Department of Nursing and Health Professions

Meet Janine Tellier Reale MS, RN, CHPN


M.S., Boston College
B.S., Boston College
Roger Williams Hospital School of Nursing

  • Hospice Nursing – Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse 2001 – 2009
  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing - Former CCRN and ACLS Certification and Basic Life Support Instructor
  • Nurse Educator – Critical Care and Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Simulation in Nursing faculty
  • Care of the Child clinical faculty

Ms. Reale was born and raised in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the oldest of four children and fortunate to have loving, supportive parents. A large and close extended family taught her the importance of people, loyalty, faith and contributing to society. Jan’s mother and two aunts were nurses and served as role models, strongly influencing her selection of nursing as a profession.

After graduating from nursing school in Providence, RI and passing the RN license exam, Ms. Reale moved to Boston MA to earn a BSN from Boston College. The first half of her career was spent in Critical Care where she learned advanced clinical skills, family support, teaching and leadership skills. These skills were valuable when Jan became an instructor at Brockton Hospital School of Nursing in Brockton, MA. Working as a nurse educator allowed her to incorporate all of the skills she loved most about nursing and motivated her to obtain a Master’s Degree from Boston College.

For several years, Jan focused on raising her three children, volunteering in their schools and working per diem in nursing. When she refocused on her nursing career she discovered Hospice Nursing and unexpectedly fell in love with this specialty. After ten years the urge to teach resurfaced and she was fortunate to join the faculty at Rivier to educate our future nurses.

Academic Philosophy
My teaching style and philosophy are strongly influenced by former teachers who taught with enthusiasm, creativity, and intelligence and also treated each student with respect, understanding and a genuine desire to help them succeed.

As a teacher of nursing, I believe a strong theoretical and clinical background is essential to prepare our future nurses with the many skills required to be a nurse. Nurses must be committed to a lifetime of learning if we hope to give our patients the best care possible. My mother and aunts taught me that nursing is also a calling that requires caring and respect for our patients, their families and all members of the health care team. I also believe interests beyond nursing help us to be well-rounded, interesting and fulfilled individuals. This philosophy serves as the framework for modeling nursing with my students.

Nurses are the hub of the health care wheel and we influence the heath and care of individuals throughout their life span and in many settings. Our profession has the strength and obligation to influence the delivery of health care at all levels, including our place of employment, locally, nationally and internationally. Research and technology should serve as tools to help us accomplish this goal.

I am fortunate to love my career and also have the opportunity to observe the effects of my work whenever I see a student provide care and comfort to a patient. Through each student I witness the bright future of nursing.

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