- DHMC is Nurse-centric
Dartmouth-Hitchcock's inpatient nurses thrive in the vibrant, challenging environment of a Magnet-designated (2003) and re-designated (2009) academic medical center. Our ambulatory care nurses provide quality episodic care throughout the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic network, which is one of the largest multi-specialty group practices in New England.
- Shared Governance
The mission of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Shared Governance is to develop all nurses as leaders who will create and promote an environment that provides and maintains safe, high quality patient- and family-centered care.
- Extensive ongoing training
Newly-hired experienced RNs and LPNs in the hospital and clinic participate in our Experienced Nurse Orientation program.
Photo: Experienced Nurse OrientationThe goal of this program is to familiarize newly-hired nurses with nursing practice standards and policies at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Nurses are introduced to eD-H - Dartmouth-Hitchcock's electronic health record computer system - and our competency-based orientation plan. Nurses meet resource people in the classroom and simulation lab setting.
Experienced Nurse Orientation is offered on a monthly basis. It provides a combination of classroom sessions, electronic resources and simulated lab experiences in our Patient Safety Training Center where the experienced nurse is introduced to commonly-used equipment and procedures and current quality initiatives.
Upon completion of Experienced Nurse Orientation, the nurse will go on to a unit-specific orientation designed by a Clinical Nurse Educator that consists of guided self-study and/or classroom instruction that is individualized to the experienced nurse's learning needs. Newly-hired nurses are assigned a staff nurse preceptor who will assist them to demonstrate/perform the required competencies in their area of practice.