Amelia M. Nelson, MSN, RN, FNP
Since graduating from George Mason University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2008, Amelia Nelson has been engaged in providing emergency medical services in a wide variety of situations throughout the United States and the world. At her first job at INOVA Alexandria (VA) Hospital, she gained experience and skills in many aspects of critical care nursing and participated in several administrative initiatives, eventually becoming the Chair of the ED Department’s Clinical Practice Group. In the ensuing two plus years, She took on a series of emergency department assignments at major medical centers throughout the US, including assignments ranging from 3-6 months at the Yale (New Haven, CT), University of Washington (Seattle,WA), Tucson Medical Center (Tucson, AZ), Washington Hospital Center (Washington, DC), and UMASS Memorial (Worcester, MA) medical centers and finally Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA).
In between these assignments, she worked in Haiti for five 1-3 weeks stints and once in Nicaragua for a variety of global relief organizations including the International Medical Corps, University of Miami/Medishare, Disaster Relief Northwest, Global Dirt, and Mission Nica. Her role ranged, providing critical care in the resource scarce environment in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti to adult ICU, emergency department, pediatric/neonatal ICU and pediatric wards to women’s health teaching and mobile clinics that provided services at orphanages and community health centers. Returning to her hometown of Boston, she joined the emergency department at Beth Israel Hospital in early 2013, and soon thereafter found herself at the finish line of the Boston Marathon as a first responder. These experiences have committed her to the pursuit of knowledge in the field of disaster and humanitarian medicine. She is thrilled and honored to be part of the inaugural class of disaster nurse fellows.
Most recently, Amelia deployed with the Disaster Medicine Fellowship to Nepal after the earthquake in April 2015. In April 2016 she completed her Master in Science of Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner and has decided to continue her education by pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with an expected graduation of June 2018.