Amanda Payne MSN, FNP is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is currently the coordinator for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. After graduation, her first nursing job was at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital for children with chronic complex medical needs. Amanda believes her passion for caring for medically complex children originated from this initial experience. She has also worked in multiple other inpatient nursing roles, including positions at Boston Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital. She moved to Maine in 2011, where she took on a nurse coordinator role at Maine Medical Partners Pediatric Specialty Care. She received her Master’s in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2015, and then worked in school-based health and primary care before taking on her current role. She is an active member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.

Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. She enjoys gardening, cooking, running, warm days at the beach, and hiking in the mountains.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: Cleft lip and palate care; the management of children with medical complexity, including improvement of quality of life for the whole family

Project Name (Collaboration with Logan Murray): Facilitators and Barriers to Quality Care for Children with Medical Complexity: A Qualitative Study