A nationally certified school nurse with 29 years of experience in pediatric, hospital and school nursing is the new Director of Nursing for the town of Trumbull.
First Selectmen Timothy Herbst announced the appointment of Coleen Figliuzzi, RN, BSN, NCSN, of Milford to the $80,000-a-year post during a news media briefing on Feb. 22.
He said Figliuzzi’s priorities will include getting Trumbull school nurses to follow national standards, using classroom health education to promote wellness practices among school students, and increase wellness education for Trumbull’s senior citizens, particularly at the Stern Village senior citizen complex.
She replaces Judith Locke, who held the position since 1988, and will take over her new duties officially on March 18.
Herbst said the search committee gave Figliuzzi such a strong recommendation following recent interviews that he immediately called her in to offer her the job before someone else could hire her away.
“Throughout the interview process, Coleen showed a true passion for school nursing as well as a keen compassion for the elderly,” Herbst said.
Figliuzzi said the health needs for children and the elderly share certain similarities. Both are often dependent and other family members are involved in making health decisions, she said.
Figliuzzi received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1984 from Fairfield University.
Her most recent positions involved serving as a Nurse Practice Educator and a Patient and Family Educator at a leading children’s hospital in the Midwest.
She also has 11 years of experience as a school nurse in Florida and Ohio, and was named as Palm Beach County’s Nurse Educator of the Year.
Early in her career, she was the Clinical Director of Nursing for one of the nation’s first high-tech pediatric home care agencies, and she has also served as a staff nurse in the pediatric intensive care units at the University of Connecticut, John Dempsey Hospital and at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC.