Brian Mast Addresses Nursing Students In RPB

Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto, Congressman Brian Mast, Professor of Nursing Dr. M.J. Duthie and NRI Institute Administrator Dan Splain.

The NRI Institute of Health Sciences in Royal Palm Beach hosted U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (R-District 18) on Monday, June 17.

Mast visited the school at the invitation of Professor of Nursing Dr. M.J. Duthie. He was welcomed to the campus by Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto and NRI Institute Administrator Dan Splain.

Mast spoke to the nursing students in their class about military life, as well as healthcare services in the military and in the Veterans Administration healthcare system.

It is a topic that Mast knows about first-hand. He lost both legs above the knee and the index finger on his left hand while attempting to defuse an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

He reminded the student nurses that many of them would work with veteran patients in the future, and he urged them to challenge the veterans to fight for recovery as hard as they fought for comrades and country during their service.

In addition to Duthie, Program Director Elizabeth Stolkowski and other NRI senior staff attended the session.

Almost 100 student nurses are training at the NRI Institute of Health Sciences, which offers associate’s degree programs in nursing and diagnostic medical sonography.

The NRI Institute was founded in Royal Palm Beach in 2013. The school is licensed by the Commission on Independent Education of the State of Florida and the Florida Board of Nursing, and it is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. For more info., call (561) 688-5112 or visit