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Connection Is Up To You: Dr. Sabrina Jarvis Receives DAISY Faculty Award


Dr. Sabrina Jarvis with her sister after receiving the DAISY Award

By Jessica Tanner

“I was really surprised to be honest,” says associate teaching professor Dr. Sabrina Jarvis after receiving this year’s DAISY Award  Faculty Award. She was nominated by a student to whom she had shown kindness and care. Living by life philosophies taught to her by her father has opened doors to connecting with others and blessed many lives.

Dr. Jarvis worked as a family nurse practitioner in Veterans Administration Hospitals. It was in her clinical practice she not only found fulfillment in nursing but was also introduced to teaching. However, she reports, “It was quite the learning process,” as she was shy and unfamiliar with giving presentations. Thankfully, she had a mentor, one who could teach her about presentations tap on a projector if she was going overtime. “As you go along, you learn,” Dr. Jarvis says. “I don’t think you spring up being a full-blown teacher; you have to learn the craft.”

Those early experiences prepared Dr. Jarvis to teach at BYU, as she has for the past twelve years. For her the craft of teaching is not just in planning lessons or grading projects; it is about the relationships she builds with her students. She lives life by a philosophy her father taught her:  “In every encounter during your day, it’s usually not neutral; it’s either going to be positive or not.”  Those encounters are often small, such as a smile or asking someone how their day is going. Dr. Jarvis is also a firm believer in communication. “I also don’t believe in ESP—that if we don’t ask, we don’t know.”

“We go past a lot of people and how much connection you make is up to you,” says Dr. Jarvis. She makes a habit of talking with her students after class and strives to learn a new name every day. These simple, trust-building acts have paved the way for opportunities to give of herself. “You don’t realize you’ve made an impact in the moment because you’re just trying to help someone and you learn from them,” Dr. Jarvis says.

One student who nominated Dr. Jarvis for the award wrote, “I nominated her as I was impressed with how supportive and positive she was as she helped me during a project. She created an environment where I felt important and could turn to her for help if needed. I knew I had an advocate who wanted to see me excel. During the semester, she followed-up and showed genuine care for me. My understanding of the Healer’s Art has been expanded and deepened thanks to the example of Sabrina Jarvis.”

Dr. Jarvis was touched by the award but the real reward was in the relationship. Of the student’s letter, she said, “It really just touched my heart. You don’t think you’re having that impact on a person, and for her to go to the time and effort and the beautiful words she wrote…that to me was the award.” For Dr. Jarvis it has always been about making connections. “You helped them but the gift is you get to know that person. They’re part of your life, and that to me is what it’s all about.”




Integrity When No One is Watching: James Reinhardt Receives DAISY In Training Award for Winter 2019


Reinhardt celebrates with his wife and son.

By Quincey Taylor

James Reinhardt, current BYU nursing student, was one of two students to receive this semester’s DAISY In Training Award, which is given to extraordinary nurses and nursing students. Selected by nomination forms filled out by other nursing students, Reinhardt really goes the extra mile in showing everyone around him that he cares. The college is proud to be represented by students like him.

When he found out he had been selected as one of this semester’s DAISY In Training recipients, Reinhardt felt surprised and humbled. He says about the experience, “I think it made me want to live up to those expectations a little bit more. To make sure that I can back up what they’ve said with my actions. It makes me want to make sure I’m doing everything, even holding the door open for somebody.”

“James never hesitates to help a patient that is in need. It doesn’t matter how smelly, how messy, how off-putting the job is. The patient doesn’t even need to be his – if he sees a call light that has been going off, he responds. He treats every one with respect and kindness,” says student Jane Harlan.

Allie Giguiere, current nursing student, illustrated this characteristic of Reinhardt’s by sharing an experience: “Last semester there was a code during clinical and James noticed that the patient’s father was alone and really struggling, so he went into the room and supported this dad and let him know that he was not alone. I was really impressed by his ability to notice a need and have the motivation and courage to fill that need. As a student, it is sometimes difficult to know your place in the clinical situation, but James put himself out there and did what he could to help a suffering soul. I think that is really what the Healer’s art is.”

