Becoming an FNP: Giving a Voice to Society’s Most Vulnerable

By Emily Felt

Atalie evaluating children’s anemia rates on her study abroad in Ecuador.

In 2017, Atalie Bradshaw was a regular BYU Nursing graduate, excited to apply her knowledge of “the Healers art” in her career. Since then, she has cared for thousands of people in various units, the most recent being in the Covid and Respiratory/Sepsis units at Utah Valley Hospital. Today, because of her confidence, dedication, and passion for nursing she has won the College of Nursing’s 3 Minute Thesis competition where grad students present the dissertations they’ve worked on for the past 2 years in 3 minutes or less with one Powerpoint slide.

Dr. Neil Peterson, graduate program coordinator and judge of the 3-Minute Thesis competition says, “Atalie Bradshaw’s presentation stood out in a number of ways. Her topic was timely, and she made it relatable to anyone watching. Did you know that nearly 1 in 4 women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime? I didn’t either. This study will inform interdisciplinary practices on identifying sexual assault and should improve sexual assault care and criminal justice outcomes for these women.”

Atalie’s thesis is monumental because its different than previous studies on sexual assault injuries. For example, out of the eighty studies she read, the sample populations consisted of 80 to 200 people with the largest consisting of 1,000 subjects. Atalie’s sample population consists of 5,400 women, increasing its validity and making it an influential study in the field of sexual assault.

How will this study affect you?

“As a nurse you will encounter women who have been victims of sexual assault and it’s important to understand these sorts of injury patters so you can better give healthcare to these women.” Atalie says. She emphasizes in her research how its necessary for Family Nurse Practitioners and RNs alike to understand the mental and physical trauma that comes from sexual assault, and how imperative it is take the essential steps to provide the best care for these women.

Becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner is one way you like Atalie, can make a real difference.

Family Nurse Practitioners provide high-quality, patient-centered care and are labeled as primary care providers. They make an impact in the world as they examine, diagnose, and treat their patients, and are consistently learning.

Learning how to cast.

When asked what made her decide to become an FNP, Atalie says “I’ve always wanted to further my education and was really interested in preventative health and global health initiatives. While there is definitely a lot you can do with these as an RN, its more helpful to be able to diagnose, prescribe, and treat patients.”

The mission of BYU’s FNP program is to help each student become a phenomenal nurse practitioner and a powerful voice for change. BYU FNP graduates are highly sought after and more than half end up publishing their theses in medical journals. Unlike other FNP programs, BYU’s is all in person. According to Atalie,“Being in an in-person setting is massively important. It so helpful to have hands on experience and to have professors that are right there in front of you that you can go to for help because you’re going to need it.”

Like Atalie, you have the potential to be a voice for change. One way you can accomplish this is by becoming a nurse practitioner. Whether it’s through your research or patient care, you have real potential to significantly impact the medical field.

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