SVHC's Weekly Health Update: June 17

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June 17, 2022
Radiation Oncology at SVMC
Matthew Vernon, MD, a radiation oncologist with SVMC, joined Trey Dobson, MD, to talk about radiation treatment of cancer, the exciting changes at the Cancer Center, and running for fun and fitness during this week's Medical Matters Weekly.
A Summer of Learning and Fun
Wishing for the safest and most fun summer ever? Kelsey Pierce, PA, of SVMC Pediatrics has you covered. Read More.
Common Questions: Advanced Directives
These important documents are easier than you think. Social Worker Elizabeth Fredland offers answers. Read More.
Vaping: Hidden Danger
If you think vaping is harmless, think again. Learn what you need to know for yourself and the young people in your life. Read More.
Weight-Loss Surgery Now Available Locally
Qualified patients can have a weight-loss procedure at SVMC through a partnership with Capital Bariatrics. Read On.
Medical Matters Weekly
Ada Stewart, MD, FAAFP, leads the American Academy of Family Physicians and is the next Medical Matters Weekly guest. Read More.
Summer Gala Raises Record Funds
More than 400 attendees and nearly 50 generous sponsors fueled enthusiastic support for SVHC. 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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