“I love working with women as they experience pregnancy, birth, and the adjustments that accompany motherhood. It is a blessing to be present as these women bring a brand new life into the world. A bond is formed during this process that will never be forgotten. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.”
— Amanda Boys (G’14)
Indiana resident Amanda Boys (G’14) earned her BSN in 2012 and is currently enrolled full time in our Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program. In our latest Student Spotlight, she talks about how a supportive family has helped her succeed in the program, and her passion for this career path.
Why did you decide to pursue a master’s degree?
I’ve always believed that learning is a lifelong process. I wanted to take my knowledge and skill sets to the next level. Nursing is an amazing field because there are so many directions in which you can take your career. I love the personal relationship I get to have with patients, so advanced practice nursing was the natural choice for me.
Why did you want to pursue this particular specialty?
I chose this specialty because when I started working in labor and delivery as an RN, I finally felt like I was home. I love working with women as they experience pregnancy, birth, and the adjustments that accompany motherhood. It is a blessing to be present as these women bring a brand new life into the world. A bond is formed during this process that will never be forgotten. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting in this career path?
Stay positive, be courageous, and have faith in yourself. This program is demanding and can be stressful. It has helped me to have a couple quotes I can pull out in times of need to put things in perspective. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” — Ambrose Redmoon
What has your experience been with the Learning Management System (2GU)?
I have found the 2GU Learning Management System to be extremely user-friendly. It is easy to use and maneuver through and on the rare occasion that a problem is experienced, Student Support is there to help and resolve the problem quickly and efficiently. I love the fact that this system allows me to interact with other students in the synchronous sessions and gives me the ability to meet face-to-face with other students for study sessions or professors for test reviews. It is a very unique system that allows the student to experience the best of distance learning, while also giving them the personal experiences of on-campus students.
What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess, no matter what stage in his or her career?
I believe that every nurse needs to be adaptable and be a quick thinker. Regardless of the type of nursing, no two days are ever the same, and working with people makes the job of nursing even more unpredictable. Medicine is a quickly changing field, and nurses have to be flexible to adapt to these changes. Nurses also need to be able to think on their feet and make decisions quickly under pressure. Nursing is a career that frequently deals in matters of life and death, and seconds count.
Do you currently work part or full time?
I am not currently working. I worked part time throughout the first semester of the full-time program, and then gave up my position when clinicals started.
In what states have you practiced?
I have practiced in the state of Indiana.
In what departments have you worked?
I have worked in the emergency department, as a scrub nurse and circulator in the operating room, and in labor & delivery.
How old are you?
I am 35 years old.
Are you married? Do you have any children?
I have been married for eight years to a wonderfully supportive husband, and I have two children, an 11-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy, who keep me extremely busy.
How long have you been in nursing?
I have been a registered nurse for eight years.
What are some ways you’ve been working to create a healthy work-school-life balance?
The most difficult part of this program for me has been learning to balance school and family. I have a really hard time not feeling guilty when my study time interferes with family time. I have had to learn to prioritize what is important to me. I have learned that my daughter loves to help me study, and that if I make flash cards, she will quiz me all night if I let her. I try to save my reading for night time; my son will snuggle up next to me and that is our quiet time together.
It is definitely not always easy, and I have had to give up some things, but in the end it will be worth it and my family has been extremely supportive. Finally, always remember to take time for yourself. As nurses, we often forget to take care of ourselves, but it is important for your physical and mental health to give yourself time each day to pray, exercise, meditate, or just breathe.
Do you have an example you can share of a time when you were able to apply something you’d learned in class to your current job?
It has been interesting to me because in school I am learning the most current evidence-based practices. However, practice in clinicals or the workplace is not always evidence-based. My preceptor has been extremely open and frequently asks me if I have learned anything different in school or if there is current evidence to support a change in practice. If I can show evidence supporting a change in practice, she has willingly changed her practice. It feels good to make a difference.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Believe in yourself! This program isn’t easy; if it were, everybody would do it. It takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but the rewards are amazing.
We invite you to learn more about the Nursing@Georgetown program, or call our admissions team at 1-877-910-HOYA (4692).