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DENISE COPPA, an associate professor in the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, says a new $2.7 million federal grant will allow for between 48 and 56 nurse practitioner students to get hands-on experience at Thundermist Health Center and Providence Community Health Centers. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

$2.7M federal grant to boost URI’s Advanced Nursing Education Workforce program

PROVIDENCE – A $2.7 million four-year federal grant will allow nurse practitioner students at the University of Rhode Island to get more hand-on experience...
ENGAGING STUDENTS: ­Denise Coppa, interim associate dean of graduate programs at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, teaches a class at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

URI launches mental health nurse practitioner master’s program

Nationwide, and here in Rhode Island, the health care industry is suffering from a documented shortage of qualified nurse practitioners. Employment in the sector across...

URI nursing students simulate home care scenarios

PROVIDENCE – Nurse practitioner students in the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing have a head start on preparing for challenging home care...
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...

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