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What to Expect at Night of Nursing 2020


NON watch parties will be hosted at various locations across the nation; Photo courtesy of the Spokane, Washington chapter

By Lyndee Johns

The seventh annual Night of Nursing is only days away.

Seven days, seven hours, 51 minutes and 55 seconds to be exact.

54 seconds.

53 seconds.

52 groups across the nation will gather in various locations on February 27th, 2020, to watch the broadcast by Dr. Sandra Rogers at 6:30 MST. Dr. Sandra Rogers is the current international vice president at BYU and the previous college dean.


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Los Angeles Night of Nursing party; Photo courtesy of Wendy Hart

The informal watch parties hosted by nursing alumni and BYU-alumni chapters across the nation will each have different activities as decided by the hosts. The starting times will also be decided by the hosts. Each party will include refreshments, time to mingle with alumni and other nursing students, games, raffles, and the opportunity to watch the broadcast. The broadcast should last half an hour, meaning that the party itself could last between 90 minutes and two hours.


The party provides a chance for nursing alumni from BYU and BYU-Idaho to reconnect and a chance for current nursing students to talk with alumni. However, everyone (including alumni from other schools) is welcome to attend!

Raffle Prizes

Raffle prizes at the different host parties include water bottles, copies of the book Nurses at War, College of Nursing t-shirts, and much-coveted BYU socks. (Seriously, everyone loves these socks.)

BYU Party


Fudge, umbrellas, and other raffle prizes will be won at the BYU party

The BYU campus party—the site of the broadcast—will include Italian sodas, a photo booth, ring toss, and a prize wheel. A doughnut wall is even rumored to appear (but you didn’t hear that from me). Raffle prizes at this location include fudge, umbrellas, and gift cards. The party will begin at 6:00 MST.

The Greatest Prize

In addition to walking away with prizes, new connections to fellow nurses, and great memories, all participants of Night of Nursing will end the night with the greatest gift of all:

A new spatula.


So check nightofnursing.com to find the Night of Nursing party for your area, and RSVP via the website. If you are bringing any guests with you (again, all are welcome), make sure that you RSVP for them as well.

Come join us for a memorable evening of connection and fun!

Night of Nursing: A Tradition of Fun


By Quincey Taylor

Hundreds of nursing alumni. Forty locations. One night to remember. March 7, 2019, was the College of Nursing’s sixth annual Night of Nursing at Brigham Young University. This event took place on campus but was broadcast to locations across the country, connecting nursing alumni through a night of fun, laughter, prizes, and inspiring messages.

The idea for this event was sparked to help nursing alumni throughout the nation stay connected to the college while also learning of other nursing individuals in their communities for support and more networking opportunities.

The evening focused on recruited hosts inviting nursing alumni and friends to their home; many sites joined a conference call to learn about current college happenings. Through the video broadcast, each location could view the others, see other participants, and reminisce about university experiences. The message originated on campus and featured a message from Dean Patricia Ravert.

Four hundred and thirty-four BYU alumni, nursing alumni, and friends of the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University came together to create friendships. With participants at so many different locations celebrating, this year’s gatherings was the largest collective college-sponsored alumni event to date.


One attendee sharing feedback on a post-event survey said, “We liked seeing those from far away cities. We saw others around the country that we know or went to school with. Thank you for this event to keep us connected!” Another alum wrote, “I loved being able to connect to so many locations and see classmates in other areas!”

Plan to join a party next year on March 5, 2020. The broadcast will feature Dr. Sandra Rogers (BS ’74), former college dean and current international vice president at Brigham Young University; she is also chair of the BYU Women’s Conference. Her message of humor, deep insights, and a powerful testimony will only be available to those participating in a broadcast watch party.

The college is also partnering with BYU–Idaho Nursing to invite their nursing alumni across the nation to participate in their community. This unique collaboration will strengthen both alumni groups as they share the same values, profession, and sponsoring organization of their universities.

Hosts Make Night of Nursing Come Alive

Hosts offered to make Night of Nursing happen in their hometown, wherever that may be. These hosts, who were not paid or compensated, opened their homes to fellow nurses and BYU alumni out of the goodness of their hearts.

Emily Dougall (BS ’05, MS ’12) of Chesterfield, Michigan, was the gracious host for the Detroit, Michigan area. She was inspired to get involved after seeing pictures of Night of Nursing in other locations in 2018. She says, “After seeing friends and fellow BYU alumni post photos to Facebook last year of their Night of Nursing, I’ll admit I had a little Facebook envy. I felt left out. I decided I wanted to make it happen for my area the following year, even though I knew we’d be a very small gathering.” After making the preparations and using the hosting kit provided by the college, Dougall had great success.


