Commencement 2016: URI nursing student to graduate with comprehensive experience

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Franklin, Mass. resident to earn bachelor’s degree May 22

KINGSTON, R.I. — May 6, 2016 – When the University of Rhode Island announced its new Academic Health Collaborative just a few weeks ago, it chose senior nursing student Lauren Mancini to offer the student perspective at a kickoff event attended by health science leaders at URI and from around the state.

The Franklin, Mass. resident delivered a crisp, clear description of the importance of collaboration in health care delivery for students, providers and patients. A main goal of the collaborative is to encourage teaching, research and service across disciplines, health agencies and businesses in Rhode Island and the nation. URI is forming a new College of Sciences as part of the major reorganization.

“As I progressed through my career here at URI, faculty have emphasized that great health care is a team activity,” said Mancini, who will earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing May 22. “This is something I have experienced firsthand through building personal and professional relationships with students in the College of Pharmacy and Human Science and Services. We all learn about similar topics but have each taken away different knowledge from our majors, while still collaborating for the benefit of the patient.”

This spring she went to Brown University as the URI Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy joined Brown Alpert Medical School students for an interprofessional education experience.

During her four years at URI, Mancini completed practicums in advanced medical-surgical nursing, nursing of children, nursing care of vulnerable populations, psychiatric mental health nursing and child and reproductive health.