Nursing Careers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock 2017-10-25T14:50:06+00:00

Why Choose A Nursing Career At Dartmouth-Hitchcock?

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Seasoned E.D. RN’s celebrating … comradery and team spirit …. The excitement of working together under stress and often with high patient volume in the department. Our Shared Governance model provides exceptional commitment to transformational leadership and structural empowerment.

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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 – and our competency-based orientation plan.

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The Trauma Program at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) provides care for patients who come through the Emergency Department requiring immediate treatment of injuries. The program is the only trauma center in New Hampshire to earn a Level One Trauma Center verification.

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Continuing EducationThe Center for Learning and Professional Development’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) offices offer courses and conferences for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals in the New England region and beyond.

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Sim LabThe Patient Safety Training Center (PSTC) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock provides services and facilities for multidisciplinary experiential learning. We provide a safe environment offering a full spectrum of opportunities for learning, as well as personal and professional challenge.

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CaringDartmouth-Hitchcock’s Nurse Residency Program provides a structured orientation experience that allows newly graduated RNs – and nurses with less than one year of clinical experience – to begin their nursing career with confidence.

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PeriopThis is a 10-month program for new graduate nurses combining Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses (AORN) approved online didactic learning with clinical skills labs and experiences in the Operating Room.

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Periop 101The program begins with participation in selected Experienced Nurse Orientation (ENO) offerings. Following ENO, participants combine Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses (AORN) approved online didactic content with clinical skills labs and hands-on experiences in the Operating Room.

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Our Nursing Talent Community is a resource for all levels of nurses who want careers that they can be proud of.

Joining this community is a great idea for nurses who are just starting their careers, nurse residency candidates, travel nurses seeking new opportunities and seasoned nursing professionals.

This community will allow you to submit your credentials to our nurse recruiters so that they can learn about you as a candidate and will also provide you with relevant job alerts and nursing content that will help you decide if Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a smart career move for you.

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Interactive D-H Nursing Professional Practice Model

DH Nursing Professional Practice Model

Our professional practice model (PPM) depicts how we practice, collaborate, communicate and develop professionally to provide the highest quality of care to our patients, families and communities. Our PPM illustrates the alignment and integration of nursing practice with Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s mission, vision and values.

Our PPM is a lived experience. It was developed by registered nurses serving in various roles across our system under the guidance of Dr. Maria O’Rourke. Dr. O’Rourke’s life work has been to improve patient care through the alignment of care delivery with the standardization of nursing practice. Research indicates that organizations that deliver high-quality care have professionals who minimize variation in their practice and operate with a synergistic understanding of their professional role.


The science of nursing is based on the nursing process, an analytical framework of critical thinking, comprised of assessment, diagnosis, outcomes identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation. As nurse scientists, we create new knowledge through robust nursing research. We access, evaluate and apply the most current evidence in our continual quest to improve outcomes.


Professional nurses possess a specialized body of knowledge which they freely convey to patients, families, the community and colleagues. Our commitment to caring includes the D-H professional nurses’ continuous engagement in the “transmission and exchange of pertinent information that supports decisions required to manage the patient’s condition” (O’Rourke, 2011).


Society grants us professional privilege with the understanding and expectation that we are guided by standards (state boards of nursing, nursing scope and standards, specialty standards). Monitoring and measuring our practice and outcomes are key components of our professional role responsibility.



We make decisions about care delivery to individuals or groups of patients with consideration for individual needs and preferences, based on nursing theory, science and evidence. We partner and collaborate with the other professional disciplines in health care to ensure safe passage of patients and families within our communities.


Professional Role Clarity

As members of the profession of nursing, we adopt the tenets of practitioner, leader/decision-maker, scientist and transferor as foundational to our practice. This integrated set of tenets transcends functional roles (e.g. direct care registered nurse, manager, chief nursing officer, advance practice nurse practitioner, educator, clinical specialist, etc.) to bring meaning and significance to our professional practice across our health care delivery system.