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2020 USNA Convention Recap


Future BYU SNA president Jessica Daynes (fifth from the right) worked hard with her team to make the USNA Conference on Saturday a success. Photo courtesy of SNA publicity director Kami Christiansen.

By Quincey Taylor

On February 15, 2020, nursing professionals came together to educate and connect with the next generation of nurses. At the Utah Student Nurses Association 68th Annual Convention, students learned why nursing truly is a work of heart.

Attendees had the chance to choose from a plenitude of breakout sessions to hear about a variety of topics, from opioid usage to LGBTQ+ nursing to labor and delivery. Three BYU faculty members had the chance to speak. Associate teaching professor Dr. Craig Nuttall spoke about altitude sickness, assistant teaching professor Scott Summers covered hypothermia and heat illnesses, and assistant teaching professor Dr. Noreen Oeding delved into neonatal nursing. Each one spoke with passion and a conviction for their topics.


Everyone was excited to hear from this year’s speakers. Photo courtesy of Christiansen.

Next year’s BYU SNA president Jessica Daynes said about the experience, “It was a great opportunity for nursing students and pre-nursing students to network with other professionals. A chance to meet other nursing students from outside of Utah is super useful. Once I graduate, I will be able to go to come of my friends I made at these conventions and open up a lot of opportunities.”

The keynote speaker was Joan Otten, who has dedicated her life to preventing child abuse. She shared the touching story of her granddaughter who was a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome. This tragedy was the spark that motivated Otten to participate in local legislature, eventually passing Miley’s Law in 2017. This law resulted in the creation of the Utah Child Abuse Registry, which would allow parents and guardians to make informed decisions about who spends time with their children. Daynes remarks, “It definitely got the tears flowing.”


Daynes looks forward to next year’s events. It should be an exciting time for SNA. Photo courtesy of Christiansen.

Daynes is excited to continue working with SNA next year and to continue to create other unforgettable experiences. Her and her board members have many exciting plans for the future. She says, “It’s going to take work, but I’m ready to do my best.”


Thanks, SNA For Another Great Year!

By Jessica Tanner

What do J-Dawgs, College of Nurses’ students, and a dunk-tank all have in common? All were at yesterday’s closing social for the Student Nursing Association. The society is student-run and works to coordinate events and help students become more involved in the community.

At the closing social, students were able to enjoy the crisp but sunny spring weather, eat food, chat, and dunk their favorite teacher or staff member. Assistant Teaching Professor Scott Summers was a particularly popular target as students got him back (in good humor) for a tough semester in his Pharmacology class.

SNA knows how to have fun. Izzy Algeier, SNA’s newly nominated president says that SNA strives to “provide different activities so that they can de-stress and be able to have fun, make relationships, and ultimately to become more unified as a college.”  They also know when to be professional. “Our vision is to help students…have professional opportunities while they’re in the nursing program,” says Algeier.

“It’s been awesome,” says Kami Christiansen, an SNA board member. “I got to go to the National Student Nursing Association conference. That was way fun.” At NSNA, students represented BYU and its values. “I’m grateful for it,” says Christiansen as she looks forward to future involvement.

The evening also included the announcements of the recipients of the SNA Scholarship. Congratulations to Jessica Daynes, Camille Johnson, Megan Western, Christina Hobson, and Katy Harrison. These students showed excellence in participating in several professional and service-oriented SNA events.

Thanks to all SNA members who have made these opportunities and events possible. We look forward to another year!


The new way to SNA

The delegate for the BYU College of Nursing has typically been pretty lonely at the annual National Student Nurse’s Association (NSNA) convention, but thanks to some creative thinking by the college SNA board, that’s about to change.

Instead of paying semester dues for SNA, students can now buy a package deal that includes two years membership to SNA, USNA [Utah] and NSNA. As new students buy the package, the college’s NSNA membership and voting power will increase.

“The main reason we made the change was to increase our voice at the national convention,” says Jim Kohl, an associate teaching professor and the SNA faculty advisor. “For however many students are registered with the NSNA, we get a vote at the national convention. It helps us with more votes so we can influence policy change.”

The new wave of students coming in has already increased the College of Nursing’s membership from 10 to around 50. With all the new members, the college will get around two or three delegates at the next conference. As membership grows, more delegates will be able to make the College of Nursing’s voice heard at the NSNA conferences.

“Taking the principles that we stand for as members of the LDS church to the national conference will make a huge impact,” says Chalese Adams, SNA president. “We’ll be able to help people gain a different perspective on nursing when they’re voting on policies. Advocating for the healer’s art at the national level is something no other school besides BYU can do.”

Chalese Adams explains the benefits of SNA and NSNA to College of Nursing students. Students can sign up with SNA members or at SNA events.

Chalese Adams explains the benefits of SNA and NSNA to College of Nursing students. Students can sign up with SNA board members or at SNA events.

In addition to SNA, USNA and NSNA membership, students who buy the $200 package will also get their BLS certification.

“Students would already be paying more than $100 for their BLS certification alone,” Kohl says. “With the package they get that and membership in SNA, USNA and NSNA.”

David Adams, SNA first vice president, recently got into George Washington University’s graduate program, his number one choice. He feels that his SNA and NSNA membership were a major contribution to him getting in.

“Graduate schools eat that stuff up, so do people who are looking to hire recent graduates,” he says. “They love seeing that you’re willing to do something outside of yourself and not just focus 100 percent on school. They want people who can multi-task and they can see that when SNA and NSNA are on your resume.”

The SNA board members hope that through SNA, USNA and NSNA membership, no student will reach their senior year and realize they have nothing that sets them apart from other recent graduates.

“With nursing you could get a job out there pretty easily,” Kohl says. “But if you want THE job, your prime job, having leadership roles in school are going to make you stand out far above other people.”

Students interested in signing up for the package deal can talk to Chalese or any of the other faculty involved with SNA. They will also have the opportunity to sign up at any SNA activity, including this weeks’s SNA Twister activity on Saturday, January 30 at 10am in the WILK west ballroom.

By Nate Brown—BYU College of Nursing public relations assistant

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.