When I first arrived to the desert with my husband in 2000, I was unsure of what my long term career path would be. We had relocated from Bogota, Colombia and were not only new to the desert, but also to the U.S. I had an undergraduate degree in communications, but was unsure on this career path and could not identify employment opportunities. My first job as an adult in the U.S. was at a locally owned video rental chain. It was fun, it helped pay our bills, but it was not my preferred career path. I luckily had also trained in esthetics in Colombia and was able to eventually find work as an esthetician at a local spa. As I worked in this environment I was becoming very drawn to health sciences. A client encouraged me to look into a career in nursing. The following day was a pivotal moment in my life. I met with a counselor at COD, and soon I was on my way to my career as a nurse. I am forever grateful to the counselors at COD for helping me pursue my education. I am also indebted to the desert community for the many grants and donations given to COD; I was part of a local grant funded cohort of evening and weekend registered nursing program, and graduated with my ADN in 2007. I was able to then transfer to the CSUSB RN-BSN program, which later propelled me into a MSN program. Most recently I graduated from Brandman University with my doctorate in nursing practice and a clinical focus as an adult acute care nurse practitioner. I have worked in many roles at different hospitals and facilities locally in my ten years as a nurse. I am proud to say that I have returned to COD to be a part of the nursing faculty. I am delighted to inspire, educate and develop a passion for the nursing science in our future nurses. For me, it all started here at College of the Desert.
Dr. Amy Hetherington, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC