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Nursing at Rutland Regional

The nurses at Rutland Regional play an important role in the quality care you receive in all of our healthcare settings. Whether you are a patient in our cancer center, cardiac catheterization lab, emergency department, or labor and delivery unit, you can expect our nurses to provide exceptional care with compassion and skill.

Educational Opportunities

nurses studying in libraryWe offer a range of opportunities for nurses to pursue additional education, specialization, certification and leadership and mentorship roles to ensure that you receive the region’s best care from the most qualified nursing professionals. In fact, Rutland Regional nurses have attained a 41 percent certification rate, which exceeds the national certification rate of 32.2 percent.

Our nurses do more than deliver top-notch medical care – they help develop hospital policies and procedures, implement new technology, and improve patient care through shared governance and evidence-based practice.

Nursing Mission

Consistent with the philosophy of Rutland Regional Medical Center, we, the members of the Nursing Staff, believe that every individual is a unique, precious being. We recognize that we are privileged to share in the most private moments of patients’ lives.

  1. The philosophy of nursing embraces the belief that every patient has the right to safe, comprehensive, confidential care encompassing body, mind and spirit.
  2. We believe that nursing care has a major role in patient outcomes, with the ultimate goal being optimal wellness for that individual.
  3. We believe that the patient and family are the primary focus, and that the patient has the right to partner in his or her own care.
  4. We acknowledge diversity, and we respect our patients’ beliefs, values and individuality.
  5. We believe that the practice of professional nursing is an art and science in which the components are inseparable.
    As an Art: The essence of nursing is caring.
    As a Science: Nursing is based on a systematic process of assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation derived from scientific, evidence-based knowledge
  6. We uphold the ANA code and standards of care as the ethical basis for nursing practice.
  7. We recognize the inherent demands of nursing and therefore our responsibility to care for each other so that we may care for others. We celebrate the special contributions of the nursing team and support each other as valued colleagues.
  8. We recognize that nurses’ ability to practice professionally is dependent, in part, on the professional environment. We therefore believe that nurses should have a major role in decision-making in a supportive, shared leadership structure. We recognize our responsibility as stewards of financial resources.
  9. We believe that utilizing nursing research and the quality improvement process to support innovations in theory and practice enhances the quality of nursing care.
  10. We believe that because nursing has an ever-expanding body of knowledge and research, ongoing education is an essential component of professional responsibility. We further believe that our educational and mentoring responsibilities include the practitioner, the patient, the family, nursing students and the community.
  11. We believe that care is accomplished through the combined efforts of all members of the healthcare team. Collaboration is a joint effort that focuses on the patient as the center and encompasses the healthcare team, the governing bodies and the community.

Nursing Specialties

Rutland Regional encourages our nurses to pursue specialized training and/or certification in a range of medical specialties, including:

  • Cardiology. Cardiac nurses work with patients who suffer from conditions of the cardiovascular system, such as unstable angina, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction and cardiac dysrhythmia. They must possess specialized skills, such as electrocardiogram monitoring, defibrillation and medication administration via continuous intravenous drip.
  • Oncology. Oncology nurses work as part of a multidisciplinary team to care for and educate patients who have cancer. Oncology nurses work in a variety of settings, including the inpatient ward, infusion center and in the community. They often administer chemotherapy drugs and assist patients with management of side effects.
  • Psychiatric. Psychiatric nurses are certified to care for patients suffering from conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. They are trained in behavioral therapy and provide education and training to patients and their loved ones about how to cope with psychiatric conditions.
  • Labor & delivery. Certified labor and delivery nurses care for women during labor and childbirth by monitoring the baby and the mother, coaching mothers and assisting doctors. They provide emotional support and guidance for women and their families.
  • Perioperative (surgical). Often called surgical nurses, certified perioperative nurses care for patients before, during and after surgery. They work alongside surgical teams, provide education about postoperative care and serve as liaisons between the surgical team and the patients’ families.
  • Diabetes. A diabetes nurse helps patients with diabetes control their condition through medication and lifestyle management and also helps them cope with side effects of the disease. They relay important information between doctors and patients and their families. Many diabetes nurses are also diabetes educators.
  • Intensive & critical care. Critical care nurses are specially trained to care for critically ill or unstable patients. They provide complex medical management and oversee the operation of life support systems. They typically work in the emergency, intensive care and progressive care departments.
  • Wound & ostomy. Wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurses are specially certified to provide inpatient and outpatient care for ostomy and wounds caused by chronic issues such as diabetes, circulation or pressure. They also care for patients with tubes, fistulas, or problems with bowel and bladder function in inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Imaging & radiology. Radiologic and imaging nurses are specially trained to care for patients in settings where X-ray, fluoroscopy, angiographic imaging, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear imaging are used. They assess patients before, during and after procedures, administer medications such as moderate sedation as ordered by physicians and monitor patient outcomes.
  • Palliative care. Palliative care nurses help patients with serious illnesses manage pain and other symptoms and provide counseling and support to patients and their families. They help patients and their families understand the condition and options for treatment, and assist patients in identifying their needs and goals for enhancing quality of life.

Magnet® Designation

Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Magnet® designation proves that our nurses are among the best in the nation.

Rutland Regional earned Magnet designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. The designation recognizes Rutland’s nursing staff for overall excellence and for providing the very best care to patients. The Magnet program is highly selective – only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide have been granted Magnet status, making the designation one of the highest achievements an organization can obtain in professional nursing.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Patients can rely on a Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

To achieve Magnet status, Rutland’s nursing program had to undergo a rigorous and lengthy application and evaluation process that included extensive interviews and review of all aspects of nursing services. Our nurses demonstrated a commitment to excellence on all levels of nursing practice and adherence to national standards for organization and delivery of nursing services.

Magnet hospitals are recognized for building and supporting evidence-based practice models, advanced training, and measuring outcomes proving the quality patient care they provide. Some of the benefits to Magnet designation include:

  • The ability to attract and retain top nursing talent
  • Improvements in care, safety and patient satisfaction
  • Fostering a collaborative culture
  • Advancing nursing standards and practice
  • Growing business and financial success

The Magnet designation is valid for four years, during which time the ANCC monitors the hospital to ensure the high level of patient care standards.


Rutland Regional is proud to partner with the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation™ to honor our nurses with the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses. This quarterly award recognizes a specific nurse for delivering the compassionate, expert and extraordinary care that Rutland Regional nurses are known for. Nurses may be nominated for the DAISY Award by patients, families, colleagues, physicians and staff.

About the Award

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease. DAISY is an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system,” and more than 285 hospitals nationwide currently honor their nurses through the DAISY Program.

Each DAISY Award winner receives a framed certificate of recognition, a DAISY lapel pin and a sculpture called A Healer's Touch. The beautiful sculptures are hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Who is Eligible?

At Rutland Regional, all registered nurses who demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise, extraordinary service or compassionate care are eligible to receive The DAISY Award.

Community Involvement

Our nurses are a vital part of Rutland Regional's many community service programs, which touch the lives of thousands of people in our area every year. Our programs include:

  • The Rutland Free Clinic, which provides medical and dental care to adults in the community who have low incomes and no health insurance
  • Prediabetes and diabetes educational and support programs for patients at risk or managing diabetes
  • Vaccination clinics
  • Breastfeeding classes

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