think made it a lot more fun.”

Williams contributed the idea of Summers rolling in the trash can, which made it into the final cut.

Beaumont loved filming in the NLC, where she suggested some ideas for the routine.

“There are a couple of things that I’m like, ‘I should do hand hygiene here,’ or ‘I should rip out your IV . . . So it was a combined effort there but it was awesome.”

Bernal was in several NLC scenes, performing chest compressions on a comatose patient (Steven) and ripping graded papers.  “It took us a few tries to get the timing right of when we rip the paper with our grades on it and a couple of practices to really get into the zone, but that part was really fun,” Bernal says.

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Izzy Bernal and Samantha Roundy demonstrate CPR on Steven Roundy as a part of the NLC routine.

“My favorite part to film was the CPR scene,” says Samantha Roundy, who also appeared in the NLC scenes. “I don’t know how Steven didn’t laugh because it was hard for me to hold [it] in!”

Steven Roundy enjoyed watching everyone perform during filming. “Seeing Scott and Craig up there on the roof was hilarious,” he says. “And seeing Emma and Savannah and Samantha and Izzy just get into it. Their personalities just came out. It was so much fun just to watch them get into it and love it.”

The Struggles

Making the video wasn’t all fun and games though.

For Roundy, the struggles started even before filming. Creating the background music was harder than he and DeWeese had anticipated. “So if I would have known beforehand how much time it would have taken just to make the background music, I don’t think I would have jumped into it,” says Roundy. “But once you’re hours into it and halfway done, thinking you’re almost done, you’re not going to just stop it.”

“The hardest part, I think, is the speed at which we had to do it,” said Gowans. “We had to get it done before the campaign started . . . So I think the time crunch was kind of hard and working with each other’s schedules.”

For Williams, the hardest part of filming was the energy. “We were playing the music from like a tiny little speaker, and they’re like, ‘Give us more energy!’ And we’re like, ‘Okay!’ But all we could hear is this tiny little speaker.”

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Gowans stood on a ladder to get this overhead shot of Beaumont.

Beaumont had some difficulty remembering the lyrics during an overhead shot. “Looking straight up and like not really thinking about what you’re saying but have to think about what you’re saying . . . Then I get a little nervous or you just like forget it or get tongue-tied and you’re like, ‘I was so close!’’

 

Going Forward

After freezing temperatures at the Frontrunner station, location juggling, and hours of editing, the music video “Whatever It Takes – Choose 2 Give 2020” was posted on YouTube on February 25, 2020.

When asked about their hope for the video going forward, the crew and cast had a variety of responses.

For Roundy, making music videos is about remembering the people in the video. “I just like watching them years later and remembering the people in them because you see their personality in ways that you’ll never see them again.”

“Obviously, every filmmaker hopes that people watch their movies,” says Gowans. “I hope that people like it. I hope that they think it’s fun, because it was fun to make.”

“If I’m ever gonna get famous, this is my one shot, right?” Beaumont jokes.  “But no, I think it’s important to talk about how it is. Like, school’s hard . . . But hopefully, with this vid and just us like talking about how it’s hard, you can be like, ‘Well, things are difficult, but [I] can still have a lot of fun along the way.’”

“I think that the hope is just that people will donate to Choose 2 Give,” says Williams. “I hope that it just makes people laugh, because we had a lot of fun making it, but I mean ultimately it is like a fundraiser video. So I hope that people actually go and donate.”

 

Student Spotlight: Kailey Mazurkiewicz

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Kailey Mazurkiewicz brings her vivacious spirit and passion for healing to the nursing program. Photo courtesy of Mazurkiewicz.

By Lyndee Johns

Rows and rows of darkened rooms, each filled with silent dolls.

All watching as you go by.

Sounds like the next Anabelle movie?

It was actually fourth-semester nursing student Kailey Mazurkiewicz’s college tour of the Mary Jane Rawlinson Geertsen Nursing Learning Center at BYU (NLC).

“My tour guide took me into the NLC, only no one was there,” says Mazurkiewicz. “So all the lights are off because no one was present, and we’re walking down the hallway and there are just manikins . . . My little brother’s like nine, and he’s like, ‘I think I saw this in a horror movie once,’ because we’re walking in a dark basement with a bunch of manikins. And I’m like, ‘This is so cool!’”

It’s a really good thing that the NLC manikins don’t scare Mazurkiewicz since she currently works as a simulation TA for the NLC. “Favorite job by far,” says Mazurkiewicz. “I really love working in the simulator just because it’s very unique to BYU and it is very high-tech, and so it’s really cool to see how real we can make it.”

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Mazurkiewicz (third from the right) with her fellow nurses at the VA hospital in Salt Lake. Photo courtesy of Mazurkiewicz.

Mazurkiewicz has even gotten to act out being the patient on occasion. “So like I was a postpartum hemorrhage, so I got to be the patient. And that was so much fun. Highly entertaining.”

Mazurkiewicz’s interest in nursing sparked when her little brother had to have emergency surgery for appendicitis when she was in high school. “And I watched the nurses take care of him . . . and I thought it was such a cool experience to be able to help take care of someone,” she says. “And then I started volunteering in the emergency department at my local hospital . . . and I loved seeing what the nurses could do, and just how cool it was that they got to take care of patients and help interact with doctors.”

She performed this volunteer work during her junior and senior years of high school, spending her Friday nights as a patient escort in the aforementioned emergency room. “It was such a cool experience because I got to interact with patients of all ages, because it’s an emergency room,” says Mazurkiewicz. “And it was so fun because I got to see so many different things. It ranged from someone coming into the ER for a head cold to like someone coming into the ER because they were stabbed . . . I was very blessed never to be bored.”

One memorable Friday night had a full-to-bursting emergency room, and a patient needing to be life-flighted to another hospital—which required a helicopter landing in the hospital parking lot.

“So we had to go around and get the keys from all the patients/get them to move their cars so we could land the helicopter in the parking lot. And I remember being 17 and everyone’s in the lobby, and they’re like, ‘Why do you need us to move [our] car,’ and I was like, ‘So, we have to land a helicopter here.’”

Needless to say, that statement got some strange looks.

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Mazurkiewicz recently hiked Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Photo courtesy of Mazurkiewicz.

Mazurkiewicz is from Tri-Cities, Washington, and loves hiking, running, and the outdoors. “Literally anything that involves the sun, I will do it,” she says.

After graduation, Mazurkiewicz plans to work pediatrics. “I’m hoping to be at Primary Children’s when I graduate, because you can do all sorts of different aspects of nursing, whether it’s like med-surg or surgery or emergency room or ICU, but [it] involves kids and babies and I just work really well with them.”

Mazurkiewicz’s advice for incoming nursing students is to 1) “be as involved as possible” and 2) “be incredibly optimistic.”

“Nursing school is incredibly hard. It will be difficult. And so it’s important to be optimistic and to hold out and also to remember why you wanted to be a nurse . . . And this really hard day or week or entire semester is going to be worth it.”