Carissa Hodgdon, BSN, RN

Rebecca

Carissa Hodgdon, BSN, RN

Intensive Care Nursery

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Carissa Hodgdon

It’s important to promote a positive atmosphere.

Carissa Hodgdon, BSN, RN

Intensive Care Nursery

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

The family-centered care philosophy in the Intensive Care Nursery mirrors my own philosophy of care. Providing families with the education they need helps ease the transition of being discharged and going home. It gives me great comfort seeing the smiles on the faces of patients and families as they make progress every day. It’s a good feeling to be able to care for them during some of their hardest times.

It’s important to promote a positive atmosphere and work as a collaborative member of a care team. I am easy to approach with questions and never mind lending a helping hand, as I am constantly seeking ways to enhance my skills as a nurse.

Laurie O’Rourke, RN

Peter

Laurie O’Rourke, RN

Nurse Manager, Section of General Surgery

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Laurie ORourke

We can do anything when we work together.

Laurie O’Rourke, RN

Nurse Manager, Section of General Surgery

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

The best thing about my job is helping patients and their families get through their surgeries. It can be a very scary time for patients, and my job is to make this a better experience through knowledge, support, humor and the best care I can give.

I help patients by offering support, knowledge and access to a team of great providers at all levels to help them get through surgery.

My colleagues and I work side by side every day. We can do anything when we work together.

Natalie Hansel, BSN, RN

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Natalie Hansel, BSN, RN

1 East Medical Specialties

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Natalie Hansel

Patients remind me how resilient and strong people can be.

Natalie Hansel, BSN, RN

1 East Medical Specialties

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

I love being around people. Whether I’m learning about places my patients have traveled or joking with my colleagues throughout the day, I enjoy interacting with new and familiar faces.

I like taking care of patients and taking their mind off their worries. Whether that means watching TV with them, taking a walk through the gift shop or asking them for recipe suggestions. The time I spend with them reminds me how resilient and strong people can be.

We work in a busy environment, and it is easy to get overwhelmed. I give myself positive reinforcement to keep my spirits up, stay energized, and I share that energy with my colleagues.

Martha Neale-Maurer, MBA

Peter

Martha Neale-Maurer, MBA

Director, Clinical Support Operations, Nursing

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Martha Neale Maurer

My colleagues know that they can count on me.

Martha Neale-Maurer, MBA

Director, Clinical Support Operations, Nursing

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has given me the opportunity to grow and develop as a person while helping others. After 34 years, I still enjoy coming to work every day. Even though I work behind the scenes, the patient’s experience is never far from my mind. I do whatever I can do to ensure the clinical staff have what they need to provide quality care.

I am a problem solver, and take pride in it. My colleagues know they can count on me to follow through and get the job done. I am very proud to be part of such a team.

Jessica Nordman, RN

Peter

Jessica Nordman, RN

Clinical Nurse, Interventional Radiology

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Jessica Nordman

I am thankful to be a part of their journey.

Jessica Nordman, RN

Clinical Nurse, Interventional Radiology

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Interventional Radiology is a special team, and we take care of a unique population. Many patients come to us at the start of their diagnoses, and these patients often become ‘regulars,’ who find a special place in our hearts.

I try to remember that these patients are going through some of the hardest days of their lives. This allows me to care for patients mindfully. I am thankful to be a part of their journey and try to brighten their day with a smiling face or a laugh. Being a positive person for someone who may not be having the best day is important to me.

Sarah Nugent, BSN, RN, CNOR

Peter

Sarah Nugent, BSN, RN, CNOR

Nurse Educator, Perioperative Services

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Sarah Nugent

Nothing brings me greater joy than supporting nurses.

Sarah Nugent, BSN, RN, CNOR

Nurse Educator, Perioperative Services

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Many aspects of my job bring me joy, but nothing brings me greater joy than supporting nurses as they progress though the perioperative training program and watching them develop into strong, confident Operating Room nurses.

I hope to make a difference in our patients’ lives by being a strong patient advocate and teaching new OR nurses the importance in being the voice of the patient while under anesthesia.

I try to be a consistent source of positivity and a reliable shoulder to cry on. I strive to be approachable and go above and beyond to help my colleagues in any way I can.

Rachel Dow

Peter

Rachel Dow

Nursing Communications Coordinator, Communications & Marketing

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Rachel Dow

I help patients by supporting and advocating for our nurses.

Rachel Dow

Nursing Communications Coordinator, Communications & Marketing

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

I like working for an organization that has a big, important mission. My dad was a physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and I have always liked hospitals because anyone can come to get help to improve their life. I appreciate working for a place that is doing something good for the world.

I help our patients have a good experience by supporting and advocating for our nurses. I am awed and amazed by the care our nurses provide and the complexity of the care environment.

We’re fortunate that the work we do is so important, but it can be complex and challenging. When that’s the case, I try bringing some levity to the situation and give people an opportunity to laugh.

Alyssa Planty, BSN, RN

Laura

Alyssa Planty, BSN, RN

Clinical Nurse, General Surgery

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Manchester

Alyssa Planty

I love learning new ways to help.

Alyssa Planty, BSN, RN

Clinical Nurse, General Surgery

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Manchester

The biggest joy I get from work is knowing that I helped patients feel comfortable during a difficult time. It’s a gratifying experience when they return for a visit and tell me that I helped them feel at ease. I have a passion for what I do, and I love learning new ways to help.

I feel that I am optimistic, approachable and always willing to take on a challenge. There is a lot to navigate in health care, and a teamwork approach goes a long way. I consider myself very lucky to work with the group we have here in General Surgery. I’m grateful to have co-workers who work well with each other and can anticipate the needs of others.

Maureen Stannard, BA, BSN, RN, OCN

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Maureen Stannard, BA, BSN, RN, OCN

Oncology Clinical Research Nurse, Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Maureen Stannard, BA, BSN, RN, OCN

The work we do is a powerful, shared experience.

Maureen Stannard, BA, BSN, RN, OCN

Oncology Clinical Research Nurse, Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

It is a privilege to share the intimacies of patients’ lives with them. I enjoy getting to know what is important to them, and how I can help—whether it’s finding something to laugh at, explaining something they don’t understand or managing their symptoms. Helping patients and their families navigate the world of cancer motivates me to stay current with the latest information in the field. It is amazing how far cancer treatments have come in the 20 years I’ve been a nurse.

We do hard work in the Cancer Center, and it is a powerful shared experience. We have laughed and cried together, and I have enormous respect for each one of my coworkers and the jobs they do.

Julie Spooner, RN

Rebecca

Julie Spooner, RN

Clinical Nurse, Same Day Program

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

Julie Spooner, RN

It takes only a matter of seconds to hold a hand.

Julie Spooner, RN

Clinical Nurse, Same Day Program

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon

I wanted to work for an organization that supported learning opportunities, so I chose Dartmouth-Hitchcock. I started my career in the Inpatient Pharmacy, and with the support offered through our educational assistance programs, I was able to obtain my nursing degree.

I think a lot about the patients and the circumstances that brought them to my particular area on a given day. I want to make a difference in their lives. I want to show the same care, compassion and mercy that I would wish to receive. It takes only a matter of seconds to hold a hand, dry a tear or bring a warm blanket.