Erin Wyatt, RN for MCCSC Board of School Trustees
What makes me the best candidate from District 1 to serve on the MCCSC Board of School Trustees? I am a: PARENT, NURSE, EDUCATOR, and SCHOLAR.
I am a mother of 3 children: a high schooler, a middle schooler, and an elementary schooler. I have been an MCCSC parent since 2012, when my oldest started kindergarten. This really helps me be in the know about what is currently happening at multiple levels in the MCCSC school system. I have parented while working full time and understand the challenge of raising children while balancing a successful career. I’ve also been a stay-at-home parent and lived the struggles of raising 3 kids on a limited budget while receiving the benefits of programs like WIC and Hoosier Healthwise.
I became a registered nurse in 2002 and have worked in pediatrics, maternal-child health, lactation services, community health, inpatient adult oncology and school nursing. I have cared for people from birth to the end of life who represent all racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. My diverse experiences have heightened my awareness of the human condition, and the joy, fear, and grief that families can experience.
I have taught in higher education for 8 years as a clinical assistant professor at Indiana University School of Nursing. Prior to working for IU, I spent a semester as an instructor of nursing at Ivy Tech Community College. Working with college students in a selective, rigorous academic program gives me a perspective about how the K-12 years influence the college experience.
As someone who teaches students about providing high quality, equitable care for all people, I acknowledge the importance of having critical, but sometimes uncomfortable, conversations about complex issues like race and sexuality and the social determinants of health with young people.
I am a researcher, nurse scientist, and academic. My dissertation focus is on transgender women and their experiences with seeking preventive health care services. My individualized PhD minor in Public Health included courses on social determinants of health and intersectionality. I was a co-author on a published article about public commitments to anti-racist reforms by schools of nursing after the murder of George Floyd and other Black Americans. I have also been a member of other research teams looking at nurses’ experiences with legislative and advocacy activities.
I understand the importance of scientific research, evidence based practice, and determining accuracy of information and quality of sources.
I am a 2022 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate and want our children to be safe and free from gun violence at home, at school, and everywhere. For more information on how to stop shootings and gun violence in schools, visit https://everytownresearch.org/report/how-to-stop-shootings-and-gun-violence-in-schools/