Aline Demers was a beloved teacher and accomplished nurse known for her larger-than-life personality and gift for storytelling. As a practicing nurse and researcher, Demers specialized in physiology and medical-surgical nursing, with an emphasis on cardiology and neurology.
Burlington to Boston and back
A native Vermonter, Demers received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Vermont in 1955. She then accepted a teaching position at the Boston University School of Nursing, where she taught for five years before returning to UVM in 1960.
During her time at Boston University, Demers began what would become a lifelong commitment to interprofessional education, a practice in which students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. She became an advocate for the practice at UVM, where she taught for more than thirty years and remained for the duration of her career. The Demers Award in Clinical Simulation, presented for excellence in interdisciplinary education in clinical simulation, was established in 2014 to honor her work.
Researcher, educator, artist
In addition to her roles as nurse, researcher, and educator, Demers was also a painter and cartoonist. She illustrated two books: Directory of the Occult and Paranormal and Primer of Neurology and Neurophysiology, which she also co-authored. Demers especially enjoyed painting landscapes, and her home was filled with beautiful renderings of the Vermont countryside, including its mountains, farms, and covered bridges.
Demers served as chairperson of several committees for the Visiting Nurse Association and was active in the Vermont State Nurses’ Association and Vermont Chapter of the American Heart Association. She received a service award from the American Heart Association in 1974.
Demers remained an active member of the Department of Nursing community following her retirement, sharing her wit, wisdom, and warmth at nursing reunion events. She was an unforgettable person who was beloved by those who knew her well.