A Nursing Example of Service and Caring

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Dr. Sabrina Jarvis (right) with her sister.

Sabrina Jarvis recently retired from the College of Nursing at Brigham Young Univesity. Below is a brief summary of her career.

Never one to stop learning, associate teaching professor Dr. Sabrina Jarvis’s educational path reflects her celebrated dedication and hard work. In 1976 she received an associate degree in nursing from Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, and in 1985, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1990 she received her nursing master’s degree from BYU, where she was honored as valedictorian. She completed her doctor of nursing practice from the University of Utah in 2009.

For more than 40 years Jarvis has worked as a nurse in many settings, including piloting the nurse practitioner role in the adult surgical intensive care unit at the veterans’ medical center in Salt Lake; she received its Surgical Service Excellence Award in 1991, and two national recognitions from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She enjoys the challenges of caring for critically ill-patients and giving service to veterans as a certified family and acute-care nurse practitioner at the Center for Change Psychiatric Hospital in Orem, Utah.

Her academic career began as a part-time clinical instructor for the University of Utah in 1992, and later with Salt Lake Community College. She started at BYU in 2001 as adjunct faculty, became an assistant teaching professor in 2008, and reached her current position in 2014, where she spends the majority of her time mentoring graduate students.

Jarvis obtained a presidential citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2013, received two recognitions from the Utah Nurse Practitioners—Excellence in Education in 2006 and Excellence in Clinical Practice in 2007. As an honor to her significant career achievements, she became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2011.

Her creative works are just as impressive with seven manuscripts reviewed, five articles published in peer-reviewed journals, six book chapters, three invited online educational modules developed, and over 20 invited podium presentations during her career. (Some SCCM annual lectures involved keeping the material fresh and exciting for over six hours at a time!)

With more spare time on the horizon, Jarvis looks forward to more road trips and adventures with family and friends, traveling in her convertible car, enjoying her fur babies (two dogs and a cat), and gardening. But she will always enjoy her time at BYU.

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