18th Nursing Graduate Pinning Ceremony

16-Nursing Pinning

Brittney Grohocki, left, with Assistant Director of Nursing Darlene Noret, MSN, RN

The 18th Nursing Graduate Pinning Ceremony was held on March 20, 2015.  Congratulations to Amber Bourgault, Brittany Christiansen, Crystal Clayman, Patricia Collette, Amiee Cornell, Denise Dujon, molly Gadry, Brittney Grohocki, Jessica Mangiante, Jacquelyn Marchand, Christina Mateus, Amanda Morel, Heather ion, Melissa Raposa, Christine Rodriques, Holly Santiago, Nathalie Soukamneuth, Zachary Stacy, Lacie Williams-Hill.

Surgical Technology Students Receive Honors

14-Surgical Awards

(from left) Mari Mitchell, Sarah Turner, Jenna Arzoumanian, and Kimberly DaCosta

The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) National Honor Society recognizes the achievement of surgical technology students and supports the learning and professional development of its members. Students must meet the following criteria to become a member of this prestigious honor society: completion of 85% of the graduation requirements from an accredited surgical technology program; maintain no less than a cumulative 3.75 GPA (based on a 4.0 grading scale); maintain at least a 95% overall attendance rate; be a good school citizen with no disciplinary actions; project qualities of integrity and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities; and be an active member of AST. Congratulations to Mari Mitchell, Sarah Turner, Jenna Arzoumanian, and Kimberly DaCosta for their well deserved induction into the AST National Honor Society.

New Program: Paramedic Technology

New England Institute of Technology is very excited to announce our latest Associate in Science degree program, Paramedic Technology!

The Associate in Science Degree in Paramedic Technology provides entry-level opportunities for students to pursue a career as top-level pre-hospital care providers. Paramedics provide for the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of their patients. Paramedics are advocates and health educators for patients, families and communities. They educate people to take proactive measures to ensure they live a healthier life.

Graduates of the NEIT Associate Degree in Paramedicine will enter into one of the fastest-growing employment markets in the United States. They are prepared to work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, home health care, long-term care, healthcare clinics, public health, and outpatient care. Graduates of the Associate in Paramedicine program are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician paramedic level exam.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, online and Master’s degree programs, including Paramedic Technology.

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Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

Mission: Holiday Cards

Student Nurse ClubThe Student Nurses’ Association at New England Tech is grateful to all who participated in the Hero Helpers of America holiday card project. Hero Helpers of America, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that sponsored “Mission: Holiday Cards”. Their goal was to send 50,000 holiday cards to U.S. troops overseas. In total, the Student Nurses’ Association collected 1700 cards signed by NEIT faculty, staff and students. A job well done to all who participated in this most worthy program.

Top Surgical Technology Professors

Congratulations on being name a TOP 15 Surgical Technology Professor, Lisa Reed!

From Medical Technology Schools:

Surgical Technology is a vital field that is expected to grow exponentially over the next 10 years. As such, it is important to get the best education from teachers who really know the field and who are contributors to advancements in Surgical Technology. Here are some of the most well-known and influential professors that will help you to make the perfect connections so that you can get the best-paying jobs and have a fulfilling long-term career.

Lisa Reed

Lisa Reed

Lisa Reed

CST, RN, MS, CNOR, CPEHR, CPHIT

New England Institute of Technology – East Greenwich , Rhode Island

Lisa Reed is the current Department Chair and a Professor at the New England Institute of Technology. She was recently awarded a Fellow position from the AST, due to her extensive surgical activities both inside and outside of the classroom. She has acted as the President of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). The pass rate of her students on the NBSTSA exam is 100%.

 

To see the entire list click the link: Top Surgical Technology Professors.

For more information on New England Tech’s over 40 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, including Surgical Technology, call 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

Faculty Appointment

Dayle JosephDr. Dayle H. Joseph of West Warwick, RI, joins New England Institute of Technology as Assistant Provost and Director of Nursing bringing extensive experience in the areas of nursing and nursing education. For more than 35 years, Joseph was employed at the University of Rhode Island first serving as an instructor and later holding positions as Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean, Associate Professor, Interim Dean, Dean and most recently as Professor.   

Throughout her career, Joseph has authored three books as well as more than twenty articles, presented her work at several nursing conferences, and conducted extensive diabetes research. She has received numerous awards and honors for her research and outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the nursing field. Currently, Joseph shares her time and expertise with many healthcare organizations that include the Miriam Hospital, Department of Health, Blue Cross Corporation, and Rhode Island Hospital.  

Joseph holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Humanistic Education from Boston University; a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island; a Master of Education Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor of Science Degree in School/Nurse Teacher both from Rhode Island College; and a nursing diploma from Rhode Island Hospital. 

 

OT Grad Achieves It All

3-Happy Grad AlisonAlison Tevyaw is a 2014 graduate of New England Tech’s Master of Science Degree program in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) as well as a 2011 graduate of NEIT’s Associate in Science Degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Technology. Alison is a remarkable young woman who has also mastered the art of parenting an 18-month old toddler and newborn twins while traveling from El Paso, Texas, to NEIT to complete her MSOT degree this past summer.

