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Ravert’s Third Year Review: Serving with Students

Dean Ravert’s third-year review would not be complete without emphasizing her strong commitment to students. This past year was defined by the many interactions she had with students, and the many times she blessed the college with her example of service.

Nursing students had several opportunities to serve alongside their Dean. In November, Dean Ravert joined the Student Nurses Association to make Christmas ornaments for its Festival of Trees entry. The students and faculty gathered in the Nursing Learning Center with glitter and ribbons to create beautiful ornaments for the annual event that benefits the Primary Children’s Hospital.

This fun day of service allowed the students to get to know their Dean a little better and learn from her example.

Dean Ravert (front row left) participated in part of the Ecuador section of the clinical practicum for public and global health nursing course.

Dean Ravert (front row left) participated in part of the Ecuador section of the clinical practicum for public and global health nursing course.

Dean Ravert also joined the Ecuador section of the clinical practicum for the public and global health nursing course for a week in the Amazon jungle during spring term. She assisted faculty members Sondra Heaston and Stacie Hunsaker, and helped nursing students to learn from the Ecuadorian culture, to deliver babies in rural hospitals, and to monitor the health of children in multiple elementary schools.

Jacob Ferrin, a senior nursing student who went on the global health trip to Ecuador, said having the Dean participate with them was a great opportunity to become better acquainted with her and see how truly qualified she is.

“Dean Ravert has always seemed like a very professional lady, but this was a chance to see her fun side and hear her stories,” Ferrin said. “It was so helpful to have her expertise and insight while we were there.”

He enjoyed hearing more about the Dean’s experience and research and felt like she became “one of the students” on this trip.

Dean Ravert (in red) participating in a flag raising ceremony at Fort McHenry, along with veterans from a Utah Honor Flight group.

Dean Ravert (in red) observing veterans from a Utah Honor Flight fold a flag used on a navy ship in World War II.

Dean Ravert also served alongside another group of students a few weeks later when the College of Nursing sponsored 17 veterans on an Honor Flight trip to Washington D.C. The Dean went on the trip as a Guardian—a caretaker for an assigned veteran during the activity—for Elder Hartman Rector Jr., a Korean War Veteran and Emeritus General Authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Students from the Veteran section of the clinical practicum for the public and global health nursing course who had just spent a week in Washington D.C. learning how to best care for veterans returned to serve as guardians for the veterans on this flight. The students applied the knowledge they gained from their public and global health course during the three days they spent with the veterans.

One of the participants in the group said it was a nice opportunity for students to see the Dean from a different perspective. “She was just one of the students, serving like everybody else.”

Students in the College of Nursing have had other opportunities throughout the past year to get to know their Dean in a setting of service (washing windows at the United Way Day of Caring event in September, making humanitarian kits during the annual alumni service project in October, helping with a Days for Girls International sewing project in January, and dishing up food at the Take a BYU Cougar to Lunch event in February, etc.). She has never hesitated to take part in projects and activities where she can work with students, share her knowledge, and help others. Where nursing students are serving, Dean Ravert can often be found alongside them.

A Few of Dean Ravert’s Third-year Accomplishments

deanravertDean and professor Patty Ravert is completing her third year in office this week. To celebrate Dr. Ravert’s leadership role, we will highlight some of the accomplishments she has made as dean this year. You should visit the blog every day this week for a brief story on the areas she has focused on to create a more influential and connected college.

This review series will also look at the Mary Jane Rawlinson Geertsen Nursing Learning Center’s first year of operation, past year college faculty hiring, implementation of alumni board events, and interaction with student learning.

First up in our Ravert Year-In-Review series are the numerous honors the dean has received this year.

In March, Mometrix Test Preparation released a listing of the 30 most influential nursing deans in the nation. Do you want to take a guess at who made the list? That’s right! Our very own Dean Ravert! Her work with simulation in nursing education combined with the high pass-rate of BYU undergraduate students taking the NCLEX-RN certification earned her the 19th slot on this prestigious list. You can see the full listing of influential deans at http://bit.ly/1ICrnJq.

Another landmark event for Dean Ravert was honored as the Alice Louis Reynolds Women-in-Scholarship Lecture Series recipient this year. Named in honor of the influential woman who worked tirelessly to build a truly impressive library at BYU, the lecture series features women in scholarship and their efforts. Being selected as this year’s awardee shows how incredible our Dean is, but we already knew that! Dean Ravert presented on the topics of Learning the Healer’s Art and Simulation in Nursing at the event held in early March.

NSNA-StellarChapterOne more impressive accomplishment for Dean Ravert was the college’s NSNA Stellar School Chapter Renewal (from the National Student Nurses’ Association). This award recognizes the excellence of the College of Nursing in categories related to school-wide participation in NSNA and BYU’s individual commitment to the professional development of its students and faculty. As one of only a couple dozen nursing schools to earn this recognition, this award truly sets the BYU College of Nursing apart as a leader in nursing education. Way to go, Dean Ravert!

