Friday, January 1, 2016

Karen F. Clements, RN, FACHE, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Today’s guest is Karen Clements, the Associate Chief Nurse for Ambulatory and Primary Care Nursing, Emergency and Patient Placement Services, and Care Management and Psychiatric Services for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, or as her staff prefers, she is the Associate Chief Nurse for Team Awesome.

Despite its rural location, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is the largest hospital in New Hampshire, taking referrals from over forty other hospitals in New England. It is also a major teaching hospital associated with Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine.

Karen is also the President of the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives, one of the sponsors of this podcast.

Karen is a nurse-executive whose roots are in emergency and trauma nursing. Her career began with an active duty tour in the Army’s Nurse Corps, then she returned home to Bangor, Maine where she progressed through the nursing ranks to become the Chief Nursing Officer of Acadia Hospital, a 100 bed freestanding psychiatric hospital. After 23 years with the Eastern Maine Healthcare System, she followed professional and personal opportunity to Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where her leadership skills quickly led her to the Associate Chief Nurse position.

In this podcast we talk about Karen’s career leading up to her current position at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, how Dartmouth-Hitchcock is changing to meet the challenges of an evolving health system, and how nursing is playing a role in that transition. We then talk about leadership, and Karen’s role in the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives and conclude with Karen’s recommendations for early careerists.

Links to the Podcast:

Transcript of the interview available here

Podcast Outline
Time Topic
0:02:36 background, Army Nurse Corps
0:08:08 working up through the ranks, Eastern Maine Medical Center
0:18:49 Chief Nursing Officer, Acadia Hospital
0:25:34 coming to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
0:30:52 Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
0:33:55 role of Chief Nursing Officer and practice of nursing
0:37:44 use of advanced practice nurses (APRNs) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
0:39:22 structure of nurses in the facility
0:40:18 Karen's professional growth at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
0:43:38 strategy
0:47:25 the future of health care and Dartmouth's approach
0:50:00 leadership
0:53:57 mentorship
1:00:32 women in leadership
1:10:36 advice to early careerists

Links to Topics Discussed:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing

we joke about Karen following her husband Peter, a previous guest, to Dartmouth-Hitchcock. 

Army Nurse Corps - see also my interview with the Chief of the Army Nurse Corps 

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