The RISRC is proud to introduce the recipient of the 2021 Rhode Island Respiratory Therapist of the Year Award....

Nicole Watkins, RRT

Please see below the wonderful nomination we received for Nicole, and join us in sending her a big congratulations!

"Nicole started her career as a CNA in one of the busiest units at RIH, the Respiratory Intermediate Care Unit. No matter what the situation was Nicole always had a smile and a calm way about her. The RT department was thrilled to hear that she decided to become an RT. Her transition to our department was seamless. Nicole was always eager to learn and quickly became a resource for new employees. She always makes students and new RT's feel welcome and relieves some of their anxieties. Nicole is always looking for opportunity for improvement, she is PALS and ACLS certified and is currently finishing up her bachelor's degree. She is always attentive to her patients and will recommend changes or implementation of policies and procedures to optimize patient care. Nicole always receives her assignment the same positive way, even when it's less than desirable. During the COVID pandemic, Nicole, like most in our department, rose to the occasion. What makes Nicole stand out, is her wonderful attitude, willing ness to help, and her overall genuine concern for her patients."

We'd like to give special recognition to the other nominees. We are very proud of the work you do. We hope you continue to inspire your co-workers and other RTs and we look forward to seeing you nominated again next year!
Arianna Moussally

Catherine Egan

Robert Johannes

Previous Recipients

2020: Jeanne Massey, RRT