I wish I could say that I always wanted to be a nurse. I was pregnant with twins when I was laid off from my job as a mortgage underwriter in the first housing crisis in 2003. Unable to find work, I went back to school. I had talked extensively to a nurse educator at the bedside when I was inpatient awaiting the birth. I knew that I loved to teach and was fascinated by her job. I started my nursing prerequisite courses when my twins were 6 months old. I completed my LPN certificate when they were 16 months old; my associate’s degree (ADN) when they were 3.
Once I started practicing in the Birth Center of a tertiary care center, I was hooked. I started precepting new hire RNs when I had been in my position just over a year. I completed my Bachelors (BSN) just 5 years after I had been originally laid off. In 2010, I started teaching clinically in the ADN program that I had completed. I completed my Masters (MSN) in nursing education in 2012 and accepted a position as the educator in the Birth Center. I discovered that not only was nursing a passion, but nursing education – all facets of it, is what drives me. I started working on my Doctorate (DNP) in May 2015 - the same month I accepted a position as an assistant professor of nursing here at VTC. I teach exclusively in the online BSN program. I graduated from my Duquesne University with my DNP in May 2017.
When not working, I am home with my awesome husband, teenage twins, tween son, 75lb labradoodle, 20lb beagle, 12lb kitty, 10lb bunny and a small leopard gecko. I love to knit and read spy novels. I am also a sports mom – girls play softball, soccer, field hockey, and indoor softball – year round running! My little guy is a great wrestler – all 85lbs of him!
Dr. Thomas Hecimovich has been teaching at Vermont Tech since August of 2017. He has been practicing Veterinary Medicine since 1989 and has resided in Vermont since 1991.
Dr. Higgins is a professor and Department Chair at Vermont Technical College. His is Director of the GE-Aviation Apprentice Programs, the GW Plastics Manufacturing Technology Leadership Program, and the GS Precision Advanced Machinist Program. In the 1990’s, working with IBM personnel and other faculty, Professor Higgins and his team created the Maintenance Built-In (MBI) and Excellence Built-In (EBI) Education Programs for Fab Operators, graduating over three hundred Engineer Technicians in what was a pioneering program in incumbent worker education in the semiconductor industry.
I am an assistant nursing professor with Vermont Tech at the Williston campus, working with practical nursing students and laying the foundation of their nursing education through our ADN and online BSN program. I have worked for Vermont Tech since 2008, first as a clinical instructor for the ADN’s in Williston, and then continued on to full-time faculty in the practical nursing program. My nursing specialties include nursing education, medical/surgical nursing, hematology and oncology nursing, leadership, and simulation. I am oncology certified, as well as a medical/surgical board certified nurse. I received my MSN in Nursing Education in 2010 and my Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2014. I am a member of the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders and was selected to participate in their Leadership Fellowship program bringing nurses to the forefront of healthcare. I am also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Northern Vermont Oncology Nursing Society, and the National League for Nursing. I am also an in-patient hematology/oncology nurse at Fletcher Allen Healthcare. I am the creator and coordinator for the Vermont Walk for Williams Syndrome. I am Vermont Tech Alumni, and have worked through all levels of nursing from Licensed Practical Nurse to Doctor of Nursing Practice. My passion is nursing education and integrating new technologies to meet the demands of today’s practice. I see nursing as a profession with endless possibilities and always strive to instill this in my students. I enjoy teaching the practical nursing students as this is the beginning of their nursing careers. I also believe in loving what you do as a nurse and helping my students find the love of nursing in themselves. I keep busy with three young boys and enjoy running whenever I can get outside: rain, snow, or sun.
Caitlin Janus has spent most of her life working with horses. She began riding at age 12 with Carol Fleck of Partridge Hill Stables in East Barre, VT. She has ridden a variety of disciplines and breeds, starting with western and huntseat and progressing to eventing at UMASS-Amherst, to most recently focusing on dressage. Before joining us at Vermont Tech, Caitlin was the barn manager, assistant trainer, and instructor at East Hill Farm in Plainfield, VT under the guidance of Ruth Hogan-Poulsen. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Veterinary and Animal Science from UMASS and is also a certified equine and canine massage therapist from Equissage, in Leesburg, VA.
I joined the Vermont Tech faculty in 2002 and immediately found it to be an exciting and rewarding place to teach. I currently teach courses in materials, statics, and energy systems. In 2011, I spent a semester in Ireland at University College Cork studying wind power and energy modeling. Prior to joining Vermont Tech I taught at the University of Maryland and studied at the University of Washington where I had the chance to spend a summer at NEC in Japan working on optoelectronics technology. Outside of work I enjoy sailing, skiing, and spending time with my family.
I am an assistant nursing professor with Vermont Technical College at the Williston campus, working in the practical nursing program as well as the associate nursing program. I have worked at Vermont Tech since 2015, starting out as a clinical associate prior to becoming full-time faculty. I am also a Vermont Technical College alumni having graduated with my ADN from the nursing program in 2012. My nursing specialty is in orthopedics although I enjoy working in a variety of settings. I am orthopedic certified as well as Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified. I received my MSN in nursing education from Norwich in 2017, and I am currently in the midst of my DNP through Chamberlain University with an anticipated graduation of November 2019. I am a member of the ANA, NLN, ONCB. I work in the inpatient acute care setting on Baird 3 at University of Vermont Medical Center Hospital. This unit specializes in orthopedics and urology. I have a passion for nursing education and love to help students become amazing nurses. In my free time, I love to run, hike, snowshoe and mountain bike. I also love to travel and spend time with my family.