It was really special for Reinhardt to have his family come and see him receive the award. Reinhardt enjoyed having his young son there and comments, “Having a kid in the nursing conference made me feel like a spy.”

When asked how he’d like to thank those that nominated him, Reinhardt laughs, “Besides owing them lunch? I guess I’m just really grateful that they notice the small things. It’s really cool to be caught doing something good when you don’t think that anybody else is watching.”

Reinhardt knows the importance of integrity at all times, at work and in his everyday life. He says, “Compassion is important in the workplace. However, it’s even more important outside the workplace because that’s when you’re not expected to be nice and you get to show who you really are.”

“Ray of Sunshine” Sherry Huang Receives DAISY In Training Award for Winter 2019


Huang and her family celebrate her achievement.

By Quincey Taylor

Sherry Huang, sixth semester nursing student, was one of two students to receive this semester’s DAISY In Training Award. This award, intended for extraordinary nurses and nursing students, was given based on nominations written by fellow students. From bringing treats to class to remembering everyone’s names, Huang truly emulates the spirit of the DAISY award.

Learning the names of all her patients and coworkers is really important to Huang. Laura Grenfell, fellow student, says about Huang, “In class, she knows everyone and is aware of the details of everyone’s lives. In clinical, she has compassion for the patients’ troubles and concerns.” When asked about this passion for people’s individual lives, Huang comments, “I think I picked that up from Gay Raye my first semester. As a student, when a professor calls you by name you feel so important. I wanted to be able to do that. I think the little things can show a lot of compassion.”

Compassion is something Huang believes is essential in the workplace. She knows that, “When you’re in the hospital, you’re with people in their worst days. They need compassion in that moment.” Claire Weeks, nursing student, shares an example of how Huang shows compassion on a daily basis: “Sherry never complains, and is able to lift everyone else up around her. Not only does she care for her patients, but she also cares for her other nursing students. For example, on our drive up to Primary Children’s, it was not uncommon for her to bring us all homemade muffins.” When asked about this, Huang laughs, “Food is very therapeutic!”

One of Huang’s most influential role models has been assistant professor Dr. Julie Valentine. She has been inspired by Valentine’s work and hopes to follow in her steps. Emily Santillan, current nursing student, says, “Sherry cares deeply for her patients and constantly strives to make herself into the best nurse possible so she can give excellent care. She has gone through an extra training program to help victims of sexual assault, has helped with research of sexual abuse, and hopes to become a SANE one day.”

It was really special for Huang to have her family there when she received the award. Her mother flew from Wisconsin. Her siblings both attend BYU and were happy to see their sister receive the DAISY award.

Huang has a bubbly personality and is able to stay positive even when things are tough. When asked how she is able to stay happy even on hard days, Huang responds, “I’m used to failure in my life, with school and with different life experiences, and I honestly think that has helped me a lot. If I don’t do well on a test or if something goes wrong at clinical, it’s easy for me to bounce back and think ‘everything will be okay’ because it always has been every time I fail at something.” She also heavily relies on prayer, scripture study, and church attendance to stay positive in difficult times.

To all those that nominated Huang, she wants to say, and I quote, “THANK YOU!!! 😭😭😭” She feels she has been influenced by so many other nursing students and believes, “People influence others a lot more than they think they do.”

DAISY Award Winner: Bret Lyman

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Bret Lyman with award. Photo courtesy of Zak Gowans.

By Quincey Taylor

The DAISY Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1999, by the family of Patrick Barnes. Barnes passed away from complications of an autoimmune disease called Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura at the age of 33. Before he passed, his family saw the dedicated service and kindness offered to him by the nurses responsible for him. After his death, the Barnes family founded DAISY—an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System—to honor their son and express gratitude to exceptional nurses around the world.

The DAISY Award is given to a faculty member at the BYU College of Nursing twice a year. Assistant professor Dr. Bret Lyman was nominated and selected to receive the award this fall semester. He teaches the capstone course and the undergraduate ethics course. Students are profoundly impacted by his dedication to truly learning the Healer’s art and teaching that to his pupils.

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Bret Lyman and his family. Photo courtesy of Zak Gowans.

