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Amanda Partin

Going back to school was so worth it to me because I get the opportunity to make other people's life better, and even though it was tough, it was worth it.

Amanda Partin, RN Class of 2017

"One of the main reasons I decided to go to nursing school was because my daughter had a really bad accident when she was only six years old. She had a long stay in the hospital and we encountered many different types of nurses. Some who loved their job and gave excellent care as well as some that were at the other end of the spectrum. I realized what a difference it made not only in our experience at the hospital but also in her health."

“I stayed home with my kids for several years, but part of me always wanted to go back into the medical field. Years ago I did CNA work and registration in the emergency room, but then I had kids and I didn’t want to miss out on their childhood. I planned on going back to school when my youngest started kindergarten and because I had enjoyed my previous experience in healthcare, I knew that was the direction I would go.

One of the main reasons I decided to go to nursing school was because my daughter had a really bad accident when she was only six years old. She had a long stay in the hospital and we encountered many different types of nurses. Some who loved their job and gave excellent care as well as some that were at the other end of the spectrum. I realized what a difference it made not only in our experience at the hospital but also in her health. She would physically be better when she had people that would really encourage her, help her, and have a positive attitude and outlook on the situation. This showed me that nurses really truly make a difference in their patient’s life. There are days when people will verbalize to me ‘hey you really made a difference in our life today’, and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to help people like that.

I really enjoyed BTC and felt that they did a great job preparing us for our field. They gave us a lot of really good hands-on training that went straight to work as soon as I started my job. I felt like I was able to be confident in what I had been taught and use all of those skills immediately in the field. We learned such a broad base of knowledge, but we also took the time to study specialties so that no matter what we chose to do we had a solid base in that area. Even in my specialty where there is so much to learn, I often go back and remember learning about a skill or bit of information from my schooling.

There are days when people will verbalize to me ‘hey you really made a difference in our life today’, and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to help people like that

BTC takes the time to get to know each individual student and I feel like this ties into nursing and showed us that we need to be compassionate and empathetic about each person’s situation. Going back to school was so worth it to me because I get the opportunity to make other people’s life better, and even though it was tough, it was worth it.”