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Nurse with patient at Rutland Heart Center

Nursing Specialties

At Rutland Regional many of our nurses have received additional training and certification in medical specialties such as oncology, cardiology, radiology and psychiatry. 

Nursing specialties at Rutland Regional include:


Cardiac nurses work with patients who suffer from various conditions of the cardiovascular system, treating conditions such as unstable angina, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction and cardiac dysrhythmia, under the direction of a cardiologist. They must possess specialized skills including electrocardiogram monitoring, defibrillation, and medication administration by continuous intravenous drip.


An oncology nurse cares for and educates patients who have cancer.  Oncology nurses work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, in a variety of settings, from the inpatient ward, to the infusion center and within the community.  Oncology nurses are often responsible for the administration of chemotherapy drugs to patients and are knowledgeable about side effects and their management. These nurses play an important role in supporting the patient throughout their cancer journey. 


Psychiatric nurses are certified to help treat patients diagnosed with conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. They are also trained in behavioral therapy, which allows these nurses to teach patients, and their loved ones, how to deal with challenges that go along with psychiatric disorders.

Labor and Delivery

Certified labor and delivery nurses care for women during labor and childbirth, monitoring the baby and the mother, coaching mothers and assisting doctors. These nurses prepare women and their families for the stages of giving birth, and help patients with breastfeeding after the baby is born. They provide emotional support and guidance for women and their families during this important time.

Perioperative (Surgical)

Sometimes called a surgical nurse, certified perioperative nurses care for patients before, during and after surgery. They work alongside surgical teams to make sure that patients are receiving the best possible care, and serve as liaisons between the surgical team and the patients’ families. Perioperative nurses help patients with recovery immediately following surgery and teach them, and their families, about at-home postoperative care.


A diabetes nurse helps patients that have diabetes manage their disease through medication and lifestyle management. They also help patients understand and manage the side effects of their disease. Much of their job is spent relaying important information between patients, doctors, and family members and many diabetes nurses are also diabetes educators.

Intensive and Critical Care

Critical care nurses are specially trained to provide utmost care to critically ill or unstable patients. They are skilled in complex medical management of patients as well as life support systems. Critical care nurses work in our emergency room and intensive care and progressive care departments.

Wound and Ostomy

Wound Ostomy & Continence (WOC) nurses are specially certified to provide both inpatient and outpatient care for ostomy, as well as wounds caused by chronic issues such as diabetes, circulation or pressure. They also care for patients with tubes, fistulas or problems with bowel/bladder function. These nurses work with clients in an inpatient and outpatient setting.

Imaging and Radiology

Radiologic and Imaging Nurses are specially trained to tend to the needs of patients in locations that utilize x-ray, fluoroscopy, angiographic imaging, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear imaging. These nurses assess patients before, during and after procedures,and administer medications, including moderate sedation, as ordered by physicians and monitor patient outcomes. They help patients and families understand the procedures, ease concerns and make them feel comfortable.

Palliative Care

A specially trained palliative care nurse provides an extra layer of support to the patient’s current care team. They help patients manage pain and other symptoms, and also offer counseling and support to patients and their family in understanding their illness and options for treatment. Palliative care assists patients to actively participate in identifying their needs and goals for enhancing quality of life while living with a serious illness.

Did You Know...

The nurses at Rutland Regional have attained a 41% Certification Rate – exceeding the National Certification Rate Average of 32.2%! 

Rutland Regional Medical Center
160 Allen Street
Rutland, VT 05701

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