Faculty Profile: Amanda Barton
Assistant Professor of Nursing
For Dr. Amanda Barton, being a nurse practitioner and an assistant
of nursing is all about personal relationships.
Dr. Barton knew early in her college years that becoming a nurse
she was called to do, because caring for people was what she loved
realized that I wanted a long-term relationship with patients.
I wanted to care for
them over time, to watch their children grow. I knew that being
practitioner was what I wanted to do.”
And indeed, she hasn’t turned her back
on that dream, but rather has expanded on
it. Today, Dr. Barton is a practicing nurse
practitioner one day a week in addition to
her position as assistant professor at
Hope, where she loves building relationships
with her students. Some of her favorite
things about Hope’s nursing program
are its flexibility in accommodating
individuals’ interests and the size of the
program, which allows for warmth and
familiarity between staff and students.
“We get to know our students,” Dr.
Barton says. “We know the families they
come from, we know what their hopes
and dreams are, we know how they learn
best. Students are never a number — they
are always individuals.”
Dr. Barton also enjoys the diverse spectrum
of opportunities that Hope offers to
serve and learn. For instance, she is involved
in a project to improve the water
quality in the village of Nkuv, Cameroon,
with Dr. Jeff Brown of the engineering faculty and the Hope College
chapter of Engineers without Borders. Since March 2006, the project
has had a
positive impact on the morbidity and mortality rate in the village
due to water
contamination. The education and communication departments are
involved in the interdisciplinary research/service-learning project.
Many people have worked long and hard on the project, but Dr.
Barton affirms that it’s worth it. “It makes a difference,” she
says. “Not only are lives saved, but
lives are changed — in Cameroon and the village, but also
my students and me.”
In addition to her passion for Hope’s department of nursing,
devotes energy to other campus programs as well, her two favorites
Senior Seminar Program and the CrossRoads Project, which explores
vocation and faith. She agrees wholeheartedly with the missions
of the programs,
but again, it’s primarily the opportunity to interact with
the students that draws
“It all comes back to the students,” she says. “Hope
has fabulous students.
That’s why I look forward to coming to work every day.”
This profile was written by Danielle K. Johnson, a 2008
Hope College graduate from Kalamazoo, Mich., for the 2008-09
Hope College Catalog.
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