Foundational to its mission as a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital, Dana-Farber is dedicated to educating future health care professionals. This is exemplified by the Nursing Department’s academic partnership program, which places dozens of nurse practitioner students with clinical preceptors each semester. In May 2018, this effort was extended to 22 high school students from Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College (RINIMC), who visited Dana-Farber for a full day. The mission of RINIMC is to prepare a diverse group of students to become a highly educated and professional nursing workforce of the future. The visit was coordinated by Colleen McLaughlin, BBA, program coordinator of the Center for Clinical and Professional Development. As part of their visit, students met with clinic assistants, nurse practitioners, research nurses, and Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Anne H. Gross, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. Each shared their perspectives and discussed the unique paths that led them to careers in nursing and patient care services. Members of the Patient and Family Advisory Councils also shared their experience of being patients and caregivers.
RINI students were recognized for their participation in the Lifespan Mentoring program this week. 20 students in grades 11 and 12 participated in valuable workforce development program this year. Senior students received special recognition from Lifespan for graduation and they also received an official citation from the City of Providence, Providence City Council.
Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner today recognized fifty-six high school juniors from across the Ocean State with the Young Leader Award. The award is presented to high school juniors in the state of Rhode Island who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in math, economics, finance and business-related courses, and is active in his or her community. RINI Middle College Student, Naiviv Ortiz was among the award recipients. The award was presented during a ceremony at the Rhode Island State House. Each awardee is nominated by school administrators.
RINI students participated in the Junior Achievement JA Inspire Career Exploration day last week. Over 4,000 grade 8 students from around the state attended and had the opportunity to learn about career opportunities. Many students were interested in applying to RI Nurses Institute Middle College for their high school education.