Registered Nurse from Golden BC, Canada
Amanda first decided to go into nursing because she wanted a career that would enable her to travel. She was completely unaware of the world of opportunities that this profession would unlock. She graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2014 with the Rural Nursing Award of her graduating class and has worked in the rural hospitals of both Golden BC and Inuvik NWT since graduating. As a rural nurse, she specialized as a generalist, able to work in emergency, trauma, the recovery room, as well as with a variety of in-patients but her true passion lays in labour and delivery and women’s health.
Amanda got her first taste for global health while doing a practicum in Lesotho, Africa. After which, she searched high and low throughout Kamloops to find other opportunities to nurse abroad, and that is how she met Ruth and was introduced to the Safe Motherhood Project. After a quick coffee in Salmon Arm, Ruth agreed to let her come along to see what the project was all about. In January 2015, she travelled to Guatemala before the project to take Spanish classes and get to know the country. She then met up with the Safe Motherhood group for the first time and they immediately felt like family. She couldn’t believe her luck to have found such an inspiring group of women to volunteer with for a cause she whole heartedly believes in.
Outside of work, Amanda likes to keep a healthy balance of mountains, ocean, adventure and arts in her life.