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.
John Killpack graduated from BYU in August 1993. He worked in the float pool at Utah Valley Regional
Medical Center (UVRMC) following graduation. He was then commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant
in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps in April 1994 and was stationed at Wilford
Hall Medical Center on Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas in the Coronary Care
Unit. While stationed in Texas, he also taught
Basic and Advanced EKG Interpretation, Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Course and
Critical Care Course and was an ACLS Instructor.
John attended the Graduate School of Nursing - Nurse
Anesthesia at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
in Bethesda, Maryland. He was a charter member of the Honor Society, a
precursor to Sigma Theta Tau chapter. After Graduation in October 1998, John became
a Staff Nurse Anesthetist at Malcom Grow Med Center, Andrews AFB, Maryland. He
served as Adjunct Clinical Faculty and Guest Lecturer, USUHS-Graduate School of
Nursing as well as clinical instructor for USUHS Medical School anesthesia
After working at Malcom Grow MC, he became part of a
multi-disciplinary team that opened the Center for Sustainment of Trauma and
Readiness Skills (CSTARS) out of the University of Maryland - Baltimore (RA Cowley
Shock-Trauma Center). There he became the Director of Anesthesia Services with
a mission to bring in post-graduate Air Force Medical teams to provide didactic
and clinical trauma management refresher courses as well as develop and
demonstrate extreme location medical care.
John was part of a five person team that could deploy on 15 minute
notice to provide ER, ICU and surgical capability for 10 critical or 20 acute
patients, with necessary equipment contained in five portable backpacks. He was able to respond to New York
City/McGuire AFB the evening of September 11, 2001, prepared to provide
critical care services. At CSTARS, he
was a TNCC instructor, adjunct clinical and didactic faculty for the University
of Maryland Graduate School of Nursing and USUHS Graduate School of
Nursing. He was also awarded the Company
Grade Nurse of the Quarter and Year in 2002.
Killpack left the Air Force in May 2004 as a Major and
moved to Cedar City, UT where he works as a nurse anesthetist based out of
Valley View Medical Center as well as two surgical centers. He served as the past president of Cedar Anesthesia
Group, the Chair Elect of the Utah State Board of Nursing, and as Adjunct
Faculty to Southern Utah University School of Nursing and Westminster College’s Graduate School of Nursing-Nurse
He is the father of 4 children ages 14-20 years old.