Allow Us to Introduce: Amy Murphy Class of 2011
Meet Amy J. Murphy, a student in our Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. Originally from New Orleans, Amy comes to Vermont Tech by way of Minneapolis, MN and is attending classes at our Williston campus. Amy made the most of her time at Vermont Tech. She was president of her Practical Nursing class last year; she has initiated, on her own, many volunteer/community service activities such as collecting old eye glasses in cooperation with the Lion’s Club and creating the Scrubs for Pups program (a scrubs donation drive for the Chittenden County Humane Society). And this year, she was awarded the New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) nursing scholarship…the first Williston student ever to receive the award. We finally caught up with Amy this week – the last week of classes – to learn more about her Vermont Tech experience.
So Amy, why did you choose Vermont Tech?
Accessibility and flexibility. I have degrees from other colleges and had considered alternatives in Vermont in earning a degree in nursing. Ultimately, I decided VTC was ideal for me. I had heard good things about the program from nurses I worked with as an aide. It “worked” when considering the class size, affordability and access to excellent clinical environments, like Fletcher Allen. Plus, geographically, it made sense. As a non-traditional student, VTC had more appeal to me and proved to be flexible for balancing “real life” with school.
What did you like best about the program?
The clinical experience has been incredible. It’s lead by a very strong team of clinical instructors that really go the extra mile to make the most of your hands on learning experiences. Their dedication is inspiring, and their energy can be contagious. As a student nurse you are guided in “connecting the dots” from the didactic, to the lab and on to the time on the floor with the patients. I’ve enjoyed working as a team with my classmates and have really enjoyed our collaboration and sharing of learning experiences as the months have progressed.
Was Vermont Tech what you expected?
Actually, it’s exceeded by expectations. I am a high energy person; I have to be busy. I dreaded the notion of having to “sit still” and absorb during lecture time when I really wanted to go out and perform the skills we were learning about. However, as I settled into the program, I realized the logic behind the pacing of class lectures and embraced the very early introduction into a clinical setting. Starting in the practical nurse program, the caliber of instruction has been top notch and has continued into my ADN experience. And I’ve gained some valuable friendships in the process—a very pleasant bonus!
What are your plans following graduation?
That’s easy! Working in an inpatient setting, preferably with medical-surgical patients… for starters. As I strike a balance my time with work, I intend to continue with my community service involvement with plans to volunteer time as an RN at an area clinic. Perhaps, once I’ve earned a MSN, I would love the chance to return to VTC’s nursing program as a clinical instructor.
Do you have any advice for someone who’s considering a career in nursing?
You will hear stories about how competitive admission to a program can be. Don’t be discouraged. If you truly believe that you are meant for nursing, it will happen. Continue to work toward your dream. If it’s meant to be, it will happen. As a very good friend once told me, “What’s for you won’t pass you by.”