Category Archives: Retirement

Establishing “Learning the Healer’s Art:” Dr. Mary William’s Retirement

Mary Williams

After 41 years of heartfelt service to the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University, associate professor Dr. Mary Williams (BS ’71) retired July 1, 2019.

As a student in 1967, caring faculty taught Williams the power of her potential, the love of nursing, and how to care for patients in the Savior’s way. After she failed bedmaking, faculty member Chloe D. Tillery (BS ’58) gave her private lessons (Williams can still make the tightest bed and the best square corner). She graduated in 1971 and went to work for LDS Hospital in the plastic/burn unit as a staff nurse, assistant head nurse, and head nurse.

In 1978, she accepted a teaching position at the College of Nursing and began teaching introductory and advanced medical/surgery and ICU courses. Realizing the national trend was for faculty to have advanced degrees, Williams returned to school and obtained a master’s degree from the University of Utah and a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Arizona.

Williams became the associate dean for the graduate program in 1990 and served in that capacity with five different college deans for 27 years (until June 2017). She was the chair of the college’s 40th, 50th, and 60th-anniversary celebrations and was instrumental in establishing “learning the Healer’s art” as the mantra for the program, which was the theme of the 40-year gala. On the university level, among many roles, she was part of the graduate council, the student ratings evaluation taskforce, and the BYU Women’s Conference committee.

Professional and community service have enriched her life as she served as the chair of the Utah Board of Nursing, on the trustee council of the Utah Hospital Association, and, for the past 20 years, as chair of the Mountain View Hospital.

In 2009, Williams was honored with the university’s Wesley P. Lloyd Award for Distinction in Graduate Education. Her influence in student research has kept the students and their theses strong. She has chaired over 44 master’s projects or theses, served as a committee member for an additional 42, and coauthored or written more than 30 publications focusing on timely issues and trends in the nursing industry.

What’s next? Williams, who raised four of her deceased sister’s six children, plans to spend more time with them and her 17 grandchildren. She will find time for church service and take time to travel or visit new places. Mostly she will frequently ponder how blessed she is to have such good friends associated with her time at the university.

Mary Williams Spotlight Video

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Mentoring the Next Generation: Dr. Linda Mabey

Linda Mabey

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.”

Here’s to a Great Retirement!

By Mindy Longhurst

Ken Robinson Headshot

A photo of Ken Robinson. Image courtesy of BYU Photo.

Ken Robinson, the IT Manager for the College of Nursing, has been a great help to the College of Nursing. Robinson was trained in electronics while he was in the Air Force in his youth. Later, he received his degree in Computer Science from Weber State University.

Robinson started working for the College of Nursing around the time that his daughter started attending BYU. Robinson has been working as the IT Manager for the College of Nursing for the past 20 years! Since his time here, a lot has changed in the technology world. When he first arrived, many faculty and staff members were not accustomed to working regularly with computers and the latest technology of the day, floppy disks. Now, 20 years later, he has loved helping faculty and staff members become more familiar with using technology.

smilingA photo of Robinson fixing a computer. Image courtesy of Zak Gowans.

There have been several changes to technology since Robinson started working here. The biggest change has been within the last four years, as the newly constructed Nurses Learning Center (NLC) has been updated and become more of a technology center. Of this change Robinson says, “Prior to the newly constructed NLC, we had a little bit, but not as much technology as we have in there today. They started talking about getting electronic health records (E.H.R.) when I started working here, but we did not get it until the remodel four years ago. After the remodel, we had a special room for the equipment that was running the NLC. I switched and spent most of my time in the NLC.” Along with E.H.R., there are significantly more manikins and simulation labs that feel real to the students. Robinson’s legacy over his long stay at the College of Nursing is helping faculty and staff members be more comfortable with using technology.

handsRobinson working on a computer. Image courtesy of Zak Gowans.

Robinson plans on spending time with his 7 children and 21 grandchildren after retirement. He has built a shop in his backyard so that he can teach his grandchildren. He plans on teaching his grandchildren important skills like electronics, computers, model rockets and wood work. He also looks forward to spending more time with his wife and helping his children.