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The guest in this episode of The Health Leader Forge 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. 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 they 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. They 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.
The Health Leader Forge
Co-produced by University of New Hampshire College of Health and Human Services (UNH CHHS) and Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives (NNEAHE).
Clements, K. F. "Karen F. Clements, RN, FACHE, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center." Interview by Mark Bonica. Podcast. Health Leader Forge, 1 Jan. 2016. Web. https://soundcloud.com/healthleaderforge/karen-f-clements-rn-fache-associate-chief-nursing-officer-dartmouth-hitchcock-health-system