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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When Marie Eich of Saunderstown started her nursing career 23 years ago she had no idea she would love working in childrenâ€™s neurodevelopment nor did she expect to become Rhode Island Hospitalâ€™s Nurse of the Year.
Yet, at Rhode Island Hospitalâ€™s annual Employee Service Awards Dinner, which honored nearly 1,100 employees at the hospital to celebrate major career milestones, such as anniversaries, new retirees and employees â€śof the yearâ€ť winners, Eich, who works in the Childrenâ€™s Neurodevelopment Center was recognized as nurse of the year.
â€śI was surprised. I feel like what I do every day is routine and just a part of my job,â€ť Eich said of her award.
Despite Eichâ€™s modesty, her clinical manager Nancy Bowering said she goes above and beyond as a nurse in the Childrenâ€™s Neurodevelopment Center, which cares for children who have autism, attention deficient disorder and epilepsy and their families.
â€śSheâ€™s a great nurse. Sheâ€™s smart and efficient and very compassionate,â€ť Bowering said. â€śWith the kind of population we work with, one has to be on top of all the different things going on with the child.â€ť
to teach patients how to use new equipment, how to manage seizures and has to contact schools for updated recommendations for classroom placement.
â€śWe take care of all those myriad of issues. Thatâ€™s our vision [at the Childrenâ€™s Neurodevelopment Center]. This is a small part of the childâ€™s life. [Eichâ€™s] focus and priorities is to assist the family and child to continue living their lives. Sheâ€™s wonderful to work with,â€ť Bowering said.
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