In the nomination, one student described Lyman as “fully invested in bettering healthcare through both improving the hospital system in his research and molding compassionate nurses in his teaching.” The student told the story of how during their capstone semester, his or her financial aid fell through and he or she became homeless. The student described Lyman’s compassionate service, how he “took the time to listen and was able to connect with the college to find resources so I could finish. This is when I really understood that he cares about the success of his students. Teaching is not just a job for him.”

As this story illustrates, Bret Lyman truly practices the Healer’s art. Lyman finds inspiration from the Savior, and says, “I think when we keep the Master Healer, Jesus Christ, in mind it will keep us grounded. He helps us move past some of our personal imperfections and personal struggles. You know that He is going to be there to help cover that gap between what we can do with our best effort and what needs to be done.”

Watch the video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4vHTW2M0ak

College Begins Recognition of DAISY Honorees


Sage Williams (left), Dean Patty Ravert, and Julie Valentine.

The BYU College of Nursing has partnered with the DAISY Foundation to begin a new tradition and recognize an extraordinary nursing faculty and student each semester. Last October we were pleased to recognize assistant professor Dr. Julie Valentine with the first DAISY Faculty Award and Sage Williams as the DAISY In Training Award recipient.

The DAISY Foundation (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) was established in 1999 by the family of Patrick Barnes, as a way to honor him after he died of complications of the auto-immune disease ITP. Pat’s family created the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to honor registered nurses who make a difference in the lives of patients and families experiences in healthcare (some of our alumni have received this distinction).

The DAISY Faculty Award provides national recognition and appreciation to nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students. The DAISY Student In Training Award is designed to remind students, even on their toughest days in nursing school, why they want to be a nurse.

Each January and September, the College of Nursing will accept nominations at nursing.byu.edu of a nursing professor or student that reflects compassion and exemplifies the Healer’s art. Recognition occurs at the college’s professionalism conference in February and the scholarly works and contribution to the discipline conference in October.

DAISY Faculty Award

CMH01731-1Julie Valentine is an assistant professor and also a certified adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse. Dr. Valentine focuses on multidisciplinary, collaborative research studies uniting disciplines in sexual assault case reform to benefit victims and case processing. In 2015 she was the primary author of two grants totaling $3.2 million for the testing of previously untested sexual assault kits and the resulting investigation and prosecution of these rape cases in Utah.

She is engaged in a collaborative research project with the Utah state crime laboratory exploring the impact of new DNA testing methods in sexual assault cases, and a collaborative law enforcement study on trauma-informed victim interviewing in sexual assault cases. From 2014 to 2017, she served on the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting committee with the National Institute of Justice developing national best practice policies in sexual assault cases.

In 2016 Dr. Valentine served on the BYU Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Misconduct which investigated Title IX implementation and recommended substantial policy and structural changes. As a mother of eight children and two grandchildren, Julie is an influential teacher wherever she goes. Whether at the lectern, hospital, courtroom, legislative floor, church or home, she shows love, compassion, and a kind listening ear with everyone.

Of interest, her favorite holiday is Valentine’s day, when her family sends our Valentine cards and enjoys making dozens of yummy treats to share with neighbors, friends, and co-workers.

DAISY In Training Award

CMH01733-2Sage Williams (BS ’17) became a research assistant at the end of nursing semester one, working with faculty members Dr. Julie Valentine, Dr. Linda Mabey, and Dr. Leslie Miles on multiple research studies on sexual assault victims throughout Utah. Her passion for caring for underserved and vulnerable individuals expands beyond the research arena to immersing herself in volunteer work.

She takes a monthly 48-hour call as a victim’s advocate in Utah County for sexual assault victims with Center for Women and Children in Crisis, volunteers at the University of Utah Health Burn Camp program for children, and worked this past summer in a family refugee camp in Greece for children and families fleeing Syria. Of note, she left the camp to join faculty members in Dublin, Ireland to present at the International Sigma Theta Tau conference. While there, Sage only had sandals to wear because she had given her shoes to those more in need at the refugee camp.

Her plans include obtaining a DNP as a psychiatric mental health nurse. She is truly an exceptional nursing student who emulates the Healer’s art and will make a difference in the world, especially with those who have been traumatized.