When Alison began the MSOT program in October, 2012, she was working full-time as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Rhode Island. Her husband was about to deploy for the second time to Afghanistan, and they were expecting their first child. Their daughter was born in March, 2013. Alison stopped working in September, anticipating her husband’s return from Afghanistan and their move to his new post in El Paso, Texas.

The question now became whether Alison should complete her MSOT program with these changes in her life. After much thought, she decided to stay in the program even though she would now be living thousands of miles away because she had already completed half of the curriculum. Then, three months after the move, Alison learned they were now expecting twins! Ironically the expected delivery date of the twins coincided with the last quarter of classes.  Alison stated, “Time management, finding balance between family life and school, and a great support system is what helped me to succeed, not to mention, my passion for learning and to grow within my career. I love being an Occupational Therapist because it gives me the ability to actually make a difference and to affect change and to me, that is powerful.” 

What made you decide to attend NEIT?

The decision to attend New England Tech to obtain my MSOT stemmed from having graduated from NEIT’s OTA program. I felt that the supportive staff in the OT Department, the hybrid class schedule of the MSOT program, and because I was living in Rhode Island when I began the program, would make it a good fit for me. 

How did you choose your program?

As a graduate of New England Tech’s OTA program, I was faced with the decision of where to attend a graduate program.  Initially, I chose the OTA program because I had a friend in the program who educated me about OT as a career. I originally dreamed of going to pharmacy school and had worked as a pharmacy tech for 5+ years, but the prospect of attending college full-time for six years plus working full-time didn’t seem logical to me. The healthcare field is ultimately where I wanted to be, and I knew from my previous experience working with children and the elderly that I would enjoy working as an Occupational Therapist. 

What did you do to get started with your career?

Initially, after graduating from the OTA program in 2011, I had worked with Career Services a great deal perfecting my resume and writing cover letters.  I had submitted a number of resumes for available positions, and then one day I received a phone call from a local agency which I had never even applied to. I learned that the agency reached out to NEIT and requested resumes from recent graduates to fill an open position and mine happened to be one of them. 

Tell us about your position.

Before we relocated to Texas, I worked as a pediatric COTA in a private school that provides children, suffering with severe and profound disabilities, medical rehabilitation and individualized comprehensive educational programs.  I worked with students from 9-15 years of age who had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, traumatic brain injury, and a variety of genetic and behavioral disorders. 

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position?

I really think the lab time within the Occupational Therapy program is so beneficial. The lectures are also important, but working in the labs is where students can put it all together and actually apply the knowledge gained.  Additionally, the benefit of having fieldwork built into the curriculum is immeasurable. Not only do students get a wealth of hands-on experience, they are exposed to a variety of cases, clinicians, and complimentary therapies. 

Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search?

Beginning the job search can seem a bit overwhelming. My advice would be to take the first job you find interesting even if it’s not in the specialty you may want because there will always be other opportunities down the line.  I had peers who were absolutely sure about their area of specialty, such as pediatrics, but took a position in physical rehab or mental health instead and now wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else.  Proficiency in any specialty will always be helpful because the same set of basic skills is needed to be competent and to build client trust.  Supervision and mentorship is key since it’s where students learn the most.  Networking with other therapists is important.  Attend RIOTA meetings, and never be afraid to link back up with your NEIT peers and instructors. Students can never have too many personal and professional resources. 

What can current students do to better prepare themselves for jobs in this field?

Finding balance is important for health and success. A therapist should possess patience and determination.  While completing coursework, don’t be afraid to ask for further explanation or examples from faculty, and be sure to chat with peers to discuss each other’s viewpoints. As a new therapist, there are many different perspectives on a variety of issues, and many times there is no right or wrong answer. Clinical reasoning is where everything stems, and building this skill is imperative to leading a successful career.  Seeing the look on the faces of my clients when they can successfully participate in an activity that is meaningful to them is priceless.

For more information on New England Tech’s over 40 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, including Master of Science Degree program in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) as well as Associate in Science Degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Technology, call 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

Respiratory Care met Congressmen Langevin

10-Resp CareNew England Tech Respiratory Care (RC) students completed a capstone project focusing on advocating for the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Reimbursement Act–HR 2619. RC students met with Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline to present their views on the importance of the HR 2619 Act.  Both Congressmen were so impressed with the students’ presentations that they agreed to co-sponsor HR 2619. This capstone project will be submitted as a “Best Practices” model for Respiratory Care advocacy to the American Association of Respiratory Care.

NEIT gets Grant from the Champlin Foundations

NEIT_Logo_282_136_TAGEast Greenwich, RI – Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost, at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the college has received a Grant for approximately $155,000 from The Champlin Foundations. Established in 1932, The Champlin Foundations is a philanthropic organization with interests in education, hospitals, healthcare, conservation, social services, and cultural groups to name a few. The Grant will be used to purchase laboratory equipment for NEIT’s programs in Medical Laboratory Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology.

