SVHC Weekly Health Update: May 27

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May 27, 2022
 
The Dartmouth Institute's Health Services Research
 
 
This week on Medical Matters Weekly with Trey Dobson, MD, Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, gave us a tour through the fascinating world of health services research.
 
Third Dose for Ages 5 – 11 
 
 
A booster dose of COVID vaccine is now available to kids ages 5 - 11 who received their second dose 5 months ago or more. Pediatrician Meghan Gunn, MD, of SVMC Pediatrics, explains why she got her own kids a booster.
 
 
You Could Win $10,000!
 
The hottest ticket this summer includes cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500. Only 500 tickets will be sold. That means your odds of winning have never been better. Did we mention that the top prize is $10,000 cash? What are you waiting for?
 
 
Speech and Language for Young Children
Speech-Language Pathologist Rebecca Carey explains how to foster these important skills in children age 1 - 2. Read More.
 
 
Six Tips for Safe Outdoor Exercise
SVMC ExpressCare Provider Crystal Labbe-Hasty, PA, shares how you can avoid the most common mishapsRead More.
 
A Virtual Event Series for Cancer Survivors
Join experts from Dartmouth Health to learn about how you can thrive through survivorship. Read More and Register.
 
 
Questions from the COVID Hotline
SVHC's COVID Hotline continues to receive a lot of calls from our community. Here are some recent questions and the expert answers. Read More.
 
Next on Medical Matters Weekly
Arwen Turner, executive director of Come Alive Outside, will join Medical Matters Weekly with Trey Dobson, MD, at 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Read More.
 
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SVMC Celebrates Accredited Nursing Residency Graduates

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), graduated eight nurses from its Transition-to-Practice Nurse 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 Accreditation Program for nurses working in the medical-surgical, women's and children's, and emergency departments. Accreditation for the intensive care unit is expected to be obtained later this year. Current students in the program joined the graduates in celebrating their completion.
 
The year-long program is completed during the students' first year of employment and as they serve in nursing roles across the organization. Monthly meetings connect RNs with nurse educators, leaders, and skilled preceptors for mentorship. They incorporate clinical skills assessments and hone the interpersonal and organizational skills needed to coordinate care with a team of health care providers on the job. Topics for group sessions include communication, leadership, inter-professional teamwork, evidence-based practice, and ethics. Skill sessions provided new graduate nurses opportunities to gain confidence in the hands-on aspects of their work.
 
"We are very proud of these distinguished graduates,"  said Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, the chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services at SVMC. "Each of them is prepared for a long and successful career in the field of nursing."
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