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65 over 65 - Dr. Patricia C. Bouffard

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia C. Bouffard, one of the distinguished honorees that will be recognized throughout the year culminating in a state-wide celebration at CLN's 65th Jubilee in June 2018.

Pearl of Wisdom
"No matter how far I strayed from the bedside, I was always a nurse: caring, empathic, tough, and a good listener."


About the Honoree
Patricia C. Bouffard has been active in nursing, nursing education, and nursing articulation.  She served as a steering committee member on the Connecticut League for Nursing Colleagues in Caring grants. She was a member on the 1992 Statewide Articulation Committee that developed the Connecticut Articulation Model for Nurse Educational Mobility.  Dr. Bouffard was an active member of CLN's Deans and Directors Council from 1992 to 2001 and served as Secretary for several terms.  At Naugatuck Valley Community College where she was both the Director of Allied Health, Nursing and Physical Education for nine years and, subsequently, the Dean of Learning and Student Development she was nominated by her colleagues for the state employees Nurse of the Year Award in 2003.
Dr. Bouffard is now the Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer for Northwestern Connecticut Community College.  She has 26 years of community college experience, beginning as a part-time clinical faculty in the registered nurse program at Mattatuck Community College [now Naugatuck Valley Community College].  Dr. Bouffard served as the Director of Allied Health, Nursing, and Physical Education at Naugatuck Valley Community College [Waterbury] for nine years before moving to her current position as Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer, the last seven at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. 
She was chosen as A Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women in 2010/2011. She was honored to receive the Josephine A. Dolan Award for Distinguished Service from the University of Connecticut in 2011 and was honored to receive the 2015 Vera Keane Diamond Jubilee Award from the Connecticut Nurses' Association.
Dr. Bouffard has been on the Board of Examiners for Nursing since November 2002 and has been Chair since May 2008. 
She received a nursing diploma from The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, her Bachelors' of Science in Nursing [BSN] from the University of Hartford, her MS from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate in Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Congratulations Pat, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!


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