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.
Sometimes you just do things. That's why Gary Simonsen and his wife of 19 years, Linda, decided to fund an endowed scholarship at the BYU College of Nursing in honor of Gary's first wife, Ralene.
"Ralene fought with cancer and we felt that we needed to do something towards the medical side," Gary said. "I have a great love for BYU so naturally we thought of the BYU College of Nursing. We wanted to help young people as they glide into society."
Ralene was an effervescent individual who served people through church organizations, including the Relief Society, and gave of her time to help people in need.
"She served a lot of people in a lot of ways," Gary said. "I would hope that the individuals who receive this award would use their abilities to learn as a result of the scholarship to go forth and help others."
The desire to serve others isn't a quality unique to Ralene. Gary and Linda continue to bless the lives of others through humanitarian service. They were among the first couples to serve as Area Welfare Agents for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were assigned to oversee all welfare activities and programs in the South Pacific area which, including training at the individual, ward, branch, stake, district and mission levels. In an area subject to many natural disasters each year, the Simonsens often oversaw how to distribute humanitarian aid.
"It all ties together with helping people" Gary said. "That includes the humanitarian side; that's why we came up with the scholarship at the BYU College of Nursing."
The legacy of helping people has expanded to include the Simonsen's children. Gary has three daughters who work in the nursing field.