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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
IN FAVOR: Dr. James K. Sullivan, left, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Butler Hospital in Providence, speaks with Charles Alexandre, chief nursing officer. Sullivan spoke to the General Assembly in favor of a bill that would require parity in insurance between mental health and physical health for general practitioner services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Parity seen lacking in mental, physical care

By law, mental or behavioral health and physical health should be treated with parity by insurers but Rhode Island lawmakers and insurance professionals say...
HIGH DEMAND: Barbara Wolf, left, dean of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, with Jane Williams, dean of nursing at Rhode Island College, at the new Rhode Island Nursing Center in Providence. Wolfe says URI continues to see a high demand for graduates with professional nursing degrees, as opposed to a two-year associate degree. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nursing jobs at risk as hospitals merge

The future holds fewer, lower-paying hospital nursing jobs as health care consolidation progresses but growing demand for nursing skills outside hospitals presents promising opportunities,...
HANDS-ON LEARNING: Denise Coppa, left, coordinator of the family nurse practitioner concentration at the University of Rhode Island and interim associate dean of URI’s College of Nursing, with Kristen Rameika, seated, of South Kingstown, and Caryn Amedee, of East Providence. Both are graduate students in the Nurse Practitioner program at URI. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nurse practitioners fill need for patients as primary care physicians decrease

Within the past decade, the number of nurse practitioners in Rhode Island has grown steadily, reflecting what is seen as a growing demand for...
FIRST INTERN: Johanna Bravo finished the 2-month-old Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance internship program for veterans and was the first intern to be placed through the program. Displayed are some of her photos from service in the U.S. Army and R.I. National Guard. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

SENEDIA boosting opportunities for vets

A U.S. Army and R.I. National Guard veteran, Johanna Bravo is now the senior logistician at Purvis Systems in Middletown thanks to a match...
PROGRAM TRAINERS: Fred Mattera, left, program director and trainer for the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island apprenticeship program for new crew members for the Rhode Island fishing fleet, with Jon Knight, owner of Superior Trawl. Knight is net-repair trainer for the center. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fishing apprenticeship program aimed at getting military veterans back to work

Veterans often face a host of challenges when returning to civilian life after military service.Among the biggest is entering and adjusting to the civilian...
TOP SCORER: Hasbro is one of three Rhode Island companies to achieve a perfect score this year in the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. From left, Justin Haddock, licensing attorney; Dolph Johnson, executive vice president and chief human resources officer; Meghann Noonan, project engineer; and Dan Chasse, project ­manager. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

3 R.I. companies receive perfect Corporate Equality Index scores for LGBTQ...

Four Rhode Island-based corporations were listed in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index – a study that measures a corporation’s efforts...
SEASONED INTERPRETER: Jose Cruz, left, is a medically certified interpreter who has worked for Pinpoint Translation Services in Providence for more than a decade. Cruz speaks with Elba Morales, right, of Providence, a Spanish-speaking resident of PACE Organization of Rhode Island, as Dr. Tsewang Gyurmey looks on. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pinpoint fills need for interpreters

As Rhode Island’s population becomes more diverse, business and government entities are encountering more people who need goods and services but who have trouble...
ABSTRACT ART: University of Rhode Island students have been working with clients of Cornerstone Adult Services in Warwick this semester on an art project called “Opening Minds through Art.” Molly Richards, right, of Cape Cod, Mass., a URI sophomore in human development and family studies, with a minor in psychology, works with Margaret Pleau of Warwick on a watercolor painting. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. needs bigger elder-care workforce

Geriatrics, like pediatrics, provides care for a specific demographic.But the care for older adults – unlike the care for children – does not attract...
SIMULATED SCENE: University of Rhode Island nursing students at the new Nursing Education Center at South Street Landing in Providence attend to a patient during a simulated hospital scene in which the woman, played by an actor, is in labor. From left, URI junior Rachel Kane, of Braintree, Mass.; Rachel Winslow, patient actor; URI junior Sandy Vuong, of Danville, N.J.; URI senior Brittany Hunt, of Scituate; Jane Williams, dean of the School of Nursing at Rhode Island College; and Barbara Wolfe, dean of the College of Nursing at URI. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nursing Education Center provides advanced tech, simulations for students

The woman on the hospital bed looked distressed and unwell. Sent over with a diagnosis of pre-eclampsia, she was 36 weeks pregnant with her...
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