Some patients breathe better and some patients sleep better because of John Murray’s professional expertise and teaching style.
Professor Murray is coordinator of NECC’s sleep technology program, clinical coordinator of the respiratory care program, and instructor of various respiratory care, sleep technology and iHealth classes.
A registered respiratory therapist and registered polysomnographic (sleep) technologist, he brings more the 20 years of experience into the NECC classrooms where he believes hands-on-training is crucial to developing the think-on-your-feet skills needed by these health care professionals in training.
“I find the most productive way to engage my students is to get them out of the chair and interacting in clinical scenarios,” he says. “When we learn a new concept or procedure and practice it in the laboratory setting using high fidelity simulators it makes the experience real and cements the learning objectives.”
Professor Murray earned an Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy from Newbury College, a Bachelor of Science in Polysomnography from California College of Health Science, and a Master of Public Health from Independence University.
Before joining the Northern Essex faculty in 2007, he worked at the Maine Sleep Institute at Maine Medical Center, where he was the manager of the service. Prior to that, he was the director of Rehabilitation Services at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro N.H. where he was responsible for clinical operations in cardiopulmonary care, cardiac rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology, and long term care patient activities.
He has been teaching at the community college level for nine years.
“I enjoy teaching the introductory classes and seeing the students enter with very little knowledge of the field to watching them interact with patients and other professionals in the clinical setting,” he says.