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Profile – Esther Emard: Routhier Executive in Residence

Esther Emard: Routhier Executive in Residence Esther Emard, MSN, RN, MSLIR holds the position of Executive in Residence at The University of Rhode Island College of Nursing. The title however doesn’t really tell you much about what she does. Interim Dean Mary Sullivan had been looking for a person to fill the Routhier Chair of […]


Welcome from Dean Mary Sullivan

Letter from Interim Dean Sullivan  I am honored to lead the College of Nursing as the interim dean following the retirement of Dean Dayle Joseph in 2012.  As former director of graduate studies, this is a new role for me with exciting possibilities at a time of unprecedented opportunities for the profession of nursing. With […]

Samantha Ahmed

Samantha Ahmed ’14

Hometown: Pawtucket, Rhode Island Samantha chose URI because it was close to home, but she’s fallen in love with her professors, who she says are the program’s biggest strength. “All the nursing faculty are very helpful and kind, they always want what’s best for you, and they expect you to work hard. They’re pretty awesome,” […]

Maura Coburn ’14

Maura Coburn ’14

Hometown: Windham, New Hampshire Lots of little girls say the want to be a nurse when they grow up, but for Maura, it stuck. And she chose URI as the place to become a nurse because of its reputation and location near beaches and big cities and because “the campus had all of things I […]

Morgan Deprey

Morgan Deprey ’13

Hometown: Bristol, Connecticut Lots of options. That’s what appealed to Morgan about majoring in nursing. And sure enough, with her bachelor’s degree, she’ll be able to move into direct patient care, research, education, or pretty much any area she wants to. And because her mom has always worked in health care settings, she discovered long […]

Kimberly Drucker

Kimberly Drucker ’15

Hometown: Attleboro, Massachusetts Just because the human body is so darned fascinating. That’s what attracted Kimberly to a career in nursing. It was URI’s combination of big and small that attracted her to pursue her nursing education here. First, “even though the campus is in a rural/suburban area, the clinicals are mostly done in a […]

Leslie Montague

Leslie Montague ’13

Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island The inspiration for Leslie’s nursing career came from watching nurses care for her great-grandmother when she was ill. She knew then that she wanted to be the kind of nurse that makes a positive, caring impact on her patients and their families. She already knew about URI’s strong reputation for nursing […]

Gabrielle Rate

Gabrielle Rate ’16

Hometown: East Longmeadow, Massachusetts Watching her aunt drop her busy schedule and travel from New York to Florida to care for a relative, Gabrielle saw that nursing is more than a task-oriented career. “It’s a career in which you develop a special bond with your patients while providing them with comfort and care. My dream […]

Sabrina Schores

Sabrina Schores ’15

Hometown: Stoneham, Massachusetts When her family needed extensive medical care, Sabrina was introduced at a very young age to the knowledge and care that nurses offer their patients daily. She decided then that she wanted to pay that care forward to her own patients one day, and that day has come. She chose URI for […]

Simone Tessier

Simone Tessier ’13

Hometown: Cranston, Rhode Island A career in medicine was always in Simone’s big plans, but it was the personal connections that nurses make with their patients that led her to choose nursing. She saw it when she was volunteering at Women & Infants Hospital as a high schooler, and now she’s experiencing it firsthand from […]

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