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Why Choose A Nursing Career At Dartmouth-Hitchcock?

  • Shared Governance model
  • Comprehensive Orientation
  • Level 1 Trauma Facility
  • Academic Practice
  • State-of-the-art Simulation Lab
  • Nurse Residency Program
  • Nurse Residency Program: Perioperative Track
  • Periop 101 Training Program
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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.

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s nursing orientation programs

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Experienced Nurse Orientation

The 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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Nurse Residency Program

Dartmouth-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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Experienced Nurse Orientation: Perioperative Track

The 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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Nurse Residency Program: Perioperative Track

This 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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