An alternative Rhode Island charter school paves the way.
Author: Carol Potera
AJN The American Journal of Nursing
Publihed: September 1, 2019
An alternative public school in Rhode Island offers high school students a chance to earn nursing assistant certification and college credits that transfer to qualified bachelor of science in nursing programs, thereby giving them a jump on careers in nursing.
Aallexie Gomes graduated from Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter School in Providence as class valedictorian.
CENTRAL FALLS — Life hasn’t always been easy for Aallexie Gomes. Only 18 years old, she’s already witnessed her share of tragedy, but she’s also achieved great triumph, inspired along the way to take care of those she loves.
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.