Deni Fitzpatrick was a freshman at Cut Bank High School when she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. “My brother received care at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Salt Lake City. I admired the nurses that cared for the children and adolescents at this hospital. From this personal experience, I knew that I wanted to work in the healthcare field and become a nurse,” she said.
Not only did she become a registered nurse, but she added to that skill set, by becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified (PMHNP-BC).
“I started out as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and continued to advance my education, skills and knowledge and ended up becoming an APRN,” she explained. “I chose the profession of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner because of the lack of mental health resources that are available in our rural communities.”
Deni is the daughter of Dennis and Rachelle Fitzpatrick and has been in Cut Bank since she was in the fifth grade. She graduated from Cut Bank High School in 2011.
Since that time, she has been in college, ultimately graduating from the Montana State University-Bozeman Nursing Program with a Bachelor’s in Nursing in 2016. She worked at Indian Health Services Hospital in Browning as an inpatient medical surgical registered nurse from October 2016 to October 2017.
“I was part of the Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP) at MSU-Bozeman, which provided me with support and guidance throughout my undergraduate and graduate nursing years at MSU-Bozeman as an indigenous nursing student.”
Currently, Deni is working at the Indian Family Health Clinic (IFHC) in Great Falls. “I chose this clinic because IFHC does an amazing job at offering comprehensive services that assist native and non-native clients. IFHC provides integrative care for medical and behavioral health providers in order to work towards one set of overall health goals for their clients. IFHC also focuses on traditions, culture, holistic healing, health and wellness.”
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