Jennifer Thuermer Earns Doctor of Nursing Practice

August 05, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—August 4, 2016— Jennifer Thuermer, DNP, ACNP-BC, AACC, a specialist in cardiovascular disease at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), recently earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Regis College in Weston, MA.

Thuermer’s focus was in education with research looking at older adult experiences with adhering to a sodium-restricted diet with symptomatic heart failure. As part of her program, the study findings were integrated into an education program specifically designed for nurses caring for the heart failure population.

Thuermer has been invited by the Organization of Nurse Leaders to provide a poster presentation on her research in Boston in September. In October she was invited by Linda Barnard, DNP to serve on a panel at an interdisciplinary conference in Connecticut, focused on Geriatrics in the long term setting regarding the challenges faced by older adults with heart failure. In addition, she is now educated to serve as a professor of nursing up to the doctoral level.

Thuermer joined SVMC in 2000 after receiving her Master of Science and Post-Master Certificate as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP-BC) from Sage Graduate School. She completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Colby-Sawyer College. She is also an Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC).

About SVHC:

Southwestern Vermont Health Care is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices with offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a distinction it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit