On November 14th, the BYU College of Nursing gathered alumni, faculty, and students for its annual graduate program alumni dinner.
This event, a cherished tradition, serves as a platform to strengthen connections among former classmates and faculty, foster a sense of community, and acknowledge outstanding achievements within the program.
Each year, the College names a “Preceptor of the Year” and “Student of the Year” and honors them at the alumni dinner. This year, Aubree Argyle was named the “Preceptor of the Year” for the second consecutive year. Aubree, a dedicated Nurse Practitioner with a women’s clinic at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, received praise from multiple student nominations, commending her exceptional patience, expertise, wisdom, and unwavering dedication to the nursing profession. One student said, “Aubree Argyle is an amazing preceptor who truly loves teaching and loves being a primary care provider”. And another, “Aubree is approachable, patient, and encouraging”.
In addition, Laura Butler, the “Student of the Year”, was selected by the graduate program faculty. Craig Nuttall, the program coordinator, cited Butler's outstanding contributions and commitment to her studies. Of her character, her preceptor Dr. Robert Durrans said he, "Loves working with Laura. She is the kind of Nurse Practitioner (NP) that you want to hire. She is hard-working, diligent, and caring." Craig's recommendation and the kind words of other faculty cemented her nomination and selection as "Student of the Year".
This year’s dinner coincided with the first ever “Nurse Practioner Week in Utah” as named by Utah Governor Cox. In this spirit, Craig Nuttall gave remarks that reflected on the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at BYU. He spoke about the faculty’s vision and extended an invitation to alumni attendees. This invitation asked alumni to share their experience with the BYU FNP program with friends and colleagues and to follow up by asking them to consider applying to the program. As the College continues to uphold the Healer's Art, all nursing students and professionals are invited to join in caring for the individual and collectively transforming the world.
Overall, the annual alumni dinner was a huge success as former and current students and faculty gathered for a night of networking, celebration, and good company.