Nightingale College has a biannual company-wide conference called FLAME! FORWARD! in which all collaborators fly in from across the country to attend workshops and trainings, to be updated on the state of the College, and to participate in Giveback Day – a Nightingale tradition of giving back to the community.

The term FLAME! FORWARD! refers to the flame that Florence Nightingale carried in her lamp as she tirelessly cared for ailing soldiers in the Crimean War. All collaborators are encouraged to follow Florence Nightingale’s example in their dealings with learners, collaborators, and their communities.

“When we say ‘I am Nightingale’ it doesn’t mean that we ARE Florence (although sometimes I feel like I’m channeling her),” said Mikhail Shneyder, CEO and President of Nightingale College during the first day of the trainings, “it means that we are engaged in creating a better world as she did.”


Day 1 – Company Alignment

Shneyder addressed all collaborators on Monday, presenting Maslow’s path to becoming self-actualized. Shneyder emphasized the importance of disconnecting from technology, and not letting your ego get in the way of your learning. “The ego is constantly in fear of what 

other people think,” he said. “Sometimes people think they are done learning when they get to a certain point in their career, or a certain degree, but in reality, we should never stop learning.”


Collaborators walked away with a new vision of what they could become by aligning with the College’s vision.  Karen Sincerbeaux said that her biggest takeaway from the day was “There is no end to what we can accomplish when we work together for a common goal!”

Day 1 also included an awards dinner where 10 previously nominated collaborators were presented with FLAME! FORWARD! awards for exemplifying the company values, one was inducted into the Founder’s Club, one given a Spark award, and three given ELEVATE awards for improving the College’s processes. Congratulations to the winners!



Day 2 – Function Alignment

On Tuesday, collaborators divided into their functions to improve processes and procedures, report on current projects’ progress, and receive updates from other functions. The Nursing Education function used this time to update the faculty on the importance of discussions and unifying their grading scale.

In financial aid, the collaborators had a round-table discussion of how to implement the concepts they learned the day before into their interactions with learners. Hope James, an advisor in financial aid, said that she learned, “Everyone is not at the same stage of emotional evolution. We must remember that when dealing with learners and other collaborators.”


Day 3 – The Speed of Trust

Collaborators were excited for the third day of the event, which was Franklin Covey’s speed of Trust training. The presentation focused on what we can do to increase trust in our relationships and with ourselves, and thus reduce costly “trust taxes.”

Jamila Lowe, our career and alumni services coordinator, said, “I particularly enjoyed the speed of trust seminar. In the packet that was handed out there is a quote by Warren Buffett that really stood out to me: ‘Trust is like the air we breathe. When it is present, no one really notices. When it is absent, everyone notices.’ In our ever evolving world trust is something, although important, hasn’t been given as much attention as it should, which is strange since trust is the basis around which all human relationships revolve, and without it there can be no relationship. Trust, in my opinion, is something we can always improve on throughout all the facets of our lives. In essence trust is loyalty. Creating a workplace rooted in trust will create a shortcut to action, and it is through this action we will build and support better health and better humanity, for a better world.”



Day 4 – Faculty Development

Faculty Development is a time for our faculty to connect and re-sync to the College’s mission, vision, and values, along with developments in our curriculum and updates to our delivery methods. “I learned that I work with amazing, kindred spirits,” said Mindy Bramwell, an instructor in our ADN Program, “I was again impressed by the vision of the College, and the dedication we show to ourselves, our collaborators, and our learners.”  




Day 5 – Give Back Day

Faculty and staff in Salt Lake City gave back at Kearns High School and the Catholic Community Services Sharehouse this year. Kearns High offers botany classes as part of their science curriculum, and their students learn how to grow different plants in an outdoor garden. Nightingale collaborators helped clean out and weed the garden beds in preparation for the spring planting.

Those who went to the Catholic Community Services Sharehouse in downtown Salt Lake City sorted through donations from dividing silverware into bags to moving mattresses and organizing the appliances. Although they got pretty sweaty and dusty, nothing feels better than giving back and lending a hand!


