Jillian Belmont of Lancaster, pictured here with her husband Stephen and three children, was recently named Nurse Practitioner of the Year for the state of New Hampshire. Belmont works at Dartmouth Hitchcock in the Neurology Department. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
November 21, 2017LANCASTER — A Lancaster resident just received good news. Jillian Belmont was named Nurse Practitioner of the Year for the state of New Hampshire last week. Currently, Belmont is employed at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in the Neurology Department. A young mother of three boys and a wife, Belmont balances it all.
The young scholar graduated from Groveton High School in 2004 and went on to St. Anselm College, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in nursing. Belmont met her husband Stephen while attending college and was married in 2011. She then continued her education at UNH where she received her Masters degree in nursing and went on to receive a degree as a nurse practitioner. Belmont continued to grow her education by attending Northeastern College in Boston, where she obtained her Doctorate in nursing.
When asked why she wanted to take her career as far as she did, Belmont replied, "I never actually had that thought, life is a journey and my career is a part of that journey. I continue to grow every day and make it a point to say 'yes' to as many opportunities as I can."
Belmont loves her line of work because it is ever changing.
"Every day is different and challenging," she says. "I love that I get to work on the front line with my patients and help them get through some of the worst days of their lives. I also love that I am surrounded by other passionate health care providers, who every day, strive to do better and provide the best patient care possible."
Belmont says the trick to balancing it all lies in the fact that she surrounds herself with others who inspire and encourage her.
"The balancing act can be hard at times, but we are all very much in control of our own lives and what influences us," she says. "We all need to be reminded of that sometimes. Thankfully, I have a truly amazing husband and family here to remind and support me on this journey."
A highlight for Belmont was her help in advancing the stroke program at Dartmouth. In April of this year, the program received Dartmouth's first ever disease specific certification through the Joint Commission to become a certified stroke center.
Belmont explains, "I have presented at local, national and international conferences. I am published and help run a stroke survivor and caregiver support group. I do research, clinical trials, quality improvement projects, SIM lab training and nursing education."
Belmont will travel to Denver, Colo. this summer, where she will receive her award at the 2018 AANP National Conference.
"I'm truly honored to receive this award," Belmont said, adding, "National Nurse Practitioner Week is this week (Nov. 12-18), and I am proud to be a Nurse Practitioner and work alongside so many other Nurse Practitioners who strive for excellence."