“This Grant will allow New England Tech to further enhance our high-tech laboratories giving students the opportunity to learn the necessary skills required in their field of study utilizing cutting  edge equipment,” stated Sherman.  “We are very grateful to the Champlin Foundations for their continued generosity in supporting New England Tech’s mission of providing our students with a quality hands-on technical education.”

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, the college offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and on-line degrees in more than 40 technical and business programs. Each degree program is taught with a proven combination of technical expertise coupled with hands-on learning.

Sensation Station to fill gap by closure of Meeting Street outpatient facility – Warwick Beacon

Carol Doehler, professor and chair of Occupational Therapy at New England Institute of Technology, sits on a swing with Audrey Pavlak in the sensory gym at Sensation Station. Doehler partnered with Randy Fedoruk to bring Sensation Station to Warwick

Great story in the Warwick Beacon about the Newly opened Sensation Station in Warwick, RI, where graduate students will be able to intern.

From the Warwick Beacon:

Sensation Station, a private, family-centered therapy facility specializing in the care of children dealing with learning, social and physical challenges, was welcomed to Warwick by Mayor Scott Avedisian and Congressman Jim Langevin with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

The facility, located at 535 Centerville Rd., opened on Oct. 14 and will provide specialized individual intervention by occupational therapy, speech pathology and physical therapy professionals for children from birth to 21 years of age. Most of these services are reimbursed through health care insurance. Other one-on-one services include advocacy support with school IEP [Individualized Education Program] development, parent and sibling support, and home environmental assessments.

Owner Randy Fedoruk, a pediatric occupational therapist and associate professor at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) first established Sensation Station in 2010 in Guilford, Conn. Working together with Carol Doehler, professor and chair of Occupational Therapy at NEIT, Fedoruk brought Sensation Station to Warwick and Rhode Island to help fill the gap left by the closure of the outpatient department at Meeting Street, the main resource for kids with special needs in Rhode Island.

“We were told it was due to finances,” Doehler said of the Meeting Street department closure. “The reimbursement structure makes it challenging to do an outpatient program, so we had to be innovative.”

Doehler said Sensation Station is not driven by a traditional medical model, but rather by a family-centered model.

“The child and family come first,” she said. “Working together with Randy, we had the common belief that when you’re working with kids with special needs, it’s a family affair; it affects everybody.”

Fedoruk said a Parents Advisory Committee was established to assist staff by telling them what needs to focus on and determining which services to run because they are familiar with the day-to-day issues that may arise at home, school or in the community.

According to a press release, “The Parents Advisory Committee meets closely with staff to help meet those unique needs of the entire family and better incorporate the lessons learned at Sensation Station into all meaningful interactions.”

When the outpatient department closed this summer, it left more than 200 families “without high quality resources and few places to turn.”

Doehler said she and Fedoruk loved the therapists at Meeting Street, and since they were out of a job with the department closure, they were hired and brought to Sensation Station.

“We’re happy to do this in Warwick,” Fedoruk said. “We’re here to help kids make connections, learn motor skills and address developmental needs; to meet the needs of social skills and develop physical skills.”

Fedoruk said the facility features a kitchen to help develop living skills, such as cooking and cleaning, a private therapy quiet room, and a gym containing everything from swings and trampolines to a climbing wall.

“We’re still having things shipped in,” he said.

Langevin said the program is an exciting addition to the community and will fill a vital need.

“When Meeting Street closed its outpatient department, it left a void for families and kids; you’re filling that void,” he said, before presenting a citation to the facility. “I’m the proud uncle of a boy with autism, so I understand the benefit to the community. I love the concept of integrative therapy and play. It will be therapeutic and a lot of fun.”

Avedisian said Sensation Station is about appropriate interventions at appropriate times.

“We know what families need and we have the ability to provide that, it’s just a question of getting it all together,” he said. “You’re filling a huge, unmet human need in the community. There will be lots of little voices, activity and noise to show how interventions pay off dividends.”

Fedoruk said Sensation Station is not just about children with delays and learning disabilities, but welcomes all children, who are eligible to join the Kid’s Club.

“The Kid’s Club is facilitated by professional outpatient therapists and is open to all children,” Doehler said. “We hope to service 150 to 200 kids through the Kid’s Club and do it through play.”

Doehler explained that no more than six kids would meet at a time to use the gym space for an hour.

“They can schedule what works for them,” she said.

Doehler said the Kid’s Club does not require insurance or a medical referral, but rather utilizes a monthly membership fee, similar to a health club.

“Parents told us that was a huge deal,” she said.

Doehler said NEIT features both an associate degree and graduate masters degree in occupational therapy. She said graduate students will have the opportunity to intern at the Sensation Station facility.

via Sensation Station to fill gap by closure of Meeting Street outpatient facility – Warwick Beacon.