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.
Nancy Stowe Kader graduated from Ben Lomond High School, Ogden, Utah then enrolled
at Brigham Young University, where she earned a BS in nursing. She worked as an
RN for over 20 years in critical care nursing (10 years of which were at Utah Valley
Regional Medical Center). While living in Utah, she served on the Utah State Board
of Nursing. Her true love is ICU, because, "Every ethical issue confronts you
there. It made me think about the theory behind it what does it mean to society
which eventually prompted my interest in pursuing ethics as a PhD study."
Nancy met her husband, Omar, while a student at BYU. He taught political science
and international relations at BYU for several years before the family moved to
Virginia, at which time he launched his own business, providing consulting for government
contract work around the world. His expertise in terrorism is a significant element
in the broad scope of his company.
Nancy earned a PhD from the University of Maryland in 2005 in philosophy, with an
emphasis in bioethics. She has been an adjunct faculty, teaching professional ethics,
medical ethics, and introduction to ethics; she is also qualified to teach philosophy.
She has worked as a consultant in managed care and efficiency studies, both in private
industry and government contracting. She has also worked at the Institute of Medicine,
the medical research branch of the National Academy of Science. She is currently
a member of a state-wide board that allocates and provides health services for the
state of Virginia and assists in decisions on certificate of need, relative to hospital
growth and expansion. Writing is an enjoyable diversion, and she has published an
article in a journal for social workers. Nancy also provides ethics case reviews
for a large fertility clinic in the DC area, assisting them on their ethical issues.
Hobbies include reading (history, detective novels, philosophy) and being involved
in politics. While living in Utah she was chair of the Utah County Democratic Party
and ran the county campaign to elect Governor Scott Matheson.
Of her experience as an undergraduate student, Nancy says, "One of the things
I liked about BYU was that the curriculum was scientifically grounded and provided
a larger world view. I like their international program. It is very important to
advance the nursing profession and look to hard science. Nursing is based in science---patient
care consists of much more than backrubs---and while some people still think of
nurses as nothing more than 'nice girls', we need to demonstrate that our practice
is established on a huge, difficult knowledge base and that nursing is a scientific
branch of the field of medicine."
The Kaders, who live in Vienna, Virginia, have four sons, three of whom live on
the East coast, and one in California. They eagerly anticipate the birth of their
second grandchild in 2008.