Because the didactic faculty is so widely spread out, most of the time the people who don’t live around the Operations Support Center in Salt Lake City complete their own Giveback Day in another area. A group of faculty in Twin Falls sorted hundreds of files for a pregnancy crisis center, Brooke Facer, the assistant manager, marketing,  twisted balloons at a brain cancer fundraiser, and Earlene Cooper, an instructor in Utah, dressed up as Pikachu for a special celebration for foster children.



FLAME! FORWARD! is a time for all collaborators to take a break from their normal routines and really focus on why they do what they do at Nightingale.

I think this event is important because it allows collaborators to take some time away from their work and focus on developing and improving themselves,” said Mackenzie Peterson, our admissions assistant. “I was able to reflect on what trust meant to me and think about how I can enhance my relationships by building better trust.”

We hope that as our collaborators return to work in preparation for the busy start of the semester, they will remember what it means to carry Nightingale’s flame forward by always learning, trusting, and giving back. FLAME! FORWARD!

See a slideshow of the week below!


Carson Young is the manager of our Academic Technology department. You might have talked to Carson on the phone if you had a problem logging into Canvas, but did you know that he played the accordion? Well now you do! Get to know Carson and many other fun facts out him in our most recent installment of Get to Know You: Staff and Faculty!

What do you do, what are some functions of your job?

I manage the Learning Management System, otherwise known as Canvas. Anywhere from adding content to customer service, and helping the learners access their courses or orientation. Troubleshooting, tech support, More IT-ish, for the software.

How does your position relate to the learners?

Well as far as IT is concerned, we’re kindof the first line of defense, so if they have issues logging in to Canvas, or maybe they can log into Canvas but are having issues logging into their course. We also help them with their Outlook accounts, so they come to us for that. We also help them a lot with testing and proctor testing.

What is your favorite part of your job?

(Sitting at his rolling desk) Sitting at this extremely mobile desk. You know, constant entertainment here. You don’t believe me? It’s true.

Share one piece of advice for the learners

It’s a quote from Gladiator, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”

Which of the seven values is your favorite?

They’re obviously all good. I like integrity. I think it’s the one that I most need to work on, that’s why. Because you can never have too much integrity. If you say something, you’ve got to do it.

If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be?

What would be a cool animal to have? I think a cool animal would be a Chupacabra? A Chupacabra, haha. In my last neighborhood I was a scout master, so we sit all the boys down and we’re like “Okay, we need to make a troop flag, throw out some ideas, what do you want it to be?” They came up with a Chupacabra. We made the coolest flag. We went to scout camp and everyone was jealous. (A chupacabra is a mythical creature that resembles a dog with spines).

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do for fun?

Oooooh, movies! I love movies and reading. My favorite movie is Gladiator, the Russell Crowe Gladiator, that’s my favorite movie, followed by Braveheart. My favorite book, you know what book I have read tons of times that I really really like is The Gates of Fire by Stephen Presfield. It’s like gladiator-ish. Few against many, defying odds, I guess.

Tell us one life goal.

To be able to play the piano. I played the accordion. That was back in the day, I could never play it now, but I loved it. And you know my friends would always say “Ugh, we have to go to piano lessons,” right? And I was like “What?” And now I’m like “Dang it, I wish I would have done something like that.”

It’s obvious Carson is a load of fun. We love having him in Software Management!

How long have you been at Nightingale and what do you do here?


I’ve been with Nightingale College for 9 months now. I’m the College Registrar and I love my job. I provide transcript evaluations for learners who have attended different schools and are wanting to bring in those credits to transfer here. The Registrar’s Office manages all the academic records for our learners; therefore, we must ensure that we are always in compliance with our accreditors. Registrar’s Office continuously follows up with learners to ensure that we receive all required paperwork needed for their academic files. We manage attendance keeping; therefore, we check attendance weekly to ensure that our learners are attending their courses and if they’re not, we must take the steps to either withdraw them or put them on probation. I also register all learners for their courses every semester.


What is your favorite part of your job?


I enjoy the pressure that is put on me to ensure we are always in compliance and are meeting deadlines. I also enjoy the interactions that I get to have with our learners. It’s not very often, but helping our learners reach their goals even if it is just by ensuring that they get transcripts on time or their schedules put in right away brings joy to me.


Where did you go to school? What’s your degree in?


I went to school at California State University of Bakersfield, and I received my Bachelor’s degree in teaching. I wanted to teach math, but Calculus changed my mind.

What is something that is important to you?


Something that I think is important is my family. They all live in California. I strive every day to ensure that I am always talking to someone because I love my family more than anything. I have to know what they are doing at all times to know that they’re still a part of my life, even though I’m here.


If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go?


Israel. That is my dream, to go to Israel. I just want to walk where Jesus walked and see where he was baptized and everything.

Out of confidence, competence, and compassion, which do you think best describes you?


Compassion, for sure. I think that was just a personality trait that I was born with I just have so much love for people and my heart just breaks for anyone who doesn’t have what they need. I like to think that I would do anything for anyone. I would open my house and my arms to anyone who needed it, because you never know what their story is, and where they’re coming from, and why they’re in the position they’re in, and so my heart just breaks for them.



When you’re not at work, what do you like to do for fun?


Watch the Walking Dead with my husband. The Walking Dead is our favorite show right now, we’re re-watching it.



Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?


Tacos. I like both, but I feel like I can only handle so much sushi. Sushi is almost an acquired taste, sometimes it’s too much fish, whereas with tacos it’s just unlimited.


What is your favorite part about Nightingale?


Just the encouragement that I get professionally, developing myself. I’m starting my Master’s next year, next January, and I don’t think I would have taken that step if it hadn’t been for Nightingale just encouraging that. And always professionally developing yourself.


Eric CoxWe are excited to announce a new position within the Learner Advising and Life Resources (LALR) Department, the Military Advisor. Eric Cox will be celebrating his three-year work-iversay in September. He started his journey with the College being a General Education (GE) instructor teaching Social Sciences. However, with his twenty-seven years experience in the military, he became interested in serving the College in a different fashion and gravitated toward the Military Advisor position. Joining an incredible team of learner advocates in LALR, we are thrilled to share that Eric is the new Military Advisor for learners.

To learn more about services provided by Nightingale College’s LALR Department, click here.

What is your current position?

Military Advisor

What interested you about the Military Advisor position?

I served in the military (Army/Air Force) for 27 years in both combat and medical capacities. I worked with nearly every specialty among all the services. I understand the challenges facing military members, both active and reserve, and their families. One of my favorite roles while in the military was a mentor. I very much enjoyed getting to know those I worked with, their passions and goals, and then helping them achieve them. I see this role as something very similar.

How does your position relate to learners?

I’m sure you know what LALR does. I’ll just focus on the military side but work with any learner.

What are you most excited about in your new position?

See #3

Share one piece of advice for the learners of Nightingale.

Don’t play leap frog with a unicorn.

Finish this sentence: When I am not at work, you can find me . . . 

See the next response.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Golf, boating, hiking, fishing, hunting, shooting.

Health and wellness is a passion of yours. How would you advise our learners to implement a regular fitness routine into their schedule? 

Eric CoxVery similar to #2 above

From your personal experience, what advice and tips would you give to our learners about time management?

Big rocks first. You’ve probably seen the demonstration or heard the example. Take a jar, some bigger rocks and lots of small rocks/sand. If you put the smaller rocks in first there won’t be room for all the big rocks. But if you put the big rocks in first, all the smaller ones will fit in there. So do some life triage and discover which things are the most important and take care of those first. There will always be time to get to enough of the lower priority things.

What are three things you learned that has helped you become the person you are today?

Serve selflessly, respect is earned, don’t panic (you’re more likely to die if you do)

Tell us about your military experience. Did you have a specialty? Any fun moments that you would like to share?

Eric Cox Eric CoxIn the Army I was an 11C – Indirect Fire Infantry (I shot mortars). An interesting moment anyway. I shot the 107-mm mortar which was prone to misfires after the firing tube got hot. During a fire mission we experienced a hung round so everyone but me moved 50 meters away since the round had a 40 meter kill radius. As the gunner, my job was to jump up and down on the firing tube and try to get the round to fire. The round made it to the firing pin and KABOOM. Scared me pretty good.

In the Air Force I was a 43A – Aerospace and Operational Physiologist. One of the most fun things I did was jump out of airplanes and helicopters. I attached a few pics. The mortar in the track is like the one I shot. The other two are of me. The one in the plane is just before we jumped and the other is landing (obviously). Although I should have included one of me showing off my superb mouse and keyboard skills.