The Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN) aims to highlight our members who are making a positive impact in their careers as vascular nurses. SVN members work hard every day advancing the care of individuals living with vascular disease and supporting the mission of the Society. Interested in being part of the member spotlight or nominating a peer? Email Moe at mmalek@vascularsociety.org or complete our survey for inclusion!

Amanda Hawks, DNP, APRN

Little Rock, AR

SVN Member since March 2022

What is your personal background in vascular nursing (how long have you worked in the vascular field, did you practice something before, etc.)? 

I have been a vascular APRN for the last 4 years. I was a surgical ICU nurse before I  became an APRN and spent one year post graduation in a primary care/urgent care clinic

What is your favorite aspect of vascular nursing? 

The patients are both my favorite and most challenging aspect of vascular nursing. Helping to work through their complex medical history and help them along their vascular health journey is what gets me out of bed in the morning. On the other side of that question: noncompliance in the vascular patient population is the most challenging aspect of all of our jobs.

What is the most challenging part of your job as a vascular nurse? 

See number 2.

Have there been changes in your work force? How so? 

Since the pandemic I have had to play many roles to help with the overall function of our vascular division. I have not only played the role as provider but have also assisted in answering all patient phone calls, scheduling surgeries, and scheduling post op/new patient referrals.

What are your personal goals within the vascular field (implement protocols, increase patient volume, research, societal involvement, etc.)? 

I am working to implement an amputee program in our hospital which provides post op amputees more education once they are discharged. This is something that I realized we are lacking in after last year’s SVN meeting.

What is a “fun fact” about yourself that you would like others to know?  

I am a foodie and love to cook! I like to challenge myself on the weekends and make something fun and adventurous for my family to “test out!”