VONL honors Shelburne resident

Leah Matterson

Vermont Tech Nursing Professor Leah Matteson of Shelburne is the 2012 recipient of the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders (VONL) “Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.” Matteson was lauded for her passion for the nursing profession and teaching, encouraging students to grow as critical thinkers and for her innovative approach to applied learning at the award ceremony during VONL’s annual Summit conference, held last month.
Matteson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing. She is currently leading a Vermont Tech pilot study using mobile access devices, applications, and social media in the curricula to understand the impact of nursing students’ learning.
“Our goal is to create an interactive learning environment in the classroom using these technologies, and then to assess the outcomes for our students and patients at the point of care,” said Matteson, who has taught at Vermont’s leading academic institutions as well as previously serving as an educator with the Vermont State Department of Mental Health and New York State Department of Health.
Matteson was also the recipient of the “Leadership in Nursing Award” from Russell Sage College, where she attended as an undergraduate and graduate student. She is currently a DNS (Doctorate of Nursing Science) candidate at the college. She has also been the recipient of the “Legislative Advocate of the Year” award from the Vermont chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, where she was previously a board member.

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