Justice Salvey

Wyakin Warrior

US Navy

Boise State Nursing Student


My nursing mentor, Jenny, helped me in many ways through the application process at Boise State University. Not only did she take the time to sit down with me on multiple occasions to discuss how the application process worked, the steps of the process, and what to expect during each phase, but she also held “mock” interviews for me so that I knew what type of questions would be asked during the final interview. This gave me the opportunity to answer questions using critical thinking when answering difficult questions in a professional manner. She was able to give me feedback and encouragement after each interview. Due to her being thorough with every detail and clear down to the outfit that I was going to wear, I was able to complete my final interview with confidence, professionalism, and dignity. I truly feel that I would not have been accepted into the program without her help. 

Being accepted into the Boise State Nursing Program means more than I can put into words. I have always had a passion for healthcare, even throughout my military career as a Corpsman. I am a single mother of two, and being accepted into a career path that I enjoy while sufficiently providing for my family is a blessing.

This is a major stepping stone in my life that not only affects me and my future but it also affects my children and their well-being. When I received my acceptance letter, all I could do was cry tears of joy while hugging each of them, knowing that I made it because they are my motivation in every decision that I make. This next step in pursuing my BSN is a very important step for me and my family. This step means that I will be able to provide a better life for my children financially.

I live every day for my children and being able to provide for them in every aspect in life means the world to me. Obtaining my BSN gives me the opportunity to obtain a job with a higher pay rate, therefore, I will earn more income for their needs. 

The biggest thing that I am excited about during my education is putting my prior medical experience into the learning objectives and expanding my knowledge in the medical field. After graduation, I hope to continue my education to become a Nurse Practitioner. However, I would also like to gain experience as a nurse working in trauma or forensic patient care. 


The Warrior-Mentor relationship is one of the most important dynamics in the Wyakin program. Warriors and their mentors form a close, one-on-one connection that challenges, inspires, and supports. Mentors have a direct, vested interest in the success, growth, and well-being of the Warrior’s future and wellness in transition.

Are you interested in learning more about to become a mentor with the Wyakin Foundation? You can fill out the Mentor Application to begin the process.