Clinical Instructor, Franklin Memorial Hospital
Taffy is a Clinical Informatics Specialist at Franklin Memorial Hospital and is involved in the implementation of a new electronic health record. A long-time clinical nurse educator, including experience at University of New England's nursing program, Taffy continues to facilitate clinical and leadership education. She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and worked in emergency medicine, outpatient clinics and as a nurse manager of Surgical Services, Outpatient Clinics/Oncology and Medical-Surgical units. She started her nursing career at Mass. General in orthopedics.
Her interests lie in the science behind learning, as well as creating online learning. Taffy has developed an online Charge Nurse program with participation from acute care and long-term care facilities and has designed numerous online modules using Articulate Storyline including the Maine Nurse Preceptor Education Program and MOTIVATE oral health online modules, which included working with subject matter experts. She has presented at the Association of Nurses in Professional Development (ANPD) 2016 annual conference with Carole MacKenzie on Best Practices in Developing a Statewide Nursing Preceptor Education Program using Evidence-Based Practice and in 2014 on Barriers to Using Web Tools in Instructional Design and the creation of the top ten web tools list for instructional design. She also designed an online module for ANPD's Frontline Leader-Charge Nurse Program.
Taffy is a member of the Association of Nurses in Professional Development, Organization of Maine Nurse Executives-Nursing Leaders of Maine, Association of Talent Development and past member on the University of Maine at Farmington institutional review board.
Taffy is a graduate of Salem State College (now University) and completed a M.S.N. from Western Governor's University. She has completed graduate courses in Methods of Online Learning and Foundations of Instructional Design.