Amanda Anderson, a native Buffalonian, just celebrated her 6 year nursing birthday this June. She earned her BSN in a little town called Cedarville, Ohio, and then set sail for the Medical ICU’s of the East Coast. Having worked in Washington, DC and Buffalo, Amanda now calls New York City her home and career spot. She still nurses in the intensive care unit, while she pursues two master’s degrees via Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing’s (HBSON) dual nursing and public administration program (hence her love for policy). Alongside this intensive study, Amanda is working to start a nurse-specific writing center for the students of HBSON, with hopes of helping nurses grow their confidence and voice in healthcare and policy. In her spare time, she rides around the city on her locally-made bicycle, looking for adventure, great art, and new friends to chat with. You can find her on Twitter @12hourRN, and on her personal blog: www.12hourRN.tumblr.com.