Title: Director Of Nursing for Inpatient Behavioral Health Services and Education
Company: Miravista Behavioral Health Center
Location: Westhampton, Massachusetts, United States
Erica L. Trudell, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing for Inpatient Behavioral Health Services and Education at Miravista Behavioral Health Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in behavioral health.
With nearly two decades of professional experience, Ms. Trudell is an expert in nursing leadership and operations, behavioral health, trauma-informed care and managing aggressive behavior. In her current role, she is responsible for the overall operations and clinical care provided at Miravista Behavioral Health Center. She began her career as a registered nurse at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in 2009, and earned promotions to clinical nurse supervisor and nurse manager before leaving the hospital for a new opportunity in 2013. She subsequently thrived in various nurse and nurse management positions at Cooley Dickinson Hospital from 2014 until 2021. Additionally, she served as a nursing supervisor at Vertava Health from 2020 to 2021.
Having spent a considerable amount of time with individuals coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia when she was a very young girl, Ms. Trudell developed a passion for behavioral health and became determined to go to nursing school. To that end, she earned an associate degree in nursing from Holyoke Community College in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Governors University in 2013. She is currently pursuing a master’s in nursing from the aforementioned university.
At work, Ms. Trudell has introduced trauma-informed care and patient restraint prevention techniques to reduce the amount of restraint interventions for the child and adolescent patients. She additionally created a trauma-informed care workshop for the acute care setting and facilitated the training to all emergency room staff and medical surgical staff. The program subsequently was implemented as part of mandatory training for all new nurses being oriented. Her most notable achievement occurred when she became a manager in a child and adolescent unit that had a patient restraint rate that was so high that the state was going to place the facility in provisional license. She spearheaded an effort that reduced the unit from having 20 to 40 patient restraints a month to having less than 10. Extremely devoted to her patients, she wants to lead her organization toward becoming a restraint-free facility.
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