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Cynthia Garbett

Psych Mental Health DNP 2017 Cohort
2020 Spring Graduating Class

In 2001, I moved from India to Utah. Navigating junior high in a new country was both terrifying and exciting. Eventually, my education at the University of Utah led me towards a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Afterward, I worked as a psychiatric nurse at the University of Utah hospital for five years. In 2017, I returned to the University of Utah for my doctorate in Psychiatric Mental Health.

My life experiences in India and the USA pushed me towards a nursing career in mental health. I wanted to be involved in patient-centered care that reduced the stigma commonly associated with mental illness. It is often difficult for individuals to seek psychiatric care, especially when their family members are not supportive. The opportunity to partner with patients who need hope, empathy, and respectful care is the reason I chose this career.

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