BS, 2005, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
MNS, 2013, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Amy L. Foster, MSN, AGACNP-BC, RN
Amy’s love for nursing and medicine began when she became a critical care nurse in the Medical-Surgical-Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Chippenham Hospital. The demands of high acuity patients and how the disease process affected each patient differently intrigued her to continue her pursuit in being able to provide the best possible care to her patients. She studied and became a certified critical care registered nurse, as well as, gaining certification in core trauma nursing. Through the experience of taking care of the sickest and most vulnerable of patients, she realized she wanted to do more and learn more.
Amy obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Adult – Gerontology – Acute Care. She wanted to continue to learn about disease processes and how they often times affect patients very differently. She was eager to collaborate with other providers to create the best-individualized medical treatment plans for patients with complex care needs. She started her NP career at Richmond Gastroenterology Associates where she worked from 2014 to 2017. Most recently she was the lead nurse practitioner for the Johnston-Willis Palliative Care Team. She considers palliative care her lock and key in life, as she believes there is far too much unnecessary suffering in the world. She is excited to now be a part of Virginia Cancer Institute and help incorporate palliative care as part of the treatment plan for the patients and help lessen the symptom burden associated with oncological disorders and treatments of these disorders. She has training in acute care, gerontology, gastroenterology, palliative and hospice medicine.
She was born and raised in Arkansas but has lived in Virginia for the past 20 years. She currently lives in Midlothian, VA. When not working, you can find her spending time with her boyfriend, two sons and Sheepadoodle, Stanley. She enjoys sports/outdoor activities, cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks, catching a great music festival or baking/decorating cookies.