Senior Nurse Practitioner; NP Coordinator for Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care

Julie entered her nursing career with the knowledge that she wanted to care for children without a clear understanding of which field or population would be the one for her. She took a few roads through pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric critical care before finding that pediatric cardiac critical care was the subspecialty that kept her mind engaged and her heart motivated every day. Caring for a continuum of ages, congenital and acquired diseases, and the challenge to understand the unique pieces of every child she cares for has continued to drive her further and further in her career as a Pediatric Cardiac ICU Nurse Practitioner.

Julie’s previous clinical experience includes working as a bedside RN in the Pediatric Emergency Department at the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree as an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she started her career at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in 2015. She became solely dedicated to the care of children with cardiac disease starting in 2016. In 2017, she took on the title of Clinical Coordinator for Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care, a role in which she focuses on education, training, quality improvement, development of protocols and guidelines for all staff members caring for children within the Pediatric Cardiac ICU.

Since joining Hopkins, Julie has developed skills in ultrasound guided vascular access and is a member of the Pediatric Critical Care Difficult Intravenous Access (DIVA) team within the ICUs at the Children’s Center. She has presented research on ultrasound guided IV access as compared to traditional methods of IV access at the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society annual meetings. Other areas of interest include education, pediatric ventricular assist devices, and nutrition and growth. She has worked with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to develop educational material and helps to provide clinical experience to nurse practitioner students regularly.

When not at work, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and son, Adrian. Yoga and exercise are necessary parts of her day as well as cooking. She is a lover of dogs, a cup of tea, and wine. On the weekends, you might find her digging into a DIY project around the house as well.


Ms. Amorese attended the Nazareth College of Rochester (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and Vanderbilt University (Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Acute Care degree)