“Never let your fear decide your future”
Who is Tyronda Bradley?
My name is Tyrhonda Bradley, BSN, RN. I am a recent graduate from Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing and served as a student nurse of the centennial class of this institution. I began my journey on the main campus of Prairie View A&M University in the city of Prairie View, TX as I was enrolled in my prerequisite classes. During my sophomore year, I became a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and was immediately employed as a home health CNA for the elderly. One year later, I moved back to my hometown which is the great city of Houston, TX where I began my nursing studies at Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing. It was a blessing to gain such a valuable education in the world’s largest medical center where there is so much amazing diversity and culture. This is where I found my focused passion for mothers and babies in high-risk settings.
Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing
Special Awards or Recognition
Prairie View A&M University Deans List,
Prairie View A&M University Honor Roll,
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Outstanding Scholar,
Prairie View Student Nurses Association Community Leader Award
How did you choose to pursue this field?
Ironically, I became involved in the medical field because of my father who actually does not have any nursing experience whatsoever. As young as 4 years old, he asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My response was “I don’t know.” My father replied, “you should be a nurse! You are always caring for your baby dolls, placing bandages on their bodies, and listening to their hearts with your stethoscope. When you get older, I believe that you should give it a try.” In high school, I joined the Health Occupation Students of America where I was introduced to patients and nurses on the unit. I participated in clinical rotations and eventually accepted my first internship in a cardiology office. Through my numerous clinical experiences as a teenager, I became intrigued by the art and physiology of getting patients back to their normal well-being and being an advocate for patients in need.
Who was your inspiration or role model that guided you to this field?
My grandmother is my inspiration in nursing as she was also a nurse. Her drive and zeal for safe patient-care has always been my inspiration
Did you always have the desire to work in this field? If not, what was your intended field? Why did you change careers?
Before nursing became my passion, teaching was my first love. After more experience as a registered nurse, there is a possibility that I will obtain my Master’s degree in order to become a Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) and invest my knowledge into the students of my Alma mater at Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing.
What do you love most about your job or career?
What I love most about my job is being that energetic nurse, coach and advocate for my patients as they are delivering their newborn(s). Often times, mothers are delivering their first child, so it is a blessing to be a part of the families first cherished memory as such.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job or career?
The most rewarding aspect of my career is knowing that I am an avenue of my patients journey during their laboring experience whether that includes me coaching them to push, teaching them relaxation techniques, providing words of inspiration or being that shoulder to cry on.
What things would you want to see changed about your current field of study or job?
As of now, there is nothing that I am desiring to change about my job in particular, but within the nursing field as a whole, I believe that it would benefit students who are upcoming nurses to have the option of more internships available to them for a greater realm of experience/hands-on training.
What are the most difficult things or disappointing aspect of your job?
The most difficult aspect of my job at times may be multitasking. Nurses may feel like octopuses at times because there is so much occurring within the unit. However, I love a great challenge and remaining busy!
What tips would you offer to anyone thinking about entering into your profession/field of study?
Tips that I would offer anyone entering into the profession of nursing is to find your study habit niche as everyone’s technique varies, be organized, be excellent in knowing the pathology of diseases, the interventions and the medications that follow.
How have you combated the stigma of being a “woman of color” in STEM?
Even though I am just as qualified as others in my scope of practice, sometimes I feel as though I have to work ten times harder all because of stereotypes etc. to prove that I am outstanding at what I do. However, when I think about what my ancestors have accomplished for themselves and for myself, it pushes me to be even greater, more determined and courageous.
What advice would you give your younger self about your career journey as a “woman of color” working in a predominantly white, male-dominated field?
Be professional, carry yourself as the lady that you are with poise and grace at all times, don’t follow the “trends” of social media (be yourself), and know your worth and never settle for less!
Can you provide some words of wisdom to young ladies thinking about entering a STEM field as a career choice?
My words of wisdom are to have your OWN testimony! Many always state the hardships and difficulties of being a part of the STEM field. I have witnessed multiple individuals change their majors because of “rumors” they’ve heard and this caused them to not even give their perspective major during college a chance. Always remember that “nothing worth having comes easy”.
What is your favorite quote?
“Never let your fear decide your future”. On many occasions throughout my nursing career, I have found myself in deep anxiety and ambivalence. I have learned that fear is incredibly detrimental and will cause you to miss opportunities and not grow. Now, I am currently working on not letting fear stop me anymore in life!
What are your future goals related to your career?
As previously stated, one of my future goals is to become a CNE. If not, I will use my Master’s degree to become an Adult Nurse Practitioner and open my own practice in the community of Third Ward in Houston, Texas. This particular community is dear to my heart as I have a plethora of goals that I would like to achieve health-wise as there is a common trend of health knowledge deficits, heart disease, and hypertension issues among the residents.
How has your family been a great influence or support system?
During nursing school, it is difficult to complete anything besides wake up, attend lectures/clinicals, study, eat, and repeat. My family has definitely supported me through all of my hardest times throughout this journey emotionally, spiritually and financially. I will forever thank them for giving me that extra push that I needed to be where I am today!
How do you juggle motherhood and your career?
What are some interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?
I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Black Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau.
Also, I have plans on initiating a nursing Youtube Channel soon. Please stay tuned!
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