Thanks to her employer that provided some supplies, Dougall’s hosting skills excelled as the refreshments for the party resembled a medical clinic lab. There was apple juice in specimen cups (urine collection), marshmallows (cotton balls), licorice ropes (blood vessels), cups of candy (morning meds), and homemade brownies.

She says, “There were five of us—three BYU alumna with myself, Jennifer W. Maruri (BS ’00), and Annette J. Dahl (BS ’05), and two additional nursing friends we know from the area. We had a great night and plan to make it happen again next year. The best part was purely the chance to talk and share our varied experiences in career, educational, and family paths. It is so insightful to see how others use their degrees and how they balance life after their degree. If you are wondering whether you should attend or not, do it! Never miss a chance to connect with someone new.”

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Nurses empathize with each other concerning the various experiences that they have in their line of work. By coming together, nurses strengthen one another and show that each is not alone. Heidi W. Schaber (BS ’05), the host for the Spokane, Washington, gathering, says “I think nursing is a unique profession and one where we can make quick bonds with other nurses who have the same love of service and caring for others.”

Holly B. Simmons, a BYU Humanities alumna from Arlington, Virginia, was the host for a Washington, DC, gathering. She believes it is important for nurses to have the chance to meet and says, “It helps to find other nurses who understand the stress; they provide advice and support to each other.” It was impactful to meet with other BYU alumni and share thoughts about their university experiences. She says, “One of our nurses shared several stories about his BYU professors and what they meant to him.”

Each host is given the liberty to customize their gathering of how they choose. Hosts are encouraged to be creative and celebrate nursing in different ways. Simmons used Night of Nursing as an opportunity to teach stake youth about the BYU nursing program. Opportunities like this can be especially impactful to young people who are still thinking about who they want to become.

Another host shared how her guests opened up to each other and connected. She says, “I invited nursing students, and it lifted everyone. My guests ended up sharing testimonies. It was moving.” Even though this host did not originally plan to have a testimony meeting, the Spirit was felt by all who attended, and she was grateful for the event’s flexibility.

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Corrine B. Nelson, a BYU Family, Home, and Social Sciences graduate hosted the event for the Dallas, Texas, area. She went above and beyond by serving dinner while guests shared memories of their time at BYU. Each attendee felt that she cared for and appreciated them, even though she did not study nursing while in school.

Networking is another reason Night of Nursing is so helpful to nursing alumni. Tammy B. Rampton (BS ’05), the host of the Boise, Idaho, gathering, says, “In talking with one another, we were all able to share job opportunities and ideas for different situations and needs as well as just enjoy the feeling of being in a group where you have an instant connection and common interests.” By finding these connections, nurses can find the best opportunities for their careers.

She believes the best part of Night of Nursing was visiting and getting to know other great nurses in her community. “Personally, my favorite part is hearing everyone’s story of what they have done in nursing and life since they graduated. They have worked in a variety of areas and had different ways of balancing nursing with the rest of life.”

College Support

To help make the process as seamless as possible, the College of Nursing staff helps hosts in any way they can. Assistance for advertising as well as potential activities is given to all volunteers.

Once a location is determined, the college sends postcard invitations to alumni in the area informing them of the party details (time, location, host, etc.).

Every host is sent a hosting kit, or party-in-a-box, to make the experience memorable. Included in the kit are BYU swag and prizes, games, balloons, a list of BYU nursing alumni invited to the location, and extra invites. Simmons says her favorite part of the hosting kit was the recipe for BYU mint brownies. Making this dessert brings a little bit of BYU into the event, regardless of where you are.


“As hosts, party-in-a-box makes us feel supported by BYU—we certainly feel unity and the spirit of the Y,” Simmons relates. These gatherings, regardless of the number of attendees, can bring the spirit of the Y into the lives of BYU alumni in your area.

Schaber says, “Hosting a Night of Nursing broadcast watch party is very easy. It is a fun activity that gives you satisfaction and helps you remember the Healer’s art. The evening is also a great way to share your BYU pride.”

You Are Not Alone

There are nurses wherever you go, and many times, a friend is out there waiting to make a connection. Schaber says, “There were more nursing alumni close by than we realized.” Night of Nursing will be continued as a tradition of fun, bringing strangers together and making friends who otherwise might not have met.

The next Night of Nursing is Thursday, March 5, 2020. There are two ways to participate: Host. Let us know if you are willing to host an event in your community by emailing nursingpr@byu.eduAttend. In February 2020, visit nightofnursing.com to view location details.

Hosts appreciate the party-in-a-box:

The materials and information you need to be successful are provided! (door prizes, raffle tickets, host guide, printed materials for participants, etc.)

The extra invites are great to send out to nurses in the area who are not BYU grads but are interested in networking.

Hosts may use the event to support their community, as an opportunity for youth in the community to learn about nursing as a career, as a university alumni chapter activity, or as a service project to support youth sports programs or collect refugee materials.

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.