Donna Caplin

Work History

Work History
Mar 2006 - Present

Registered Nurse

Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN)
  • Interventional Radiology, Ambulatory Surgery, Ambulatory Medical Unit, and Endoscopy Unit.
  • Infection Control Liaison Committee.

Total years (20+) with ECHN include prior work at Rockville General Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital, and Woodlake at Tolland.

Dec 2004 - Feb 2006

Epidemiologist 2

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Responsibilities included:

  • Conducting adolescent viral hepatitis grant program activities including: hepatitis B vaccine surveys, data collection, and outreach to facilities and programs that serve adolescents.
  • Facilitating provider education about prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis in formal and informal settings.
  • Promoting and providing educational opportunities for adolescents to learn about hepatitis prevention and risk reduction.
  • Facilitating opportunities to vaccinate adolescents against hepatitis B.
  • Use of Geographic Information System technology to map youth hepatitis B programming overlaid with hepatitis B disease burden in the State of Connecticut. This work was used in a poster presentation given by a colleague at the Centers for Disease Control in 2004.
Sep 1999 - Dec 2004

Public Health Nurse

East Hartford Health Department

Conducted disease prevention and communicable disease follow-up activities, including:

  • Well child clinics and immunizations, WIC hemoglobin testing.
  • Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System-data entry and outreach.
  • Statistics and disease surveillance.
  • Tuberculosis care and contact investigations.
  • Maternal child health and child clinics
  • Children's lead screening; lead poisoning outreach and education; facilitating lead testing in children exposed to lead in households where a lead poisoned child is identified; coordinating lead outreach activities with lead clinics, local environmental staff, and local healthcare providers.
  • Senior flu clinics and outreach.
  • Community health promotional activities and immunizations.
  • Performing EKG, audiometry, pulmonary spirometry, vision testing, and immunizations for the town employee health program.
Jan 1998 - Sep 1999

Infection Control Nurse

Woodlake at Tolland

Responsibilities included:

  • Infection surveillance and control, including quarterly reports to the medical committee, trend analysis, monitoring of antibiotic usage and resistance, and placement recommendations for residents.
  • State reporting of infectious disease outbreaks and reportable diseases, including facility mapping, case definitions, outcome tracking, and consultation with medical and administrative staff.
  • Immunizations of staff, volunteers, and residents using standing order protocols to increase vaccine coverage.
  • Wound care coordinator and team leader. Eastern Connecticut Health Network facility representative in a wound care product study group. Product evaluations, staff training in product usage, product trials, and staff survey data used to implement a systematic approach¬† to product purchases.
  • ¬†Education of staff, residents, and families in primary and secondary disease prevention.
1981 - 1997

Charge/Triage/Staff Nurse

Rockville General Hospital
  • Medical floor, Emergency Department, Outpatient Procedures (including endoscopic procedures, transfusions, autologous blood donation, doppler studies, and employee health), Cardiac Rehabilitation, and One Day Surgery
  • Infection Control Liaison Committee
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Certification in Emergency Nursing
  • Trauma Nurse Core Course


Aug 2004 - Present


University of Hartford
Oct 1997 - May 2002

Bachelor of General Studies

Magna Cum Laude

Sep 1971 - Jun 1974


Hartford Hospital School of Nursing




Assisted in behavioral health research on the injection practices of intravenous drug users for the viral hepatitis/AIDS surveillance section of the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. Conducted research on the incidence of PTSD and other mental health issues and access to mental health care in Connecticut for returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. Conducted qualitative research on the homecoming experience of Connecticut veterans using a structured interview tool that I developed. This research has been accepted for presentation at the Force Health Protection conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in August 2009. Developing community partnerships and designing forum elements for a veterans forum at Manchester Community College to be held in Fall 2009.


Athletic Coach:

Youth coach of recreational track program for the town of Vernon for 10 years (1992-2002) serving ages 5 - 15 years.  Included management of financial resources, equipment and first aid supplies, and athletic events and practice sessions.

Coach of Vernon Center Middle School Cross-country team for 3 years (1997-1999) serving grades six through eight, and completed Connecticut Coaching certificate course at Eastern Connecticut State University during this tenure.


Sep 1974 - Feb 2010

Registered Nurse

Connecticut Department of Public Health