Clinical Nurse Educator, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Betsy is the clinical nurse educator for Grant 4 and Pavillion 6 Cardiac Telemetry units at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. She participates in transitioning newly graduated nurses in the Nurse Residency Program, orientation of clinical staff to the unit, facilitating preceptorships, competency assessment, and continuing education. She has been a nurse for over 20 years and worked on a Medical–Surgical Unit, an Acute Dialysis Unit and then transferred into the Progressive Care Unit of the Frances Langford Heart Center when it opened in 2006 at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Florida. She moved back to Maine in 2011 and took a position at Mount Desert Island Hospital as the clinical nurse educator and continues to teach basic cardiac rhythm recognition and is an American Heart Association BLS and ACLS instructor.
She has served on many education committees throughout her career in community and professional organizations. She worked with the Kidney Association of the Treasure Coast to provide patient and family education to those suffering from end-stage renal disease; the Treasure Coast Association of Critical Care Nurses in delivering continuing education to novice critical care nurses, and co-chaired the Preceptor Committee. She is a member of the Association of Nurses in Professional Development, American Nurses Association-ME, Organization of Maine Nurse Executives, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Maine Clinical Nurse Educator Group.
Betsy is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida receiving a BSN and then an MSN in the Nursing Education tract. She developed a preceptor program that incorporated the AACN Synergy Model in Practice as her capstone project. The program was designed to provide for the best match between the preceptor competencies and the new nurse characteristics to create successful transitions into nursing practice. She has completed certificate programs in Leadership and Simulation at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.