By Quincey Taylor
The creation of this group by students Electra Cochran, Emma Beaumont, and Harper Forsgren promises exciting change to the BYU nursing student experience.
Nurses will inevitably treat more women than men during their career. Therefore, it is vital for them to understand the unique issues that women experience in their lifetimes. To fulfill this need in our nursing students’ education, the Nurses Empowering Women organization was formed.
This group, which welcomes male and female nursing students alike, was started by sixth semester student Electra Cochran. She is truly passionate about women’s health and believes the club’s motto: Helping Women Heals the World. She says, “The goal of this organization is to bring together nursing and Global Women’s Studies.” This doesn’t mean, however, that participants need to minor in Global Women’s Studies at all. All that is required is a desire to uphold women’s health.
Cochran continues, “There are so many bright minds in this program. That’s why having a club where it’s a safe place to talk about sensitive issues will help us come up with a lot of great solutions. We want to know how we can help in the future as professionals.”
The group will meet monthly, having group discussions and activities. Their next event will be hosting a conference on the eighth of February called “Promoting Healthy Relationships” (see flier below). They encourage everyone to go and participate and to bring a plus one.
Scan the QR code above to sign up.
The genesis for this group started when Cochran and her presidency counterparts, Emma Beaumont and Harper Forsgren, went on a study abroad together focusing specifically on women’s rights. They were the only students to go on the study abroad, and it was a wonderful opportunity to expand their education. Cochran says the decision to go completely changed her life. She says, “It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my college career. When we came back, it didn’t stop there. We got together with faculty and talked about the things we learned and experienced.” They decided they wanted to make a difference.
Cochran was particularly influenced after a spiritual experience she had. She says, “One day, I was thinking about Eve and how she is fundamental in the plan of salvation. I just felt this power, and I knew that empowering women is something that is eternal and goes beyond this life. Women are essential to God’s plan.”
Their goal is to keep the group solely student-driven. The group name and motto were created after taking suggestions from students. They have felt support from many faculty members, including college advisor Cara Wiley, undergraduate studies secretary Delsa Richards, and associate dean and associate professor Dr. Katreen Merrill.
Club leaders have big plans for the future, including service projects, a book club, and trips to visit church history sites in Salt Lake City.
Cochran concludes, “There is so much value in getting the most out of your education at BYU. This is a perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge of women’s health and to just have fun.”