The College Handoff. Have you heard of it? We sure hope you have! The College Handoff is the college’s next big project that we hope will revolutionize the way you learn about nursing and all of its possibilities.
The College Handoff was born this past summer during a slow day in the Kimball Tower. COVID-19 was raging and alumni events such as Career Night and the Speed Luncheon were at serious risk of being canceled months in advance. We, as the College Media Team, knew how valuable those events were to both our alumni and current students. Through those events networking is facilitated, important field information is passed along and, possibly most importantly, memories are shared between all of those involved. Everyone in the College knew that we couldn’t allow COVID to just rip away those treasured experiences.
The question was then how we were going to create a worthwhile alternative to those events. After a few weeks of research, brainstorming and deliberating we came to a decision: a podcast. We were going to create a podcast where nurses, recruiters and others could share their expertise to our BYU nursing community without having to be together in person. In essence, it would be a Career Night you could listen to whenever and wherever is easiest for you!
The mountain we had to climb to get the podcast up and running was enormous, and as the summer went along, we realized we would need help to make sure we were successful. This led to hiring two new members to the Media Team: Adia Hansen and Donovan Kelly. For those of you who have listened to the show already, you may recognize Adia’s voice. Adia is a 3rd semester student in our program whose dream was to be a part of a podcast, and is now one of our awesome co-hosts! Donovan, a photography major, is our editor and producer. Their unique talents, skillsets and knowledge are incredible assets for the podcast.
Once we had the team in place, weeks were spent sending out and analyzing a survey, calling and contacting potential guests and arranging the equipment for the show. We knew this was going to be our COVID solution, so we knew we had to go all in.
Finally, after weeks of working and planning, we had all the parts in place to begin. Long-time Media Team member Corbin Smith was paired up with Adia to make the dynamic host duo and we hit the ground running.
As of today, two episodes have been published by The College Handoff. The first episode featured recently appointed associate dean Julie Valentine. During her interview with Adia she talked about what a normal day looks like for her as a forensic nurse and what a student could do to become a forensic nurse in the future. That episode was followed by an interview with Gregg Hale, a recruiter for Steward Health Care here in Utah valley. Those episodes as well as all future episodes can be found on Spotify and Apple Podcasts!
We don’t plan on stopping anytime soon, however! We have a great deal of awesome episodes dropping in the coming weeks. For example, a nutritionist will be sharing tips for stressed out nursing students who want to live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. We also are talking to a familiar mental health nurse who tells us about his mind-boggling, triple digit mile race he ran in less than 2 days and how mental resilience helped him do it. Basically, if you can’t tell, we have amazing guests coming soon, so don’t miss another episode!
The College Handoff will continue to publish episodes each Tuesday for the rest of the Fall 2020 semester. Although COVID is not allowing us to be together in person, we hope this podcast will help you feel connected to the College of Nursing wherever you may be. The show is not only for students, either! Alumni looking to transition into a new branch of nursing, or even those who just want to learn about what other nurses and professionals are doing to share the Healer’s Art will find that The College Handoff is the perfect way to relax and learn each week.
See you next Tuesday!