Community Service Alumni Award

Photo of Bruce Hoffman, RN-to-BSN graduate

Bruce Hoffman
2015 Community Service Alumni Award Recipient
Class of 2014, BS Nursing

Bruce Hoffman is a true champion of community service, nursing, and nursing education, going above and beyond in advocating for initiatives that impact the health of Connecticut’s communities.

Even before receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Goodwin College in 2014, Bruce had long been a passionate volunteer for a number of organizations, effecting significant changes, especially in life-saving policies.

An American Heart Association volunteer since 2010, Bruce has served on the State Public Policy Advisory Committee. His accomplishments include participating in a panel discussion on the effectiveness of social media in advancing policy goals at the New England Affiliate’s Heath Strategies Retreat; mentoring youth in the Ellington Rescue Post; and prioritizing and approving legislative agendas. Bruce’s policy priorities have included legislative efforts to create a statewide Stroke System of Care; the addition of Hands-Only CPR to the required high school curriculum; the inclusion of smoking cessation benefits for Medicaid recipients; and newborn screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease. Bruce has also served as the lead organizer for CPR in schools’ recognition and informational events and as an advisor to promote CPR training at Ellington High School.

Bruce was also involved in advocating at the state capitol for the inclusion of CPR/AED training in the required high school health and wellness curriculum. He presented before the State Board of Education; met with chairs and members of the General Assembly’s Public Health Committee; testified at legislative committee public hearings; and participated in three of the American Heart Association’s legislative receptions, where he facilitated CPR demonstrations with the Ellington Rescue Post youth and elected officials. Bruce’s efforts ultimately led to the passage of a resolution supporting CPR/AED training in all school districts.

Bruce also participated in the American Heart Association’s federal Heart on the Hill day, advocating for National Institutes of Health funding; participating in advocacy training; and meeting with Connecticut’s Congressional delegation and senior staff.

Since 2003, Bruce has been an active member of the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. as an emergency medical technician-basic/paramedic. He has responded to medical and trauma emergencies; performed website development and maintenance, and software infrastructure and training program development. Training opportunities that he created helped create a robust understanding of the healthcare continuum from pre-hospital to acute care phase to discharge and rehab. As a BSN graduate, Bruce was able to help pre-hospital and intra-hospital peers better understand the healthcare system. In addition, Bruce coordinated and taught CPR, EMT-basic initial and refresher and pre-hospital trauma life support courses.Bruce also volunteers as the lead nurse consultant for Phoenix Charter Academy in Massachusetts. He has coordinated and monitored healthcare services, needs, and education for a network of charter schools; established and offered guidance in healthcare protocol; established health curriculum for students 14 to 21 years old; and monitored and offered guidance on establishing a safe and compliant “Little Scholars” daycare program for the children of the mothers who attend the school.

Bruce’s volunteer service alone could fill a full-time work schedule, but he also holds a number of jobs in the fields of nursing, education, and consultation: as a critical care nurse/paramedic at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center and Baystate Medical Center, and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is also employed at Distance CME as a critical care educator and at Springfield Technical Community College as clinical faculty.

Bruce is unwavering in his long-standing commitment in addressing some of the health needs of our community.