Dr. Darlene DelPrato, Ph.D., R.N., Director of Nursing
Dr. Del Prato holds a Ph.D. in Higher Post-Secondary Education from Syracuse University and a M.S. as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing, also from SU. Dr. Del Prato’s academic, clinical, and leadership appointments span 28 years in associate’s degree, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing education. She currently serves as Professor and Director of Nursing at New England Tech in Greenwich, RI.
Dr. Del Prato’s clinical background includes medical-surgical, cardio-thoracic intensive care, and labor and delivery nursing. Her scholarly interests center on evidence-based nursing education, constructive developmental pedagogy, caring and civil learning environments, and professional formation in nursing. Dr. Del Prato has presented her work on transforming academic and workplace cultures and the role of faculty mentoring at local, national, and international conferences and has published in various nursing journals and books. Dr. Del Prato is active in regional, state, national, and international professional organizations including Rhode Island Education Transformation, Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing, National League for Nursing, and International Association for Human Caring.
She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two Maltese dogs and is the mother of two adult daughters.
Dr. Esther Bankert, Ph.D., RN, Adjunct Professor
Dr. Bankert holds a PhD in Curriculum Development from the University at Albany, NY; Master of Arts Degree in Nursing Education from New York University; BS degree in Nursing, Mount St. Mary College; and Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing, Maria College, Albany, NY. Dr. Bankert has an extensive academic and leadership background in higher education for over 35 years. Her teaching expertise includes courses in nursing theory and professionalism, nursing research, ethical issues, leadership, and grant writing across baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. She has held professor rank for several years prior to serving as the Dean of the School of Nursing, Chief Academic Officer and Provost at the State University of New York Institute of Technology. She has also been Acting Dean for the Center of Life and Health Sciences at Mohawk Valley Community College, and is a Consultant in Nursing Education. Her research interests and scholarship focus on moral reasoning, ethical decision making, caring, and professionalism. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Mohawk Valley Network Faxton/St. Luke’s HealthCare, Nursing and Community Behavioral Health Advisory Boards, and several Professional Nursing Organizations.
David Becker, M.S., R.N., C.N.E, Associate Professor & Assistant Director of Nursing
Professor Becker’s nursing career has been divided between practice and education, military and civilian. In twenty years as a Navy Nurse, Becker led health care teams in sophisticated world class hospitals as well as under austere shipboard and tent conditions. After retiring from the military with the rank of commander, he began a career in civilian nursing education. His most recent previous positions include dean at a small community college and director of a diploma nursing school. He is a leader in several professional and community organizations as a member of the Rhode Island Board of Nursing, director at Massachusetts / Rhode Island League for Nursing and trustee at the Rhode Island Nurses’ Institute charter school. Professor Becker is a graduate of Nebraska Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, earned his B.S. (with distinction) from Sonoma State University and an M.S. in Nursing from the University of California at San Francisco. He is a Ph.D. student at Capella University conducting research on academic progression for nurses.
Dr. Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert, DNP, CPNP-PC, ACHPN, CPON, Associate Professor
Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner for which her clinical practice includes pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology, and pediatric palliative and end-of-life care. She is board certified in pain management, pediatric oncology, and advanced hospice and palliative care. Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert holds a doctorate of nursing practice from Simmons College, an M.S. in Nursing from Emory University, and a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island.
Darlene Noret, MSN, RN, TNCC, Instructor
Darlene has a diverse nursing background that includes expertise in critical care, trauma, emergency nursing, and nursing leadership. Darlene held leadership positions at the two largest emergency departments in Rhode Island and also had a leadership position at the only level I trauma center in southern New England. In addition to teaching Leadership and Management in the RN to BSN program, Darlene is also the lead instructor for Medical Surgical I Nursing and Leadership in the ADN program at NEIT. Darlene currently holds the ADN curriculum chair position and is pursuing a post master’s acute care nurse practitioner certification while working toward her DnP in clinical practice. She holds many professional memberships including ANA, NLN, MARINLN, ENA, the Rhode Island Nurses Association, Massachusetts Nurses Association, and the Florida Nurses Association.
Dr. Carol Patton, Dr.PH, RN, FNP-BC, CRNP, CNE, Adjunct Professor
Dr. Patton is an ANCC certified family nurse practitioner and maintains a clinical practice as well as being an NLN Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Dr. Patton earned a B.S. in nursing degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in primary care nursing from West Virginia University and a Doctoral Degree in Public Health (Dr.PH) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health with emphasis in Health Services Administration.
New England Tech is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The RN to BSN program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Candidacy is the first step toward ACEN accreditation. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has awarded New England Institute of Technology full ACEN accreditation for its Associate in Science in Nursing program.
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