DHMC nurses surprised with scholarships to continue their degrees at SNHU

Hope Scelza, Allison Swanson and Elise Beer, nurses at DHMC, are awarded scholarship certificates from SNHU.

The nurses selected for this honor from SNHU are all outstanding examples of the high caliber of nursing at DHMC.

Karen F. Clements, BSN, MSB, MHCDS, RN, FACHE, chief nursing officer, DHMC and Clinics

Three registered nurses employed by Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), a member of Dartmouth Health, pursuing degrees at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), were awarded with $1,000 scholarships to further their studies on Wednesday, June 22. A representative from SNHU surprised the nurses at work at New Hampshire’s only academic medical center and presented each of them with a scholarship certificate.

The nurses awarded scholarships by SNHU are:

  • Elise M. Beer, BSN, RN—Beer, of Chichester, NH, is a clinical nurse in the Intensive Care Nursery. She is enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program at SNHU and is expected to graduate in October 2022. Beer has been with DHMC since September 2020. She is passionate about teaching fellow nurses and recently completed additional training to allow her to work as a preceptor, educating and supporting nursing students and newly-hired nurses.
  • Hope A. Scelza, RN—Scelza, of Quechee, VT, is a clinical nurse for Perioperative Services and has worked for DHMC for six years. She is working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SNHU and is expected to graduate in December 2023. Scelza has been a registered nurse since 2007 and her years of experience enable her to be flexible and adaptable in high-risk situations, see the big picture and act accordingly. Scelza’s colleagues say she is a strong patient advocate and team player.
  • Allison L. Swanson, BSN, RN—Swanson, of Bradford, NH, is a clinical nurse on the Vascular Surgery Specialty Team. She is working toward a Master of Science in Nursing at SNHU and is expected to graduate in September 2023. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Swanson also holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical and Veterinarian Biomedical Sciences. She joined the medical center as a nurse resident, completing the program in 2018. Swanson has been with Perioperative Services since 2020 and completed DHMC’s Perioperative Nursing 101 Program last year.

“The nurses selected for this honor from SNHU are all outstanding examples of the high caliber of nursing at DHMC,” said Karen F. Clements, BSN, MSB, MHCDS, RN, FACHE, chief nursing officer at DHMC and Clinics. “Nursing is a tremendously rewarding career, but also one that is challenging, demanding, and time-consuming. That these nurses would choose to further their education on top of their workload during the COVID-19 pandemic speaks to their desire to be the best nurses they can be and their commitment to delivering their patients the highest-quality care possible. I’m so very proud of Allison, Elise and Hope—they have earned this recognition.”

“For these nurses to pursue higher education while working on the frontlines during a global pandemic demonstrates their determination as students and their dedication to the profession,” said Peggy Moriarty-Litz, Chief Nursing Administrator at SNHU. “The entire SNHU community is so proud of Elise, Hope and Allison, and we're thrilled that their hard work is being recognized through these scholarships. We celebrate these nurses along with our SNHU instructors, academic advisors, and their colleagues at DHMC.”

SNHU is committed to supporting DHMC nurses pursuing degrees at SNHU through scholarships and discounted tuition.

Editor’s Note: Video clips from the scholarship presentations and brief interviews with each scholarship recipient may be downloaded here and are cleared for use on all digital and broadcast platforms.

About Dartmouth Health

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes its Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, including the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital and clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.