October Model Ram - Toyha Harper
September 30, 2016
Name: Toyha Harper
While at ASU where you involved in any organizations or teams? I was a member of the Student Nursing Organization.
What is your current occupation? I am a Family Nurse Practitioner working in transitional care medicine at Shannon Clinic.
How did ASU help you achieve your goals after graduation? I initially graduated with an associate’s degree in Nursing in 2001. This degree prepared me to work in an acute care setting at an area hospital. I earned a bachelor’s degree in 2005, which gave me the management skills to run a Pediatric home health office. In 2012 I earned a master’s in nursing with a certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner, which prepared be me to work independently by caring for patients in a clinic setting.
What skills did you take away from ASU? Besides essential nursing skills, I learned how to be a better communicator and how to advocate for my profession.
What faculty or staff made a difference in your life while at ASU? All the professors in the nursing department were very encouraging and helped me obtain the skills and knowledge I needed to be successful following graduation.
What is one of your fondest memories at ASU? I would have to say graduation. It was then that I knew all my hard work and dedication paid off. That was a great day!
Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you? ASU allowed me to be the first in my family to graduate from college. It is my hope that this will change my family legacy and all my children and grandchildren will be college graduates as well.
Would you mind giving us a little bit of your background? Your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.?
I am a mother of three daughters, all elementary age. I enjoy volunteering in their classrooms and sport teams. I also enjoy being a part of a local nurses in advance practice group called SACNAP. I am the past Treasurer and current President Elect for our organization. During my time as Treasurer I was able to establish the organization as a nonprofit. I am also a member of Texas Nurse Practitioners and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Through these organizations I have been able to travel to the state capital and Washington DC to visit with our representatives and advocate for nurse practitioners.