URI Expands Nursing Mentorship Program

The University of Rhode Island (URI), an NEC member, recently expanded the its successful nursing mentorship program with The Miriam Hospital in Providence as apart of URI’s Academic Health Collaborative.

The mentorship program matches seniors from URI’s College of Nursing with registered nurses from The Miriam Hospital to work one-on-one in an intensive clinical experience, known as a Dedication Education Unit. Each registered nurse and student pair work together for over 100 hours during the senior’s final semester at URI to prepare the student for the transition into their future professional role as a nurse. A student reports to the hospital according to their mentor nurse’s schedule, including on weekend, night, and 12-hour shifts. Since the program was established in 2012, almost two dozen student nurses have been hired as full-time employees after completing the program.

“It has evolved into a need for clinical experiences that facilitate the transition into professional roles. It’s a model that has caught on because it is so successful in preparing students to practice,” said Katherine Paquette, Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at URI. “When students are paired with staff nurses, they learn accountability for the management of multiple patients, which is a competency that is vital to success in practice.”

The New England Council congratulates URI on the success of the nursing mentorship program that helps to prepare student nurses for the transition to professional life after graduation. Read more in Providence Business News and Daily Nurse.

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