After earning her B.S. as part of the school’s fourth graduating class, Ivey became a public health nurse for the City of San Bernardino. With five years of experience, she returned to UCLA and earned an M.S. in Nursing Administration. Ivey then went back to the San Bernardino County Health Department as a supervising public health nurse and progressed through positions of increasing responsibility until she became chief of community health services, a position she held for 10 years. In that role, Ivey worked actively to solve the problems of the community by collaborating with and leading communities in addressing issues of children at risk, homelessness, hearing impairment, ethics, teen pregnancy, and healthcare reform. In 1999, Ivey was involved in the planning and implementation of a Masters in Nursing program at California State University San Bernardino; she was a consultant for the program from 1999 until her death in 2008. Ivey also served as an associate clinical professor at Loma Linda University School of Nursing for 25 years and as a lecturer at the UCLA School of Nursing.