National Advocate Praises Nursing Industry In Rhode Island

Sep 13, 2013

Nurses need a place at the table as the nation reshapes its healthcare landscape. That’s according to Dr. Susan Hassmiller, the senior advisor for nursing for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Hassmiller has been touring the state this week, discussing the future of nursing.

She said because of the economy, older nurses are working longer, making it harder for recent graduates to land a job. Hassmiller applauds Rhode Island for helping nursing students with its state-wide residency.

“You’re keeping a good number of nurses in the profession, giving them new experiences. And if one of those organizations happen to hire one of the nurse residents, they get a financial bonus. That’s a great thing you’re doing in the state," said Hassmiller.

Hassmiller said aging states like Rhode Island will need more nurses as the population grows older.

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