WSU Nurse Practitioners Will See You Now
Shelby Pitts AS ’12, BS ’13, MSNP ’18 has worked in healthcare since she was 14. “My dad was a local physician. He said I had an ‘attitude’ and insisted I get a job,” she said, laughing. “No one would hire me, of course, because I was 14, so he said, ‘You’ll just have to come work for me.’” Little did she know that a job she “had to do” would become a job she “loved to do.”
When Pitts enrolled at Weber State as an undergraduate, her goal was to become a nurse. She earned an associate’s, then a bachelor’s a year later. It didn’t take long to realize she wanted more. “I wanted more authority — authority that would allow me to do more for my patients,” she said.
As Pitts began to look at nurse practitioner programs, she knew she wanted a hands-on experience, which ruled out many online programs, and she didn’t want to drive to the University of Utah, the closest program that offered what she wanted. When she discovered that Weber was going to offer a nurse practitioner degree, it was a natural fit.
“It was an honor to get into the program,” said Pitts, who was one of 23 students accepted into the program out of 100+ applicants.
The first cohort of nurse practitioners graduated in April 2018. Pitts is now a family nurse practitioner at the Ogden Clinic Skyline office.
“I love people, and I love medicine. I have the best of both worlds,” she said. “My professors, my providers, my family have pushed me further than I ever knew I could go. I know I’m not alone in this.”