Welcome to the College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island (URI). This is an exciting time for our college and the energy is palpable for both students, staff, and faculty. Our physical presence is expanding beyond the Kingston campus. The Rhode Island Nursing Education Center (RINEC), is a beautifully restored building (formerly the historic South Street Power Station) located directly alongside the Providence River and is central to the downtown clinical healthcare facilities. This center provides an exceptional regional resource for training outstanding nurses to meet the growing challenges in the health care arena. The vibrant new facility with state-of-the-art simulation, skills, and learning labs will be open and available to our students starting midyear of 2017.
In addition to our expanded location, URI College of Nursing (CON) continues to offer unique learning opportunities including study abroad, clinical experiences across a multitude of settings, and participation in research teams led by nationally known faculty to study important topics that shape the nursing practice. URI CON is committed to building and promoting a “Culture of Health” as described by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national initiative, with numerous opportunities for students to be involved in educational, research, and service focused on promoting equitable health across a diverse society.
Another exciting development is the newly created URI Academic Health Collaborative (AHC). This novel entity is comprised of the College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the Institute for Integrated Health and Innovation. The AHC is designed to bring students, faculty, clinicians, researchers, policymakers, and other key stakeholders together to address important interdisciplinary and complex issues in order to improve health for individuals, communities, and populations.
These are just a smattering of the many intellectually stimulating activities happening at the CON. Our locale spans across the beautiful Kingston campus to the energetic city of Providence. I invite you to explore our website, attend an open house, or visit us in person to discover the exceptional value of our programs and uniqueness of our community.
Think Big. We Do.
Barbara Wolfe, PhD, APRN, FAAN
Dean & Professor