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Meet Our Professors: Kevin Tipton, Nursing

Dr. Kevin Tipton has been a nurse in many different situations throughout his life. He now chooses to share his knowledge and passion for this subject with students at SUU as well as still work as a nurse part-time. He is able to be working as a nurse alongside students that he has taught in class here at SUU.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

How long have you been working at SUU?
10 years

Where did you grow up?
Springville, Utah

Where did you attend college and what did you study?  
-Bachelor’s in nursing at BYU
-Master’s in nursing administration at University of Phoenix
-Doctorate in Human Services, Health Care Administration at Capella University

Where did you work before coming to SUU?
I have worked for or taught nursing at 4 Utah schools in the system of higher learning.  I currently work part time for Intermountain Health Care in the emergency department at Cedar Hospital.  I am also currently the nurse for the Iron County Youth Justice Center.

When and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be?
I have always had an interest in emergency medicine so when it was time to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up I wanted something that supported my interest.  So I looked into the nursing field.  So I am a registered nurse by trade.

What do you find is the most interesting thing about your field?
Nursing itself, which includes nursing education, has such a wide variety of opportunities.  If a nurse really likes being a nurse they should never get bored, burnt out, or disinterested in doing nursing.  There are opportunities everywhere in every walk of life.

Favorite thing to teach about your subject?
One of the subjects I teach is Leadership and Management in Nursing.  As part of that topic one thing I like to emphasize is that followership fits in with equal importance to leadership and management.  Since most nurses do not aspire toward leadership, in their everyday actions they are leaders and for sure they are followers.  It takes very similar characteristics to do both.  If you are a good follower, the leadership falls into place.

Why do you love your field?
From the education side it is very rewarding to see students complete their nursing education and step into a field that is rewarding and yet challenging and can provide the greatest daily satisfaction if you let it.  From the practice side it is very rewarding to know that you can and do make a difference in other’s lives.

What has been your proudest moment working at SUU?
I think the times when pride is the overwhelming emotion is when I stand in the convocation line-up and watch all the SUU graduates and especially the nursing graduates march by on their way to receive what they have worked so hard for over the last several years.

What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class?
I usually try to impress on them the fact that college in general is hard.  It is a part of life different than anything they have experienced.  There are no short cuts through it and to realize for the next 4 plus years they are going to be working hard and making sacrifices to accomplish their education which will pay off and the experience will make them a better person all around.

What do you love about SUU?  
WOW! Having been associated with several colleges and universities in Utah I am sure that I have found a place that is meeting my needs and expectations.  I love the people, the support, the attitude and campus.