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Paul Farmer speaks at NEC

URI College of Nursing sponsors presentation on health care challenges in impoverished nations

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Presentation at RINEC focuses on nurses’ roles in healthcare innovation

Aidan Petrie to speak at NEC in Providence Feb. 21 at noon Nurses are at the front lines of health care and are key to improving patient care through transformation of health care systems. The need for user-centered innovation is paramount and nurses are in an ideal position to identify the need for novel solutions, […]

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URI nursing student taking ‘Pathway’ to career in global health

Emely Baez aims to battle healthcare disparities around the world Emely Baez was in high school in Woonsocket, R.I. when she learned about the 1990s Rwandan genocide. A teacher who had traveled to the African nation told of the unimaginable tragedy and introduced Baez and her classmates to a Rwandan woman who had escaped her […]

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URI students across health disciplines get immersed in learning during trip to Indonesia

Colleges of nursing, pharmacy and health sciences collaborate on J-Term course URI students from across all three colleges in the Academic Health Collaborative got a firsthand look at health care overseas, helped educate residents on preventive health measures and experienced some of the local culture during a J-Term trip to Indonesia. Deans Gary Liguori (health […]


White Coat ceremony welcomes nursing students into profession

The University of Rhode Island College of Nursing officially welcomed the class of 2020 into the field of professional nursing during a White Coat Ceremony in Edwards Auditorium on Jan. 22. The 80 nursing students crossed the stage to receive their white coats for the first time before Dean Barbara Wolfe led the class in […]

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URI’s College of Nursing appoints new associate dean

The University of Rhode Island has appointed Mary Leveillee, who was chief nursing officer at Butler Hospital, to the position of associate dean of the College of Nursing.

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Left to right: Marcella Thompson; Janice Spears, Tribal Elder; Dinalyn Spears, director of Tribal Community Planning and Natural Resources; and Michael Thompson

Professor Creates URI’s First Endowment for Native American Nursing Students

After four years of working closely with the Narragansett Indian Tribe, URI Assistant Nursing Professor Marcella Thompson found herself inspired to give back in a way that will have a lasting impact. She and her husband, Michael Thompson, have created the Thompson Endowed Scholarship for Native Students, which, when fully funded, will award approximately $1,000 […]

Dr. Paul Farmer relays health care challenges in impoverished nations

URI College of Nursing sponsors talk at R.I. NEC; students to visit clinic in Liberia At the height of the ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014, a young girl no older than two arrived at an Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia organized by Partners in Health. The child’s entire family had succumbed to the […]

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Dr. Paul Farmer to speak at R.I. Nursing Education Center

URI College of Nursing hosts ‘the man who would cure the world’ Tuesday; some seats, live stream available The University of Rhode Island College of Nursing is offering a unique opportunity to hear from Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center on Dec. 12. Farmer, “the man who […]

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URI, state officials dedicate R.I. Nursing Education Center

State and University of Rhode Island officials ushered in a new era of higher education and health innovation Wednesday, officially dedicating the South Street Landing development project in Providence, home to the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center.

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The Future of Nursing

URI, governor to officially dedicate Nursing Education Center Learning is about transformation, and the new Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence positions URI nursing students at the forefront of transformation in the field of health care. The center, which opened in August 2017 as part of the South Street Landing redevelopment project along the […]

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