Nursing 2017-01-09T21:45:12+00:00

Nursing

Emergency Services

Evaluation and care for emergencies is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The emergency room is staffed with a registered nurse and a physician dedicated to take care of medical emergencies, acute illnesses and traumatic injuries. Rio Grande Hospital is a Level IV Trauma Center in Colorado.

Patients can be assured that we offer high quality emergency care with their needs at the center of our care. Emergencies that require a higher level of care will be transported to a specialized hospital either by air ambulance or ground ambulance.

Inpatient Services

Rio Grande Hospital has capability to care for acute illnesses. Our medical floor has 10 private rooms, 2 semi-private rooms and 3 observation beds to care for our patients. We utilize a state of the art cardiac monitoring system, respiratory therapy, physical therapy and nursing care to provide a complete plan of care that is focused on the patient’s needs and concerns.

Nursing staff is centered on caring for our patients and families. Rio Grande Hospital employs 18 registered nurses and 7 certified nursing aides to assist in personalizing care. All of our RN’s are required to have specialized emergency skills including Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course and Trauma Nursing Core Course.

Rehabilitation / Swing Bed Services

Rio Grande Hospital offers services for patients who need extra time or extra help returning to their current living status. We utilize swing bed services to assist our patients in returning back home and continue to get rehabilitative services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional services and skilled nursing services. RGH believes that assisting patients who need a little extra care will offer a more positive hope for patients to return home and to independent living.

Infusion Services

To assist our patients in returning to the community, we offer infusion services for medications. RGH offers our patients and visitors the ability to have routine intravenous medications administered close to home. RGH does not offer chemotherapy infusion services at this time.

Hi, my name is Candice Allen. I am mother, wife, nurse and Texan. My Texas roots run strong and you will always see a smile on my face along with an open and loving heart. My husband is a Colorado State Trooper and we enjoy living and playing in the mountains around us. Our hobbies include boating, camping, riding Harleys, and our latest ongoing project, renovating our 1916 home.

My education includes an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2008, a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in November 2011, and a Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Informatics in January 2013.

I have been working in the Emergency Room at Rio Grande Hospital since 2008. I have also been teaching nursing in the San Luis Valley since 2011.

I am grateful for my blessings in life as well as my challenges. It is the challenges that define, inspire, and drive me forward to greater things. I have learned many things over the years and I am hoping to use all my life experiences and education in my new role at Rio Grande Hospital! My door is always open so feel free to stop in and say Hello!