Watch a recap video highlighting Dean Ravert’s prior year in office: https://youtu.be/Pem72myUoFc.


Joan Bentley (BS ’65) APRN, ANCC; advanced practice track; retired NP, West Jordan Medical Center; South Jordan, UT.Joan loves to travel and has seen almost the entire world. She has five children who love to travel with her.

It was wonderful! It taught me what I need to know!

Marilyn M. Call (BS ’72); pediatric nurse practitioner track.

Sue Ann R. Christensen (BS ’86) CPNP; advanced practice track; NP, Utah Valley Pediatrics; Orem, UT. Sue specializes in the care of newborns, children, adolescents and special-needs children. She speaks some Korean. She likes to read, travel and spend time with family in her free time.

Kathleen Hogan FNP-c; family nurse practitioner track; NP, SLC Health Clinics of Utah Medical; Salt Lake City, UT. Kathleen is a very kind and compassionate person. She loves working with patients to improve and monitor their health.

Ruth Ann Hooper (AS ’65, BS ’69); family nurse practitioner track; NP, Premier Family Medical; Orem, UT. Ruth has four children and 14 grandchildren. She plays the piano and organ. She also loves to oil paint and decorate cakes.

I got my associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s at BYU so I’ve benefited greatly from them!

Janice C. Jensen; nursing administration track; retired from UVU; Orem, UT. Janice completed 20 years as an advanced professor at UVU (formerly UVSC) She helped write the curriculum for the BSN program, and advised student regarding employment opportunities and preparation for licensure. Most importantly, she was able to be a hands-on grandma to her 23 grandchildren and to enjoy her seven little great-grandchildren. She served in the Provo Temple for nine years and continued in Church service in Orem after moving there. It was a joy for her to see some of her former students in the classes she took to receive her M.S. degree. She has been able to encourage some of her children and grandchildren to enter the nursing profession.

Richard T. Knowlton Jr. DNP, FNP-BC; family nurse practitioner track; assistant professor and DNP program director, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Womack Army Medical Center; Fort Bragg, NC. Richard received his DNP from Robert Morris University. He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.

April A. Lassen (AS ’82, BS ’89); former nursing director, Orchard Park Care Center; Lehi, UT

Donna J. Abbott Lister APRN, PhD, CNE; family nurse practitioner track; nursing professor and department chair, Southern Utah University (SUU); FNP, Canyon View Clinic, IHC; Paragonah, UT. Donna received her PhD in Education from Walden University.  She has received an Outstanding Nursing Leadership award. currently serves on the State Board of Nursing Education Committee. She is married with five children and three grandchildren. 

Madison D. Murphy (BS ’89); psychiatric nurse practitioner track; marketing manager, K & M Nursing Registry Corp; American Fork, UT.

1994 Ravert, Patty

1994 Graduate Patricia Ravert

Patricia Ravert (AS ’74, BS ’75) PhD (UofU), RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN; nursing administration track; dean and professor in the BYU College of Nursing; American Fork, UT. Patty has received these recognitions: Alice Louise Reynolds Women-in-Scholarship Lecturer (2015); fellow, American Academy of Nursing (AAN) (2011); fellow, National League for Nursing (NLN) (2010); Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing (NLN); Excellence in the Academic Setting Award, International Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) (2009). She has five children and 12 grandchildren.

Throughout my nursing career, I have used the knowledge I gained in the master’s program. I knew I wanted to continue my education as a baccalaureate graduate and then again as a master’s graduate.

Elizabeth S. Reynolds FNP-BC, BSN, ASN, RN; family nurse practitioner track; nursing instructor, Denver School of Nursing; Byers, CO.

1994 Stokes, Karen

1994 Graduate Karen Stokes

Karen B. Stokes (BS ’87); nursing administration track; director, Home Health and Hospice Compliance at HealthSouth Rehabilitation; South Jordan, UT. Karen has spent the last 23 years in the home health industry and has loved every minute of it! She is married with three children and seven grandchildren. Karen and her husband love to travel and have seen many wonderful parts of the world. She loves to cross stitch, which works well with airplane travel, something she does a lot of for her job. Her favorite quote is: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain!”

My education at BYU’s master program helped prepare me for the management and operational duties I have been afforded over the years.

Lorraine L. Wilson (BS ’64); family nurse practitioner track; FNP, retired 2004; Provo, UT. Lorraine’s most memorable awards came in the form of numerous notes expressing personal thankfulness and gratitude.

My experience in the master’s program made my career possible. I lived in Vernal, UT at the time I attended and the schedule of classes allowed me to commute once a week and stay overnight for the next day’s classes.

Dean Ravert and CON faculty enjoy a healthy, active summer


Dean Ravert stopping for a picture in a tulip field after a long day of biking.

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