News and Notes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Betty Rambur said last year that all health professionals must become part of the solution to America’s costly health care system, which ranks 11th among wealthy countries on measures of quality, access, efficiency and equity. Nurses, as the largest health profession, hold a particularly central role.
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