Alan Wygant recently completed his Masters Degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, to become a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and began working as an FNP-C with UNHS in September.
Wygant grew up in Kearns, Utah and graduated from Kearns High School in 2003. He served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Louisiana, arriving just before Hurricane Katrina devastated many parts of the state, including the area around New Orleans. He said one-third of his mission area was destroyed by Katrina.
After his mission, Alan met his wife, Saralee Brown, daughter of Ken and Alveta Brown, of Blanding. They were married and eventually moved to Blanding, where Alan began pursuing a career in nursing; first as a CNA, then an LPN and finally an RN. He did all his studies at Utah State University Eastern-Blanding Campus and worked as a CNA for two years, an LPN for one year and an RN for four years at UNHS and Blue Mountain Hospital. He said he always wanted to be a doctor growing up, but that just never happened. Instead, he followed the example of his mother-in-law and became a nurse.
Last year Alan decided to pursue his nursing career further and was accepted into a Masters program at Vanderbilt. He had to visit the campus in Tennessee ten times during his Masters program, four of those in the first semester. The rest of the time he studied at home, via asynchronous learning. He dedicated himself to his studies, while in Nashville; confining his efforts solely to class time and studies. When home he kept the same type of regimen, allowing himself time to be with his family when not studying. His efforts paid off and were well worth sacrifice.
“I am so glad to have my schooling over,” Wygant said. “It was a lot of work, but I love what I’m doing,” he said. “When I started this program my son was only 4 months old. Now he’s 18 months, but it was all worth it,” he added.
During his time in school, Alan did rotations with UNHS providers Dr. William Cuskelly, Dr. Casey McCullough and Russell Pincock DNP. He said he learned a lot from these three gentlemen. He now practices at the UNHS Monument Valley Community Health Center on Mondays and Fridays, Thursdays at the Montezuma Creek Clinic and at the Blanding Family Practice Clinic on Wednesdays.
We congratulate Alan for successfully completing his FNP-C courses at Vanderbilt and we wish him all the success in the world as he begins his medical practice.