Director of Nursing, Milestone Recovery
I joined Milestone Recovery (formerly Milestone Foundation) in the fall of 2013 as a part-time night RN after graduating from USM’s accelerated nursing program. Milestone is a vibrant nonprofit organization in Portland. Our detoxification program is the only non-hospital-based program of its kind in Maine.
Having previously earned a bachelor’s degree from USM in health sciences, with a minor in holistic and integrative health, working for a local nonprofit felt like the right t for me. After serving in multiple roles within the organization, I was honored to be hired as director of nursing in April 2017.
I’m learning and evolving in my position every day. I have been a leader in introducing more evidence-based practices into the detox program, including exposing our staff to motivational interviewing trainings and collaborating with local acupuncturists to provide group treatments to our clients. I’m also involved in implementing a new electronic health record for the program.
As director of nursing, it has been important for me to be a self-starter, creative thinker and a skilled problem solver. USM’s structured nursing program allowed me to not only develop my nursing skills, but also the chance to flourish in a professional setting in a leadership role. The faculty within USM’s School of Nursing contributed immensely to my practice today. I’ve been fortunate to remain in contact with many of my teachers. I’m continuously grateful for my time as a USM student and the relationships that I still enjoy today.
By Anne Bartlett '12, '13 for USM Connects