Amy Johnson's ambitious Doctor of Nursing Practice capstone project springs directly from her roots.
In an effort to understand and improve the health of the agricultural worker, or farmer, Johnson has plunged into a study of the second most dangerous occupation in the world and the world's largest industry and employer that she hopes will yield both a healthier farmer and a health care system that addresses its unique, and often dangerous, challenges.
Johnson, B.S.N. '09, is a product of the agricultural way of life. She was raised on a family farm in Highland County and now lives on her husband's family farm in Bedford County with her 15-month-old daughter.
In 2002, Johnson handled a call as an EMT in which a former classmate was killed in a farm accident. The victim had gotten trapped between pieces of machinery and laid unattended for hours before anybody found him and called 911. The length of time he had been trapped was why he died and Johnson noted that farmers often work in locations with poor cell phone reception and alone.
From the farmhouse and the road, she is completing her DNP online and hopes to join the first cohort of Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) to DNP graduates on August 19.