SVMC Celebrates Accredited Nursing Residency Graduates


Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has graduated eight nurses from its transition-to-practice nursing residency program. The program is the first program in the state and one of only 208 in the United States to have received accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Practice Transition Credentialing Program for nurses working in the wards medico-surgical, for women and children and emergency. Accreditation for the intensive care unit is expected to be obtained later this year. Current students of the program joined the graduates in celebrating their achievement.

The one-year program is completed during the students’ first year of employment and while they work in nursing positions throughout the organization. Monthly meetings connect RNs with nurse educators, leaders and qualified preceptors for mentorship. They incorporate clinical skills assessments and hone the interpersonal and organizational skills needed to coordinate care with a team of occupational health care providers. Group session topics include communication, leadership, interprofessional teamwork, evidence-based practice, and ethics. Skill-building sessions provided new graduate nurses with opportunities to gain confidence in the practical aspects of their work.

“We are very proud of these distinguished graduates,” said Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at SVMC. “Each of them is prepared for a long and successful career in nursing.”

Seated, left to right: graduates Pauline Evans, BSN, RN, in medicine-surgery; Caraline Sprague, RN, medicine-surgery; Rebekah Keasbey, BSN, RN, of USI; and Regina Johnson, RN, of Medicine-Surgery. Standing, left to right: current students Leanne Hallenbeck, MS, RN, of CIP; Tayler Ferris-Dow, RN, from the emergency department; Mariah Micare, RN, from the emergency department; Michael Sigsbury, BSN, RN, from the emergency department; and Alison Camarda, MSN, RN, director of clinical education. Graduates not pictured include Christina Cooper, BSN, RN, Women and Children’s Services; Sam Irion, RN, from the emergency department; Daelyn Peterson, BSN, RN, of Medicine-Surgery; and Claire Quigley, BSN, RN, from the emergency department.

About SVHCs:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a preeminent, comprehensive health care system that provides exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to communities in Bennington and Windham counties in Vermont, east of Rensselaer and Washington counties in New York and north of Berkshire County in Massachusetts. The SVHC includes the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.

Southwest Vermont Health Care is one of the most popular small rural health systems in the country. He is the recipient of the American Hospital Association’s 2020 Rural Hospital Leadership Award. Additionally, SVMC was ranked fourth nationally for the value of care it provides by the Lown Institute Hospital Index in 2020 and has received five-time Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for l excellence in nursing. The healthcare system is fortunate to have the support of platinum-level corporate sponsor Mack, a leading provider of contract manufacturing services and plastic injection molded parts based in Arlington, VT.

BENNINGTON, VT—June 24, 2022—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center


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