Dr. Molly J. Bradshaw has an impressive resume. She’s been a school nurse, a nurse manager, a nurse practitioner and a Navy nurse. She is nationally board certified in women’s health and family care. While she’s proud of her accomplishments as a practitioner, she believes her most important role is that of a nurse educator.
She joined the EKU Department of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing’s DNP faculty in fall 2017, and she looks forward to helping her students reach their full potential.“I support all nurses at all levels of training. But, in particular regard to students interested in the DNP degree, I want them to know that we need leaders with skill sets to evaluate, translate, and utilize evidence in practice,” she explained.
Bradshaw is a third generation EKU graduate. She earned both her associates degree and her BSN from Eastern and then obtained her MSN from the University of Kentucky. She earned her DNP at Rutgers School of Nursing where she also served as specialty director of the MSN family nurse practitioner track and specialty director of DNP projects.
As an educator, Bradshaw provides personal mentorship and build relationships with her students. “I try to make it a point to keep a list of my students’ professional interests,” she said. Then, if she discovers something relevant to a specific topic at a conference or in a publication, she shares the information. “I have found that students return the favor and we share and learn new things together,” she said.
One of her goals at EKU is to remind students that the profession is a calling that can serve them for a lifetime. “In nursing there are so many opportunities. I can’t say enough good things about the flexibility it offers throughout every season of life. It is also very fulfilling to see the difference that you can make in the lives of other people, patients and students.”