Amanda Decker, a 1999 graduate of Dickson County High School, completed her undergraduate degree in philosophy at Middle Tennessee State University, graduating cum laude Class of 2003. She entered the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to begin the nursing “bridge” program that would allow her to take accelerated nursing courses to advance into the Master of Science in Nursing after completing the first year of study. Mrs. Decker completed her academic studies at Vanderbilt School of Nursing achieving a Master of Science in Nursing and acquired her Board Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2005. She is also listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and qualified to perform Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals.
Mrs. Decker began her professional career as a family nurse practitioner in Kingston Springs under the preceptorship of Dr. Reggie Anderson. She returned to Dickson in February 2009 as lead provider for the Dickson County Schools Family Clinic. For the past six years, she has provided primary care and employer health services to the employees and families of the Dickson County school system, city and county government.
Amanda’s desire to help others has inspired her to serve on two medical mission trips to Honduras in 2012 and 2013, delivering primary care services to impoverished communities. In order to “give back” to her alma mater, Mrs. Decker routinely serves as a clinical preceptor for Vanderbilt nurse practitioner students as she enjoys teaching in the clinical setting.
A native of Charlotte/Sylvia communities in rural Dickson County, Amanda, knew as early as the age of 5 that she wanted to be a “doctor”. She did not understand at that young age there were so many opportunities outside of being a doctor or a nurse. Her parents, Neal and Carmen Westerman, always encouraged her to follow her dreams. While pursuing her bachelor degree at MTSU, she learned about the nurse practitioner program and knew that was a perfect fit for her. She finds her career challenging and rewarding. She “loves taking care of patients of all ages, building relationships and helping patients achieve their health goals.” Amanda considers it a privilege to provide medical care to the people of her community and cares for each one as her extended family.
Outside of the work setting, Amanda enjoys spending quality time with her family. Husband, Tim, is a teacher and assistant boys’ basketball coach at Creekwood High School. They are blessed with two beautiful children, Griffin and Willow. They moved to the Westerman farm in 2012, which has been in the family for more than eighty years. Together they enjoy riding ATVs, fishing and creating memories for another generation.
Nurse Practitioners (NP) are Registered Nurses who serve as primary and specialty health care providers under the indirect supervision of a physician. They provide direct patient care including assessing, diagnosing, planning and prescribing pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of health problems, health promotion, immunizations, and preventive care within the specialized area of practice. National certification and State Board of Nursing specialty certification and licensure are required.