A nursing instructor at Bevill State Community College's Jasper Campus has received an Outstanding Faculty Award.Registered nurse Amanda Sourvelis started teaching at Bevill State in 2011 — the …
A nursing instructor at Bevill State Community College's Jasper Campus has received an Outstanding Faculty Award.
Registered nurse Amanda Sourvelis started teaching at Bevill State in 2011 — the very college where her own nursing journey began.
Sourvelis first attended the Walker County Center of Technology, where she received CNA training. She then attended Bevill State and later Samford University, earning a master's degree in nursing. During her years of education, she was able to work as a CNA and get practical experience.
"I always wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse, ever since I was a kid," Sourvelis said.
Prior to teaching, she worked as a nurse at UAB West from 2008 to 2013.
"It gave me a chance to develop strong relationships with my patients because labor and delivery is more of a one on one setting," she said. "You get to know your patients, and you get to help them bring life into the world. That was always my passion."
Sourvelis now has the opportunity as a nursing instructor at Bevill State to attend clinicals in labor and delivery with her students and see the same spark in their eyes that she has always had for the profession.
"I still get to share that joy with them. That passion, I get to see that through their eyes, and it's always a good experience," she said.
Aside from educating her students on all aspects of women's health, she teaches burn education, critical care, and newborn medicine.
She teaches on both the Jasper and Sumiton campuses.
Sourvelis also serves as sponsor of the Bevill State American Red Cross Club. The group hosts three blood drives each year at the college.
Members of the club also send out holiday greetings each year to veterans and work with community organizations.
Sourvelis still works as a nurse at the SAFE Center in Tuscaloosa as a sexual assault nurse examiner. The center provides medical care to women in Alabama who are victims of sexual crimes.
"They not only get medical care, they get the forensic exam and they also get counseling," Sourvelis said.
As a teacher, nurse and mother to twins, Sourvelis says she has to prioritize.
"My family is the most important thing. I do all of this for them," she said.
Sourvelis was honored to get an Outstanding Faculty Award from Bevill State, and she said the positive feedback she has received from her students warms her heart.
"Once they graduate, it's not like our relationships are over. They come back to see me," she said. "My favorite part is just seeing them go excel once they leave here."
She added, "Nursing school is stressful and rigorous but connecting with my students and having them open up to me for guidance is such a rewarding part of my career."