Three Rivers Community College Professor Terri Ashton Receives Nurse’s Touch Award

Three Rivers Community College is excited to share that Terri Ashton, Professor of Nursing, has received the Nurse’s Touch Award, presented by ATI Nursing Education. This prestigious, nationally recognized honor is presented to nurse educators who excel at teaching technical knowledge and skills to their students.
Nurse’s Touch Award honorees are nominated by peers and managers each fall, and a rigorous review and scoring process whittles to one representative from each of the four regions of the United States. This elite echelon of nurse educators were chosen because they possessed four qualities in particular: professional communication, wellness/self-care, knowledge of nursing informatics/technology, and leadership/management.
On receiving the award, Ashton says, “I am both honored and humbled. I know that I am in good company as a nurse educator. We all strive to help every student become successful. I feel that, as an educator, I am also a learner, continuously stretching in new ways to improve in my various roles in the classroom, clinical, and lab settings. I appreciate both the recognition and the opportunity for continued growth that this award offers.”
Three Rivers President Mary Ellen Jukoski said, ““We at Three Rivers are proud to have Teri as a part of our community, and warmly congratulate her on receiving the Nurse’s Award. She is a deserving recipient, and the award celebrates the knowledge, empathy, and skill that she shares with the nursing students of Three Rivers every day.”
Ashton’s colleague, Assistant Professor of Nursing Carol Emmerthal, described her as having, “a direct yet empathetic approach when dealing with students in the classroom, small groups, and individually. This direct style extends to her communication style with colleagues. As a new educator, I grew to depend on Teri for direction.”
Edie Ouellete, Director of Nursing and Allied Health at Three Rivers, congratulated Ashton stating, “Teri recognizes that the knowledge and skills to be an effective nurse educator are constantly evolving. She embraces new techniques in the classroom and laboratory settings and remains a consistent professional role model and mentor for her students. We are very lucky to have Teri on our team and proud of the award she has been given. Congratulations Teri!”
Ashton is a Professor of Nursing, who has taught at Three Rivers for 18 years. At Three Rivers, she is an active member of the Center for Teaching Committee, NLN Ambassador, and the Curriculum Development – Concept-Based Curriculum Work Committee. In the past, she has participated on the General Education Assessment Team, the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program Committee, College Congress, and the State Nursing Education Taskforce. She previously held positions at Shoreline Medical Center, Middlesex YMCA as a Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse, and Hartford Hospital.
Ashton will receive her award at the 2020 ATI National Nurse Educator Summit in Seattle, Washington, which is held April 5-8, 2020.

About​ Three Rivers Community College​:
Three Rivers Community College is an accessible, affordable, and culturally diverse two-year college located in Norwich, Connecticut, with an off-campus instructional center at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Knowing that the educational goals of its students are as diverse as their backgrounds, Three Rivers provides a broad range of credit and non-credit liberal arts, sciences, nursing, engineering, career and technical courses. The student population consists of almost 4,000 enrolled students each semester. To learn more about what Three Rivers has to offer, visit
About ATI Nursing Education:
ATI Nursing Education is the leading provider of online learning programs that are instrumental in improving faculty effectiveness and student and program outcomes in nursing schools across the country. Currently the company works with more than 20,000 nurse educators, approximately 2,100 colleges and universities nationwide, and more than 225,000 students. ATI Nursing Education has played a role in helping more than 1 million students pass the NCLEX, the U.S. nursing licensing exam. ATI Nursing Education is part of Ascend Learning. Founded in 2010, Ascend Learning provides technology-based educational, curriculum, and assessment solutions for healthcare and other professional industries. For more information, visit