Meet the Dean
Meet the Dean of the College of Nursing: Dean Patricia Ravert
Former student, Andrea Gardner, poses as Florence Nightingale at the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s death (2010).
Graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program celebrate following College of Nursing convocation.
Graduate Program Outcomes
The Family Nurse Practitioner program is ranked among the top nursing graduate schools in the nation.
Public and Global Health
The Public and Global Health course provides opportunities for students to practice nursing skills abroad.
The Healer's Art
The bi-annual college magazine informs alumni and friends of nursing events and activities.
Research and Conferences
Students attend a conference in Madison, WI.
A MEG grant facilitates student learning in the Navajo Nation.
Allison Varga James graduated from BYU in August 1993. She worked at Tuscon Medical Center in the
pediatrics department for 1 year prior to serving in the New York Utica mission
from 1994-1996. Upon returning from her
mission, she worked in the Intensive Care Nursery at Phoenix Children's Hospital
(Phoenix, AZ) from 1996-2001 and became a bereavement counselor, providing
follow-up to families whose babies had died in the nursery.Allison has also managed a Cooperative Agreement with the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for birth defect surveillance
for the Arizona Department of Health Services starting in 2001. She became very involved with promoting folic
acid intake among women of childbearing age for neural tube defect prevention
and helping families of children born with birth defects get connected with
community and government services.
In 2003, she became the manager of the Arizona Birth Defects
Monitoring Program and served in that role until 2007, when she gave birth to her
first child. She concurrently served as conference planning committee co-chair
for the National Birth Defects Prevention Network.
Allison has had three children and has been home taking care
of them since 2007. Her second son, Ian, died in the summer of 2010 in a
drowning accident. Since his death, she has been working with the CEO of a new
Children's Hospital in Arizona to encourage the hospital to develop better
protocols for supporting families whose children die in the emergency room. She
has been asked to be an advisor on a committee organized to write this protocol.