Shagufta started her career as a registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in 2011 from Prairie View A&M University, located at the medical center in Houston, TX. Thereafter, she began working at St. David’s South Austin Hospital as a medical-surgical and telemetry nurse where she quickly took on additional responsibilities of charge nurse and nurse preceptor. Shagufta’s passion for nursing and teaching led her to also work as a Clinical & Medication Nursing Assistant with Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin between 2012-2014. Her passion and desire to be more intricately involved in making a difference in the lives of others led her to purse a Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Texas State University.
During her graduate studies, Shagufta was awarded 2nd place for her research study on The Use of Electronic Cigarettes as a Smoking Cessation Tool at Texas State University’s Health Professionals Symposium. Shagufta was also a recipient of the I-CARE award for demonstrating St. David’s values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence, for which her colleagues, patients and patient’s family members nominated her.
Shagufta is an active member of Austin Advanced Practice Nurses, Texas Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Shagufta loves baking and decorating desserts, reading, hiking and spending time with her family and friends.
Shagufta strives to connect with patients and create empowering relationships in which patients are active participants in their health promotion. Shagufta states, “I consider it a great privilege to have the opportunity to care for people and help improve their quality of life. Providing compassionate and utmost care during each patient encounter is important to me. My goal is to be a resourceful provider who actively listens and treats patients with respect and gratitude for entrusting me with their health.”