65 over 65 - Joan DeMaio
|Congratulations to Joan DeMaio, 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
"You are creating your legacy in nursing every day, so never stop seeking knowledge. A strong knowledge base in nursing, whether it's clinical, managerial and/or educational, affords one the opportunity to have a strong impact on patient care and safety."
About the Honoree
Joan DeMaio, MSN, RN, is a true leader who leaves a legacy of respect and professionalism. She has, and continues to, advocate for the nursing profession, is a remarkable listener, and encourages personal and professional growth while listening to the specific strengths and talents of each individual. She has a natural gift for motivating people.
Joan is admired and respected and always a strong supporter of employee growth and development. Within the practice setting, she consistently helped others understand how they are each a significant part of the team. She took the time to understand the roles of every employee and facilitated meetings promoting team participation, always encouraging individuals to contribute without judgement. Joan had a true appreciation of how every employee fits within the organization and why each job is important as well as how it contributes to the team. She also promoted the importance of work-life balance. She built an environment of teamwork and collaboration by reinforcing the importance of workforce diversity, showing compassion and sensitivity to the feelings of others. Joan was always approachable and made each individual feel valued and respected, fostering an environment of open communication.
Joan's educational journey spanned from St. Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing and Southern Connecticut State University to Yale University School of Nursing. Joan was an Operating Room nurse and nurse manager for many years at Griffin Hospital; and spent almost 25 years at Milford Hospital as Director of Nursing and then Vice President of Nursing. Joan was a member and Treasurer for the Connecticut Organization of Nurse Executives, and is a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) since the 1960's and Sigma Theta Tau - Delta Mu Chapter since the 1980's.
Although Joan is now retired, she continues to guide, support and mentor all in the healthcare profession. Joan brings out the best in each person. She recognizes the uniqueness of each member of the team and encourages their very best. Joan is a true leader, superb example, and exceptional mentor.
Congratulations Joan, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!