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Amanda Thinesen 
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Major Degree: B.S. (Nursing)
Cell Phone: (917) 584-6731
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Welcome to my E-Portfolio! My name is Amanda Thinesen.  I was originally born in New York City, but was raised in Broadheadsville, Pennsylvania. After high school, I decided to attend Pennsylvania State University Berks Campus to major in Finance. Unhappy with my major, I started to explore other options. Six years earlier, my grandmother had passed away. She said I could be and do anything I wanted as long as I "put my mind to it."  This made selecting a major difficult, because I could begin anything, but I had to think about what was to be enjoyable to me as this was going to be my lifelong career. She had suffered from diabetes, renal failure, heart failure, and stomach cancer. At the time, I was not aware of her suffrage. I didn’t understand the pathophysiology, but I knew her management was minimal. Thinking back on this time, I felt she could have managed her illness better to prevent the severity of her symptoms and possibly prolong her life. I was motivated to understand what her symptoms were and why they occurred. This belief and passion allowed me to decide that I wanted to help others, not only care for the sick, but also to promote wellness and prevent illness. I want to work with a collaborative team and make a difference in the lives of others, while
 understanding the fundamentals and pathophysiology of disease processes. I wanted to be a nurse, an advocate, and a teacher.
I am currently employed in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and am passionate about the care I provide. This patient population is unable to verbalize, therefore it becomes imperative to pay close attention to nonverbal indicators. It requires careful assessment skills and the ability to change the plan of care based on the needs of the infant. I also have experience with medical-surgical pediatric nursing, where I am able to provide care to patients ranging from infancy to adolescence. I am extremely passionate about my career of becoming a Registered nurse and truly feel communication to be of utmost importance, especially for patient safety.  I believe in communication, not only with the patient and family, but across the healthcare continuum. I believe it is extremely signifiant to have continuity of care. Furthermore, I feel that it's vital to stay up to date with the field of nursing. There may be new and improved ways of providing care, based on evidence-based practice, that will enable nurses to deal with a patient's situation more efficiently and increase their chances of having a successful outcome overall. 
I have a B.S. degree and am currently working on my M.S. degree to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. As you view my E-Portfolio, I know you will gain a better understanding of my arduous journey . I thoroughly enjoy gaining knowledge and staying ahead with my studies. Each day I strive to strengthen and improve my skills, not only personally, but professionally as well. I will sit for the RNC exam in October 2014, as well as have a Child Passenger Safety Certification by September 2014. I enjoy working within my community to further enhance awareness and provide knowledge. Furthermore, I teach a Kidwatcher's class that certifies teenagers to become responsible babysitters. Safety is of utmost importance and I thoroughly enjoy working with this population.  
I look forward to gaining employment with an organization that shares the ideals and values that I do. Team work, communication, and quality of care are of utmost importance. I pride myself in doing an efficient job in all that I embark upon. I believe in being a strong and ambitious employee within an organization that prides itself, together, this is a recipe for success.

Thank you for your time and consideration for employment. Please contact me if you have any questions. 



Career Interests
My plans are to further my career as a Registered Nurse.
Internship Interests
Summer of 2010: Internship with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
Academic Interests
I will pursue my dual degree at Molloy College in a timely manner.

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