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Betty Rambur

URI nursing professor named to national health care quality committee

Professor Betty Rambur of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing has been recognized by two national organizations for her work advancing the profession and for efforts addressing the cost and quality of health care.

Amanda Millan and Ginette Ferszt

URI’s College of Nursing helps brighten holidays for women inmates

Every holiday season for many years, inmates at Rhode Island’s Department of Corrections Women’s Facilities in Cranston have received small gifts in colorful bags tied with ribbon. For many, the packages of travel-size toiletries are the only presents the women receive.


First class graduates from URI’s online RN to BS program

The 20 registered nurses receiving bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the University of Rhode Island Dec. 17 are pioneers of a sort. They are the first graduates of the College of Nursing’s, the only one in the state offered by a public university.


Education has pivotal role in health care transformation, nursing leaders told

Rick Brooks, Rhode Island’s director of Healthcare Workforce Transformation, told nursing leaders gathered at the University of Rhode Island that higher education is the linchpin in the evolution of health care professions and the entire health care system.

Wyman Students making healthy choices

Wyman students rewarded for healthy choices

Rachel Hobbs, a senior at the University of Rhode Island, spends time at Wyman School as part of her community clinical. During lunchtimes, she and school nurse Bernadette McDowell bring a “treasure chest” full of prizes like pencils, bubbles, necklaces and coloring books for kids who get caught eating healthy foods.

Antoinette Gagliard, a physical therapy major from Walpole, Mass., works with Pauline Tudino of Narragansett during the Senior Health and Wellness Program held at URI in October.

Both older adults, URI students learn from health screenings

An older man carefully walks a straight line marked on the carpet while students assess his gait. Down the hall, a woman rises from her wheelchair to demonstrate a new prosthesis. In a room nearby, students advise a woman on medication use.

Students learning through interactions with a mannequin

Mock scenarios featuring actors bring realism to URI’s nursing simulation classrooms

The young woman cradling the bundled-up baby at the back of the room appears anxious and standoffish. The two dozen University of Rhode Island freshman nursing students huddled around the bed of an infant with a racing heart across the way barely notice. After several minutes, student Jillian Bernier of Woonsocket, R.I., approaches her.

Deb Erickson-Owens

RI Monthly names Deb Erickson-Owens Nurse Midwife of the Year

Last month Rhode Island Monthly magazine chose Associate Professor Deb Erickson-Owens as Nurse Midwife of the Year as part of its Excellence in Nursing awards, presented with the Rhode Island State Nurses Association.

FON program attendees

URI scholars attend Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing 2016 Summer Institute

Two scholars from URI (supported by the Rhode Island Foundation) and their mentors attended the Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholars Summer Institute on Science and Innovation.

Caroline Burns

Caroline Burns, Peace Corps Volunteer

Caroline Burns, a volunteer in the Maternal Child Health Division of Peace Corps Rwanda, lives in the small village of Gituku. She invites fellow CON grads, students, and faculty to follow her blog about about Rwanda and her experiences there.

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