BMH Nurse Manager To Discuss Success of Mentorship Program in Virginia

The success of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s nurse mentoring program is leading to national notoriety for its creator, Debbie Partrick, RN-C. The nurse manager for the BMH Birthing Center has been invited to give a presentation on the program at the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia this April.

Debbie Partrick

With its 182-bed capacity, Fair Oaks is a community hospital roughly three times the size of BMH. Last year, it received the Magnet™ designation for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC), an honor bestowed on just 5 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

Partrick says Fair Oaks contacted her after reading an article she wrote about the nurse mentoring program for Advance for Nurses magazine in March 2010. Since then, she has regularly received phone calls and emails from peers around the country with questions about starting or maintaining their own program, but this marks the first time she has been asked to make a formal presentation.

“I’m extremely excited and honored to be invited to share our model of success at BMH with another healthcare provider, especially one that is the caliber of Fair Oaks,” says Partrick.

Partrick developed the nurse mentoring program for her Capstone Project when obtaining her Master’s in Management for Healthcare Administration at Marlboro College Graduate School. The program achieved measurable improvements in recruiting and retention rates for the nursing staff at BMH and earned Partrick Employee of the Year honors in 2010.

For more information, contact Nicole Zinn in the BMH Office of Development and Marketing at 802-251-8490.