We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new Director of STI’s Practical Nurse Program!
Stephen received his Associate in Science degree in nursing from Bristol Community College in 1985, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Southeastern Massachusetts University (U-Mass Dartmouth) in 1989, and his Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2006. He is currently finishing his PhD degree from Walden University with an anticipated date of completion in January 2020. His doctoral dissertation is a qualitative phenomenological study exploring the lived experience of male students pertaining to the perception of stress during their nursing educational program.
He started his career at Saint Anne’s Hospital, as a staff nurse in oncology where he worked for approximately 15 years. In addition to acute care, he has experience in long term care having been a director of staff development and a nursing supervisor. He also has experience in community nursing, having worked as a visiting nurse for Southcoast VNA. Presently, he is also employed as a per diem RN case manager with Clifton Hospice Services in Somerset.
Mr. Alves has extensive knowledge and experience in practical nurse education. From 1989 until 2016, he was employed as a faculty member at Diman Regional School of Practical Nursing in Fall River.
In addition to his experience in vocational education, he has taught at the community college level. He was at Bristol Community College, first as an adjunct instructor from 2008 until 2016, and as the director of the RN program from July of 2016 until his resignation at the end of June 2019. Mr. Alves was a 2018 recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Award. This award is given for academic excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges.
He is very excited to be returning to vocational education and is a very strong supporter of practical nurse education. He believes in the significant contribution licensed practical nurses bring to healthcare. In his new role as Director of the Practical Nurse Program at STI, he will continue to maintain the highest standards set forth by his predecessor Mrs. Marybeth Pepin as well as the dedicated nurse educators in the program. He looks forward to working with the faculty to help promote student success and advocating for the valued role of practical nursing in today’s healthcare system.
Mr. Alves has been married to his wife Linda for 29 years. He and his wife are the proud parents of two boys, Peter, age 20, and Brian, age 17. He and his family have a beautiful one-year old golden retriever named Bentley and a cat named Allie. In his spare time, Mr. Alves enjoys spending time with family and friends.