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Release Date: 05/01/2019

In 2014, Care New England committed to the 80/20 plan for nurses with bachelor of science (BS) in nursing degrees in its workforce. The goal of this plan is to ensure that 80% of CNE’s nursing community holds a BS or higher by 2020. Later that year, CNE introduced an “RN to BS Program” in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island.

Last week, 23 nurses from across Care New England graduated from the URI College of Nursing. Deborah M. O’Brien, BS, RN, MPA, senior vice president of nursing for Care New England and president and chief operating officer at The Providence Center, offered opening remarks at the graduation.

Deb, who is also a proud graduate of the URI College of Nursing said, “I have always believed that continuing education is an important tool in our ability to improve care for our patients and the community.” She told the graduates, “As the health care system transforms, it will breed new opportunities. And you will be able to shape the future with the skills you have learned in this program.”

She asked some of the graduates what they learned from the program, and found that many learned more than they thought they would, even those who have been a nurse for many years. They found that topics for new, unexpected learning included evidence-based practice, research, social justice, diversity, patient engagement, effective leadership skills, and an interest in developing new opportunities to better serve patients.

Deb concluded by saying, “Remember that during this era of health care transformation, you will be at the forefront of nurses and nurse leaders who will help to imagine new opportunities that revolutionize how we understand the health of our patients and how we can transform our communities.”

Below is the list of this year’s graduates from CNE:

Lenna Bailey, Butler Hospital
Melissa Blais, Women & Infants Hospital
Nancy Braga, Women & Infants Hospital
Michele Casavant, Women & Infants Hospital
Lori-Ann Cook, Women & Infants Hospital
Sandra Cook, Women & Infants Hospital
Brenda Dolan, Kent Hospital
Amy Fraser, Kent Hospital
Elizabeth Gallagher, Butler Hospital
Eric Gallagher, Butler Hospital
Bianca Garnett, Women & Infants Hospital
Melissa Imondi, Women & Infants Hospital
Annmarie Izzo, Women & Infants Hospital
Susan Lamora, Women & Infants Hospital
Jennifer MacBain, Women & Infants Hospital
Pamela McConnell, VNA of CNE
Malgorzata Raczkowska, The Providence Center
Nancy Sabetta, Women & Infants Hospital
Carine Saint Felix, Butler Hospital
Knarik Sarkisian, Kent Hospital
Yunxia Toolan, VNA of CNE
Toni Vale, VNA of CNE
Elisa Vieira, Women & Infants Hospital

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