“I chose Vermont Tech because it was local, affordable, and relevant. I was able to complete my various degree programs at a pace that worked for me. As an adult student, being on campus full-time was not an option. I appreciate the flexibility of Vermont Tech.” Amanda received her certificate in Practical Nursing in 2002, and then went on to obtain her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2005.
Later, Amanda came back to Vermont Tech to get her Bachelor’s in Business Technology & Management in 2015. She stated, “The Business program helped me hone my presentation and leadership skills that allow me to precept new nurses, as well as have a better understanding of how healthcare runs as a business model. Professor Allan Rodgers and Professor Joyce Twing ensured that I knew how to communicate professionally in written and verbal forms.”
Then, in 2021, Amanda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She said while she was going to Vermont Tech, “My nursing instructors ensured that I understood how to assess a patient with accuracy and knew the steps to take to ensure health.” Now she works at the Central Vermont Medical Center (an Employer Partner with Vermont Tech) as a Registered Nurse in the pre- and post-surgical setting. She described, “I educate them about the surgical experience and recovery expectations. I love being at the bedside and helping to ease anxiety and developing meaningful relationships with patients and family members.” She also explained that she uses her education every day, “In my BSN year, I learned how to conduct relevant research to get answers to best nursing practices” and now she finds herself using that knowledge to find answers to clinical problems.
Amanda’s words of advice are, “Take the leap to enter the nursing program or the business program regardless of your age or time constraints. VTC makes it possible to earn a degree while still managing your work and family life. You will meet students just like you, and you will have professors cheering you along in whichever direction you go.”