Amy Graham

Where did you complete your training?
I did my undergrad nursing at Queen’s university in Kingston Ontario, and my Masters in nursing at UBC. I’ve worked at Mount Sinai in Toronto and here at St. Paul’s since moving to Vancouver in 2003.

What is your special area of interest?
I love talking about behavior change and goal setting. How small changes can really make a difference in your health, and healthy behaviors.
In my Masters program my focus was on patient education and treatment-seeking delay.

What is the best thing about working in the Congenital Heart Disease specialty?
I really enjoy being in an area where we get to have long term relationships with patients. Congenital heart disease is a complex and challenging specialty but there is so much to learn from the people who are living with these conditions.

What is one thing that you think that all patients with Congenital Heart Disease should know?
You have a whole team of health care providers to work with you. We have a responsibility to you, and you have a responsibility to yourself as well. Attend appointments, ask lots of questions and look for resources that you think would help you.

If you weren’t a nurse, what would you be?
Maybe a space planner, or interior designer.

Do you have any interesting hobbies or talents or pets?
My family loves getting out for a hike, or a paddle on the water. We always have lots of fun, and a plan for a treat at the end of every outing.