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What does the life of a BYU College of Nursing alum look like?

5/15/2020 9:53:46 AM - Quincey Taylor

As the interim academic director for Washington State University College of Nursing at WSU Tri-Cities in Spokane, Bevan Briggs (BS ’95) reflects often on his own nursing education. He works hard to make students’ experience great, remembering his time at BYU in the nursing program to guide him. He remembers being with a cohort of incredibly intelligent, caring people that all had similar beliefs and a passion for caring for others. Here is his story and what life looks like for one BYU nursing alum:

What did you first do after graduating from BYU?

After I graduated from BYU, I worked as an RN in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  While I was there, I attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, and earned my MS degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Being a Nurse Practitioner has been my passion for the past 20 years. After graduating from Idaho State University, we made our way to Richland, Washington (one of the Tri-Cities, Richland, Kennewick, Pasco). I worked as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department and in urgent care clinics.

I have always valued having nurses work at the top of their abilities, so to be able to do that I earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Alabama. My DNP project dealt with informatics and the project allowed me to make a lot of connections and gain skills in working with electronic health records and clinical documentation. For the past several years I worked clinically in an urgent care clinic and also did informatics work for the health system.

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