Thursday, March 12, 2015

Premier Health highlights partnership with Edison

Premier Health Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Sylvain Trepanier (center) and Chief Nursing Officer for Upper Valley Medical Center, Terry Fry (right) tour Edison’s nursing lab with Assistant Professor of Nursing, Jill Bobb (left).
Premier Health Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Sylvain Trepanier, visited Edison Community College on February 27 to review the sustained academic relationship between Premier Health and the College.

Terry Fry, Chief Nursing Officer for Upper Valley Medical Center, accompanied Dr. Trepanier. Together they met with Edison representatives, Dr. Karen Rafinski, Interim President; Dr. Patti Ross, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Gwen Stevenson, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences; and nursing faculty members.

During the visit, Dr. Trepanier and Ms. Fry toured the nursing lab, observed nursing students who were participating in an exercise using the iStan human simulators, and discussed the clinical partnership and hiring practices between Premier Health, Edison Community College, and their graduates.

Dr. Trepanier explained Premier Health’s hiring practices for registered nurses and emphasized that Premier Health, which includes Upper Valley Medical Center, hires nurses who have obtained associate degrees as well as baccalaureate degrees with a deliberate emphasis on baccalaureate nurses (an evidence-based approach).

Premier Health’s focus on nursing is what makes a difference to the patient, which according to the Institute of Medicine Report means having more baccalaureate and masters degree prepared nurses at the bedside (80%). “The Premier Health Network is always willing to hire Edison graduates if they possess the skills and attitudes that are aligned with the organization’s values,” said Dr. Trepanier.

During the hiring process, Premier Health considers the applicant’s degree, traits, and growth potential when making hiring decisions. Associate degree prepared nurses hired into the Premier Health system are asked to complete a baccalaureate degree within 3 years of hire. Premier has tuition assistance to help with cost.

Dr. Trepanier acknowledged the life-long learning process of nurses which for some may begin with an associate degree as a starting point. He also reinforced the importance of the relationship between Premier Health and Edison Community College in continuing to deliver quality care.

Edison is proud of the academic relationship with Premier Health in preparing students to be future nurses in delivering the highest quality care to patients. Applications for Edison’s Registered Nursing program are currently being accepted for spring 2016 admission. For more information, visit

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