BRIDGTON — Thomas Nolan, a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Bridgton Hospital, has been named the recipient of the St. Rene Clinical Instructor of the Year award by the University of New England.

The presentation was made at the Nov. 5 Class of 2011 commencement exercises for the University of New England Graduate School of Nurse Anesthesia.

This is the first year for the award, which has been established to recognize the value of the clinical instructors to the nurse anesthesia program. Nolan was given the award because of his teaching ability as well as clinical participation in student education. St. Rene was designated as the patron saint of nurse anesthetists in 1951 at the St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nurse Anesthetists in Wausau, Wis.

Nolan has been a nurse anesthetist for 28 years and has been practicing at Bridgton Hospital since 2006. He is a resident of Bridgton.

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