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Published on April 16, 2015

Rutland Regional Celebrates Nurses Week with Screening of Award-Winning Film

Rutland Regional Medical Center celebrates National Nurses Week (May 6-12), which proudly celebrates the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients, with a special screening of the award-winning documentary THE AMERICAN NURSE (DigiNext Films). The American Academy of Nursing’s Excellence in Media Award winner highlights the work and lives of five American nurses from diverse specialties, and explores important topics such as aging, war, poverty and prisons.

The movie screening will be shown on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Paramount Theatre on 30 Center Street in Rutland. Registration is not required and the event is free and open to the public.

“When I started to dig into the world of nurses, I recognized a few things right away,” said the filmmaker, Carolyn Jones in a Director’s statement. “[Nurses] are different. They see the human being first. They are trained, conditioned, born to find the avenue into understanding others so that they can do their work. That work is to heal and make someone feel better – no matter who they are, what their ethnic background is, what political party they belong to, what crime they have committed. This gives them a special set of tools – they are full of tolerance and understanding, compassion and love. And it’s beautiful.”

“I know that audiences will walk away with a deeper understanding of the vital role nurses play in delivering exceptional care to patients,” said Tom Huebner, CEO, Rutland Regional Medical Center.

About the Film

THE AMERICAN NURSE is a heart-warming film that explores some of the biggest issues facing America - aging, war, poverty, prisons - through the work and lives of nurses. It is an examination of real people that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America. THE AMERICAN NURSE is an important contribution to America's ongoing conversation about what it means to care.

The film follows the paths of five nurses in various practice specialties as they navigate their patients through birth, death, prison, war and harsh poverty:

  • Jason Short as he drives up a rugged creek to reach a home-bound cancer patient in Appalachia.
  • Tonia Faust, who runs a prison hospice program where inmates serving life sentences care for their fellow inmates as they’re dying.
  • Naomi Cross, as she coaches an ovarian cancer survivor through the Caesarean delivery of her son.
  • Sister Stephen, a nun who runs a nursing home filled with goats, sheep, llamas and chickens, where the entire nursing staff comes together to sing for a dying resident.
  • Brian McMillion, an Army veteran and former medic, rehabilitating wounded soldiers returning from war.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest hospital in Vermont and is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals.

Rutland Regional’s commitment to quality patient care has been recognized locally and nationally by becoming the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures and was honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog, in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.

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