Drew Totten was raised in Bennington county, Vermont. He holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and nursing practice from Southern Vermont College in Bennington and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Chamberlain University in Chicago, Illinois. Drew received his Certified Professional Coach (CPC) credential from the Fowler International Academy.
He began his healthcare career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). While attending nursing school, he worked as a laboratory phlebotomist and Emergency Department technician at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). Drew’s nursing experience encompassed oncology and palliative care, private practice, medical and surgical nursing as well as eleven years as a critical care nurse in the Emergency Department. He has spent over 40 years in the healthcare industry and prior to his retirement from SVMC held the position of Direction of Education, Simulation, and Organizational Development for the healthcare system.
Drew retired from SVMC to follow his passion for helping support and coach others. He is available for Life, Health and Relationship coaching for all individuals regardless of age or profession. His practice focuses on coaching and mentoring healthcare practitioners of all disciplines as well as the general public. He guides them through the many challenges new and experienced providers face each day. His clients may be Registered Nurses, LPNs, Nursing Assistants, EMTs, Radiology Technicians, and other ancillary professionals. Drew’s coaching style is based on his “walking the walk” work and life experiences. He understands the unique culture of working in the healthcare industry as he has lived it. His experience working with people is his greatest asset. The breadth of this experience is invaluable in a coaching practice.
In January 2020, Drew “came out of retirement” to accept the position of Assistant Professor of Nursing and Simulation Center Director at Castleton University’s Bennington Campus. Castleton has been educating students proudly since 1787. Working with young adults is one of Drew’s most cherished experiences.
When not in his office or online coaching clients, he can be found as a guest lecturer in the nursing and allied health programs at Vermont Technical College and the Southwestern Vermont Career Development Center. He is a part-time professor at the Community College of Vermont (CCV). His courses include Wellness for Life, Medical Terminology, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, and Introduction to Forensics.
Drew is a strong advocate for community service and is a life member of the Manchester Rescue Squad. He has served as an executive officer and EMS provider for more than 30 years. Drew is a trainer for “U Matter” which is a Suicide Prevention Community Awareness program certified by the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center. Recently Drew became a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in the Vermont Family Court system. In this role, he advocates for the welfare and best interests of the youth in Vermont.
In his free time, you’ll find him spending time with his two children, grandchildren and his two sidekicks Doug and Dudley—his Dachshund pals.