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Did you miss Night of Nursing? Here’s a recap!

By Jessica Tanner

Hundreds of nursing alumni. Forty locations. One epic event. Last Thursday, March 7, 2019, was our sixth annual Night of Nursing. Alumni assembled across the country in one great night of fun, laughter, prizes, and inspiring messages.

In case you missed it, here is our recap from the Provo location!

The games. Who can forget Dean Ravert playing “pin the bandage on the wound” or Assistant Professor Dr. Bret Lyman scoring at Operation? Students and alumni also tossed beanbags into a giant Operation board for prizes. Is there a better way to spend a rainy Thursday?


Students and alumni gather to toss beanbags into the giant Operation board.

The mascot. This acrobatic cougar does not just go to athletic events and games. Cosmo put smiles on everyone’s faces at Night of Nursing. He did flips, played operation, and took photos with attendees.

The broadcast. Dean Ravert reported the highlights of 2018, including our students’ exceptional test scores. Our students had a first-time 100% NCLEX-RN licensure and the American Nurses Credentialing Center certifying exam in 2018. The dean also shared updates, such as the announcement of new faculty and a hint at an upcoming rise in rank from the U.S. News & World Report. (Follow this link to see what it is!) Intermountain Healthcare also presented a gift of $50,000 for student scholarships.

During the broadcast, we connected with alumni from classes 1956 to 2018. Nola Jean Davis Whipple graduated in the first BYU College of Nursing class of 1956. Since then she has worked in surgery and heart surgery units.  She established the first nursing office of the U.S. embassy in Guatemala and served in the U.S. embassy medical unit in Kenya. Last week she said hello from St. George, where she now lives.

“We started out giving shots to oranges and then we had to practice on each other,” Whipple remembers. “The school has improved humongously, wonderfully…I am proud to see what it’s become.” Marilyn Wallen, an alum from the class of 1966, also said hello from St. George. “And I still work!” Wallen reported enthusiastically. This earned a cheer from our live audience.


Eva Stonemen, a former faculty member, addresses the audience with Public Relations Supervisor Jeff Peery.

Professor emeritus Eva Stoneman, who graduated from BYU College of Nursing in 1959, attended the Provo location. She worked for 50 years and has attended every single Night of Nursing event. “Nursing’s a wonderful field,” she added. We are with you on that, Eva! We applaud these women for their contributions and example.

The raffle. It was likely the most intense event of the evening. Each student, alumni, or faculty sat with a ticket or two clutched in their hands, wondering if their number would be called. Throughout the event, they cheered each other on as they won prizes. Several attendees left with goodies, including the ever-coveted BYU College of Nursing socks and Dr. Renea Beckstrand’s homemade fudge.


A nursing student receives a license plate cover as a prize!

The service. Students, faculty, and alumni brought pairs of socks to donate. We collaborated with Sigma Theta Tau International to provide socks for local refugees.

The alumni. Outside of Provo, alumni gathered to connect in 39 locations. Night of Nursing is wonderful because each area is unique – some had a few alumni and others had dozens, some played games and others served dinner. The important thing is simply getting to know each other. One alum says, “Thanks for creating an opportunity for alumni to connect in communities throughout the U.S.!” Another reported, “The host did a great job of decorating and making us feel welcome.”

One host writes, “We each saw others around the country that we know or went to school with. Thank you for this event to keep us connected!” This is why we love Night of Nursing. The food and prizes are nice, but the friendships we make and keep are much sweeter.

Night of Nursing will return on March 5, 2020!




Ravert’s Third Year Review: Alumni Events and Networking

As we review the dean’s third-year accomplishments this week, we must include the expansion of alumni events and networking opportunities. Let’s highlight three activities that are growing in popularity:

2nd Annual Night of Nursing: A BYU Nursing Reunion in your Community

Night of Nursing Logo [Medium]In an effort to help nursing alumni across the country stay connected to the college while also learning of other nursing individuals in their own communities (for support and networking), the BYU College of Nursing alumni board offered the annual Night of Nursing: A BYU Nursing Reunion in your Community last March.

This event invited nursing alumni and friends to join in small groups around the nation to learn about current college happenings, network, and reminisce about university experiences. Locations included Utah (Provo, Orem, Sandy, Salt Lake City, North Salt Lake, Farmington), California (Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego), Nevada (Las Vegas, Henderson), Arizona (Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert), Boise, Denver, Colorado Springs, Houston, Minneapolis, and Charlotte.

If you would like to host a small group in your home on March 3, 2016—send a message to nursingpr@byu.edu. If you would like to attend, visit nursing.byu.edu (after January 20, 2016) to find a nursing reunion in your community.

Semi-annual Speed Networking Luncheon

In February the Alumni Board created a new networking opportunity for alumni and students—our “speed networking” version of Take a BYU Cougar to Lunch. Similar to “speed dating” where individuals rotate among other participants every few minutes, our luncheTACTL-Logo2on had alumni changing tables each course of the meal (about every 10 minutes).

This free event included 32 non-faculty alumni and 74 students. The luncheon was well-received and most had a great time (some did not want to rotate as they enjoyed visiting with each other so much). Plan now to attend our next event on campus, which will occur during Homecoming week on October 9 (RSVP to nursingpr@byu.edu to participate).

Annual Alumni Board-sponsored Women’s Conference Luncheon

The College of Nursing alumni board sponsors a luncheon each year for alumni and friends of the college that are attending the first day of Women’s Conference. This activity allows participants to avoid long meal lines, enjoy a free lunch, and meet new nursing friends (or become reacquainted with past ones).

This year more than 105 alumni, students and friends had the chance to visit and chat with one another. We plan to do this again next year on April 28. Even if you are not attending the conference, but will be in the Provo area—please come and enjoy our company. Attendees also receive a unique college-logo promotional item as a gift for participating in the event.