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.
“The most meaningful cultural experience I had during this course was definitely the experiences I had while teaching refugee families in their homes. It would have been one thing to sit down with them in a classroom at AAU or a library and deliver a lesson to each family but going to their homes was so much more intensive for both the families and us. We got to see what their culture really was like and got to know them individually. But most importantly I feel like I experienced their culture. We were able to see how they interact with their family and friends, how they cook, how they clean, how they dress, what they do in their spare time, and most significantly we were able to see the real and personal struggles that their families were having in adjusting to life in a new country. The families opened their homes to us, which made them very vulnerable. Through these experiences I felt like I could really become submersed in their culture.”
“Seeing families take pride in their culture and work hard to continue certain practices, as well as just being excited about things from home makes me realize how strongly matters to us personally. I need to be aware of this as I care for my patients as I nurse. I need to show interest in who they are because of the group and culture they are a part of not just about their illness in general. When I teach and give recommendations, I first need to get a general idea of what my patients believe and know. The cultural experiences I had this semester will change the questions I ask and advice I give to patients in the future. I need to know what their recourses are so I’m not telling them, for example, to clean when they do not know how or do not have access to needed materials. I have a greater respect for other cultures then I did before this semester. It is amazing how perspective can do that. For example, it was pointed out in class that a priesthood blessing could be considered alternative therapy. This changed my view on the alternative therapies of other cultures.”