Clinical experience choices
You’ll get clinical experiences at any nursing school, but at URI, you’ll start them earlier, and they’ll be tailored to meet your specific interests. Plus, our clinical experiences are all over the health care map – from school nursing to nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities to flu clinics, and prison clinics to community centers serving the uninsured and homeless. And we even have a program that pairs you up with a practicing nurse in a local hospital.
Professor Judith Mercer discovered that by delaying umbilical cord clamping for just a few seconds, we could reduce the risk of disease and disability among very low-birthweight babies. Now, with a grant from the National Institutes of Health, she’s testing her theory on full-term babies, and changing delivery-room practices everywhere. Professor Mary Sullivan is leading the long-running U.S. study of premature infants and interventions that may mitigate the effects of early birth. And that’s just for starters.
Teachers who practice
Our faculty volunteer their time at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, a facility dedicated to providing care for the uninsured, at Crossroads, which offers services to the state’s homeless population, and at FRIENDS Way, a program for bereaved children. And that’s just to name a few. We work in hospitals and nursing homes, do private duty care, and stay involved with national nursing associations, and many of us have earned or are pursuing advanced degrees and engage in research that advances nursing practice.
Degrees hospitals want
Half a million nurses are expected to retire in the next decade, and the new Health Reform Act requires more nurses with higher-level education to care for the nation’s growing patient population. URI’s College of Nursing is perfectly positioned to help on both fronts. From bachelor’s to the only Ph.D. program in Rhode Island, and everything in between, we’re graduating a steady flow of nurses specializing in clinical care, research, teaching, and administration.
All of our faculty serve as student advisors, but we like to go way beyond what’s required. After all, our students are pretty personal to us. We work with you to match you with clinical sites that respond to your unique interests and career goals, and we’ll seek out new partnerships to meet your needs if necessary. Student after student will tell you that nursing faculty at URI really care about them. Just check out our student profiles.
Do nurses invent stuff? At URI, they do. Nursing professor Patricia Burbank had an idea for preventing inactivity among the elderly. And in URI’s interdiscipline-friendly environment, she partnered with biomedical engineering professor Ying Sun to design and patent a small, wearable device that delivers personalized reminder messages to get up and move. And then she launched a RI-based company to commercialize it.
Living and Learning Community
Want to live in a residence hall with a solar hot water heating system and green roofing? The environmentally designed Hillside Hall is exclusive to Nursing and Pharmacy students at URI. Our Living and Learning Community (LLC) gives students the unique opportunity to live with people who share their major, classes, and interests. Students are supported through academic and social programming facilitated by a live in Resident Academic Mentor (RAM). More information about our LLC can be found here.
The Office of Student Affairs provides the support and resources needed to be successful in the College of Nursing. Our goal is to ensure a positive holistic experience for all students through: residential life programming (LLC), student organizations and involvement, experiential and international opportunities, student resources, and academic advising. Learn more here.