STN and the EAST Foundation are pleased to announce Amanda Elikofer, RN, BSN, NE-BC and Trauma Program Manager with Deaconess Regional Trauma Center as the 2013 STN – EAST Foundation Nurse Fellow Program recipient.
The purpose of the program is to provide exposure of trauma nurses to the EAST Scientific Assembly and gain access to key leaders in trauma care. The Nurse Fellow will be supported for travel, hotel and registration fees made possible by donations to the EAST Foundation Board Nurse Fellow program.
The successful candidate will be assigned a mentor who will assist the fellow with designing a plan for programs to attend and interviews with leaders. Daily, the Nurse Fellow will write a “news brief” that will be sent out via electronic blasts and highlight programs and events from the day.
The Fellow will also author an editorial that will be run in the Journal of Trauma Nursing following the meeting to summarize their experience and put out call for future Nurse Fellows.
The Nurse Fellow will be introduced during the Scientific Assembly and at both the STN Networking Reception and the EAST Business Meeting.
Amanda is the Trauma Program Manager at Deaconess Regional Trauma Center in Southern Indiana, Evansville. Deaconess is an ACS Level II Trauma Center and a State of Illinois Level II Trauma Center. Amanda earned her BSN from University of Southern Indiana and is currently enrolled in an MSN program at University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. Amanda worked for several years in the Trauma ICU as a bedside nurse before transitioning into the leadership side of trauma care. Amanda enjoys being a leader and mentor to her trauma services staff and the clinical staff of the hospital. As a newer leader, she understands the value and importance of leadership development and mentoring and is excited and honoured to be part of the STN Leadership Committee! She is active in her state’s trauma system development and the Indiana Trauma Network. On a personal note, she has a handsome 3 year old son, Jackson, and has been married to her high school sweetheart for five years. She enjoys spending time watching hockey, being active, and enjoying her family.