Hello! My name is Briana Terrill and I am a Registered Nurse, and completing my Master’s of Science in Nursing, in the Evidence-Based Practice Program in conjunction with the LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities) at the University of New Hampshire. My anticipated graduation date is this May, 2013. My academic career at The University of New Hampshire has been enriching and inspiring. The clinical experiences paired with classroom learning and volunteer opportunities has provided me with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance my career as a nurse.
One of the highlights of my undergraduate education, is that I took a leadership role in developing and organizing the 1st annual UNH Special Health Fair with other senior nursing students. This fair included participation from many on campus organizations and included booths run by sophomore and junior nursing students. This event helped operationalize leadership, teamwork and community health concepts from my education.
One of the highlights of my graduate education is the NH LEND program. “The NH Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH LEND) is a collaboration between the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine. The purpose of NH LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health. Trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines engage in training related to interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent systems of care for children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families. Since 1993, NH LEND has provided graduate level interdisciplinary training in maternal and child health/developmental disabilities for students and professionals at UNH” (NH LEND).
Summary of my participation in the NH LEND Program:
- Developed leadership skills that address the needs of children who have neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and their families, in order to move into leadership roles in my community.
- Developed an understanding of public policy and evidence-based care.
- Participated in clinical training at Child Health Services -Special Medical Services and the Seacoast Child Development Clinic at the University of New Hampshire.
To learn more about this program please visit: http://www.mchlend.unh.edu/about.aspx
My work experience has also provided me with varied and diverse experience. Camp Allen is a camp located in Bedford, NH that is for children and adults of ALL ages with disabilities. Counselors come from all over the world, and make camp the best experience for the campers. Nursing at Camp Allen is filled with s’mores, med administrations, tending to emergency situations, and of course ensuring that the campers are having the best times of their lives.
To learn more about Camp Allen visit: http://www.campallennh.org/index.shtml
In addition, I have work experience at Great Bay Services which is a day and residential program for adults with disabilities. My responsibilities include medication administration, health promotion, health coordination through appointments and communication with health care practitioners.
My work and education experience has given me excellent skills in:
- Family Centered Care
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Health Promotion
- Emergency response
- Medication administration
- Diversity and Cultural Awareness
- Conflict management
- Resources for individuals with disabilities
- Interdisciplinary communication, skills, and projects