Spotlight on Nursing Preceptor Sharon DiVitto
“I have had the privilege to precept Psych NP students from the MGH Institute in Emergency Mental Health Services (EMHS) for the past 17 years. It is an exciting partnership to welcome into and support new Nurses in the nursing profession.
I believe it is very important to be a compassionate and fun mentor and provide exciting and diverse experiences in working with patients, their families, and coworkers in this very acute and sometimes dangerous environment.
EMHS provides a wealth of experiences with various populations who present with no hope in their lives. I always feel proud to tell patients and families and coworkers from other departments that “We are in the hope business!” I try to foster growth and development and assist students in working through their countertransference issues and conquer their fears in a nurturing and compassionate environment.
Sharon DiVitto RN MA MS CS APRN BC, Psychiatric/Mental Health Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
"Each year her students describe their learning experiences with Sharon as outstanding, exceptional, and inspiring."
Sharon DiVitto has precepted students in our psychiatric mental health track since 1999 and exemplifies the qualities of a model preceptor.
She listens to students and finds ways to highlight and provide specific examples of a wide range of presentation and the more subtle and distinct expressions of mental illness exemplifying the art and science of assessing and diagnosing clinical problems encountered in the emergency department setting. Sharon generously adapts schedules and presentations to accommodate student needs.
Numerous students cite Sharon as the best preceptor they had, saying that she is a true inspiration as well as being sensitive, compassionate, and nonjudgmental.
Susan Stevens, DNP, MS, MEd, PMHNP-BC, Coordinator of the Psychiatric/Mental Health Lifespan Specialty
“I tried my best then (and now in my own practice) to emulate Sharon's way of being with patients. She is warm, compassionate, empathic, and I channel her often now in practice with my own patients.
Sharon is calming, non-judgmental, and open to everyone that comes across her path. I always thought to myself how lucky these patients were to have her as their clinician in such a moment of crisis.”
Isabella Mariano, MSN '15, RN, PMHNP-BC: Psychiatric/Mental Health Lifespan Nurse Practitioner