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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 childrenâs neurodevelopment nor did she expect to become Rhode Island Hospitalâs Nurse of the Year.
Yet, at Rhode Island Hospitalâs 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 âof the yearâ winners, Eich, who works in the Childrenâs Neurodevelopment Center was recognized as nurse of the year.
âI was surprised. I feel like what I do every day is routine and just a part of my job,â Eich said of her award.
Despite Eichâs modesty, her clinical manager Nancy Bowering said she goes above and beyond as a nurse in the Childrenâs Neurodevelopment Center, which cares for children who have autism, attention deficient disorder and epilepsy and their families.
âSheâs a great nurse. Sheâs smart and efficient and very compassionate,â Bowering said. âWith the kind of population we work with, one has to be on top of all the different things going on with the child.â
to teach patients how to use new equipment, how to manage seizures and has to contact schools for updated recommendations for classroom placement.
âWe take care of all those myriad of issues. Thatâs our vision [at the Childrenâs Neurodevelopment Center]. This is a small part of the childâs life. [Eichâs] focus and priorities is to assist the family and child to continue living their lives. Sheâs wonderful to work with,â Bowering said.
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