Nursing coalition, public/private partners to announce R.I.’s first statewide nurse residency program April 3

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$645,000 project to assist unemployed/underemployed nurses

and new nursing program graduates to improve patient care

WHAT: The Rhode Island Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing, along with numerous public and private sector partners, to launch a $645,000 statewide clinical nurse residency and mentoring program to provide participating nurses with additional skills and experience. Unemployed and underemployed nurses and new graduates from the state’s nursing programs will be eligible to enroll in the groundbreaking program.

WHO: Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley, and additional representatives of URI, as well as those from the Governor’s Workforce Board, the Rhode Island Foundation, Routhier Foundation, URI Foundation, Blue Cross-Blue Shield Rhode Island, Lifespan, Care New England, the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, and the nursing programs at URI, Rhode Island College, Community College of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University and St. Joseph’s Hospital.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Rhode Island Foundation, 1 Union Station, Providence

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: Contact Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing & Communications at 401-874-5862, email,