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Intro to the World of Nursing and Dare To Care are programs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for high school students interested in exploring the nursing profession.

The profession of nursing is an attraction for many people who are interested in health care and who desire the unique relationship that nurses have with patients. This interest is of particular importance for young people completing their high school education as the shortage of practicing nurses continues given the low enrollments of college students into nursing programs. It makes sense that we offer encouragement to students in the process of making their career and education decisions.

DHMC has been a key player in nursing education since the late 1800's with the inception of its own diploma nursing program which began in 1896 and ended in 1980 when the trend of nursing education moved into the college setting. Several area nursing programs provide their students with clinical experiences at DHMC. The institution has an opportunity to participate in another area of nursing education by providing high school students exposure to the nursing profession.

Introduction to the World of Nursing is an experience whereby high school students may visit the medical center and have an opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of nurses in different nursing roles over a period of 4-5 hours. This experience would include a tour of the facility and visit to an unoccupied room on one of the in-patient nursing units. Due to strict federal guidelines, the tour would not include an area or room where patient care was being provided.

Dare To Care provides selected students an interactive patient experience similar to that of the former Candy Striper Program. Students participate in patient care at a junior volunteer level. Examples of such activities include, but are not limited to, tasks such as reading to patients, writing letters for patients, filling water pitchers for patients, making beds, etc. This experience would NOT include direct physical care such as bathing, hygiene, etc.

This experience is being planned on a quarterly basis initially. This program differs from its sibling program, "Introduction to the World of Nursing" in that it provides patient contact and interaction, and offers learning opportunities that may further a student's interest in the nursing profession. It is also an ongoing experience that involves and application and selection process.

For further information, please contact Peter Nolette, RN in the Office of Professional Nursing at DHMC via phone, 650-5630, or by email:

To apply, see your guidance counselor for assistance.

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