Registered Nurses earn bachelor’s degrees from URI

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Graduates are from Care New England Programs

KINGSTON, R.I.– January 14, 2016– Forty-two registered nurses earned their bachelor of science degrees from the University of Rhode Island and its joint program with Care New England last month.


The nurses work at Visiting Nurse Association of Care New England, Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital.


The registered nurse to bachelor of science program is designed for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The accelerated program recognizes the academic credits from the student’s basic program and the demands on working nurses. The program is offered both on-campus and online.


Diane Martins, URI associate professor of nursing, was the speaker at the graduation and offered encouraging words about the rewards of being a nurse even through challenging times. She said the URI-Care New England program is a team effort.


“This RN to BS program was developed by me in my role as the RN to BS coordinator, administrators in the College of Nursing and College of Continuing Education Special Programs coordinators, John O’ Leary and Christine Dolan,” Martins said.


The following is a list of graduates and their agencies/hospitals.


Visiting Nursing Association of Care New England graduate, Kayla Arpin, of Chepachet, R.I.


Butler Hospital including, Valencia Baptiste of Dayville, CT — Jeannie Culf of East Greenwich, Jason Drapeau of Cranston, Kelli Rose of Coventry, Summer Short of Cranston, Amy Smith of Providence, and Leila Zaki of Rehoboth, Mass.


Kent Hospital –Sonja Beauchaine of Coventry, Jennifer Cruz of Warwick, Lynn Jacob-Santoleri of East Greenwich, Tina Duquette of East Providence, Dawn Lathrop of Cranston, Kim McDonough of East Greenwich, Jonathan Mitchell of Warwick, Christine Sarza of Warwick, Stacy Sherring of North Scituate, Denise Sullivan of East Greenwich, and Jewell Thacker of Warwick.


Memorial Hospital — Kristen Barber of Attleboro, Mass., Donna Berube of North Providence, Cynthia Caouette of Cumberland, Jean Fitzpatrick of Rehoboth, Mass., Karen Garrity of Attleboro, Mass., Alisha Mal of Pawtucket, Barbara Morin of Cumberland, Filomena O’Hara of Cumberland, Jennifer Valiente of Somerset, Mass., and Dawn Williams of Providence.


Women & Infants Hospital –Robin Hickey of Warwick, Joanna Jarvis of Foxboro, Mass., Christina Kelly of Barrington, Susan McKenna of Lincoln, Susan McLinden of Warwick, Ann Meers of Barrington, Dhamarys Murillo of North Providence, Gail Murray of Smithfield, Diamerys Navarro of Rockville, Ann Pereira, Rehoboth, Trinidad Perez, North Providence, Laura Rocha, Tiverton, and Chrystal Smith of Chepachet.


This release was written by, Rachel Smith, an assistant writer for the Marketing and Communications.


Pictured Above

URI Nursing Graduates from the accelerated bachelors program.

Photo by Michael Salerno