Professional Experience

San Francisco State University,
(2014 - 2014)
Teaching Assistant
Supported professor in and out of class Advised and supported 30 graduate students in a nursing research course Provided one-on-one assistance for students Collaborated with professor in student assignments and grades.
Synergy HomeCare of San Mateo,
(2010 - 2011)
Provided companionship and comfort Assisted with activities of daily living Checked references for future caregivers to be employed at the company
University of California,
(2009 - 2010)
Experiment Leader, Undergraduate Research, Dept. of Ecology and Evolution
Research under Dr. Michael Rose Virility Team: Examined relationship between death spiral phenomenon, age, and virility in male fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) Managed and supervised 30 research students Data collection and entry
Vibe Teen Center,
(2009 - 2010)
Built positive relationships with program participants (ages 11-18) Participated in a team setting in providing various instructional activities. Coordinated activities and events
Free Chapel OC,
(2008 - 2010)
Care giver for children ages 0 months - 5 years for parents attending church services.
John Hancock Financial Network,
(2007 - 2009)
Records Clerk
Records management General administrative tasks (filing, mailings, answering phones, making calls to collect policies, data entry, make copies)
Hoag Presbyterian Hospital,
(2007 - 2009)
Clinical Care Extender
Provided care and companionship to patients on unit (cancer, stroke, telemetry, med-surg, post-op, L&D) Assisted patients with activities of daily living. Supported MDs, RNs, CNAs, and therapists.
The Junior Statesmen Foundation,
File Clerk


San Francisco State University
Bachelor's degree
University of California, Irvine
Biological Sciences
San Francisco State University
Master of Science

Professional Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau

Volunteer Activities

Clinical Care Extender
Cope Health Solutions at Hoag Hospital, health
1193803200 - 1241064000
Provided care and companionship to patients on unit (cancer, stroke, telemetry, med-surg, post-op, L&D) Assisted patients with activities of daily living. Supported MDs, RNs, CNAs, and therapists.


Screening Intervention for Pediatric Patients at Risk for PTSD Post Medical Trauma
This is a paper I wrote for my culminating experience, a requirement for my Masters in Nursing. I spent many hours over the past year researching and writing this paper, and I am very proud of the end result. Abstract It is estimated that fifty two percent of pediatric patients develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after traumatic events such as accidental injuries, burns, surgeries, and stays in intensive care units. Currently there is no standardized intervention to screen for PTSD in children and adolescents after medical trauma. With untreated or undiagnosed PTSD, complications can arise including lower quality of health, behavioral problems, depression and substance abuse. A review of current literature available was conducted to support the development of an intervention that will identify and refer patients at risk for PTSD after any acute medical condition requiring medical attention. The dual representation theory was used as a foundation on which to build this intervention. The goal of this intervention is to reduce morbidity rates and/or complications associated with PTSD through early identification and referral to mental health services for the pediatric population.
San Francisco State University
Amanda Cardenas


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