GETTING TO KNOW A BHC NURSE
Amanda Fohey, RN
am an RN on Surgical Specialties. I started on Medical Specialties. I then had the opportunity of being a travel nurse. I have now worked on Surgical Specialties for two years! I am a happy mom of my 16-month-old daughter, Aria. She is my greatest accomplishment.
Why did you get into the health care field? I got into the health care field because science was always my favorite subject in school, and I also had inspiration from my mom and stepdad both being in the health care field. What interested you in your particular specialty? I was interested in Surgical Specialties because this particular area has a wide variety of patients to care for. On this floor, education is very important before the patient is discharged home for a full recovery. The education aspect of nursing is my passion. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? The most rewarding part of my job is the connections I make with many of my patients. I genuinely enjoy caring for people, and I try to make their recovery experience in the hospital better. What is the most challenging aspect of your job? The most challenging part of my job has to be the fast pace we get sometimes, but at the same time, I often enjoy that challenge. What has changed in your field since you started practicing? I have been a nurse for four years, and there are always new things to learn and ways to improve skills. The health care field is always changing. What do you see changing in the next five to 10 years? In the next five to 10 years, I expect to see a big aspect of education for prevention implemented as more information is researched and the public becomes more aware of the importance of self-care. What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Outside of work, I enjoy each day with my husband, Adam; daughter, Aria; and old dog, Rosella. Being a parent is the best! What advice would you give to someone looking to become a nurse? The advice Iâ€™d give someone who wants to be a nurse is to go for it! It is a great career to begin, and there are so many opportunities ahead. Enjoy the challenge, embrace change, and grow.