Impact

Quest for the Holy Grail – A Vaccine for COVID-19

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I am a behavioral health specialist and a healthcare worker at a hospital. [The name of the institution is being withheld for safety reasons.] I work with patients that are mentally ill, autistic or developmentally delayed,” says Dickerson, a 2019 graduate of RIC’s BSW program. She graduated from the MSW program this month.

Read more at the Rhode Island College news website.

Nursing Student Advocates for Patients, Protects Her Family

“The work that I do there is mostly patient care based. I help the patients with all of their activities of daily living: bathing, brushing teeth, toileting, providing lotion and other necessities,” explains Bouchard.

“I think the most important thing I do, as a student nurse intern, is to just be there for the patients. To help them talk to their loved ones, to make sure they’re not lonely.”

Bouchard does not consider herself to be at risk being on the frontline of the pandemic. “This is what I signed up for,” she says.

Read more at the Rhode Island College news website.

Nursing Student Finds Her Calling at the Bedside

Kaileigh Petit, a senior nursing majoring and president of the Rhode Island College Student Nurses Association, is putting her life on the line at Rhode Island Hospital.

“I am a student nurse intern, delivering patient care at the bedside. I take vital signs and provide more direct nursing care, such as sterile specimen collections, cardiac or telemetry monitoring, oxygen administration, intravenous therapy, urinary catheterizations, and much more,” explains Petit. She is also responsible for patient safety, like reducing fall risks and safe patient transfers.

Read more at the Rhode Island College news website.

Tech Ed. Prof. Fabricates Face Shields to Slow Spread of Virus

Personal protective equipment for frontline health-care workers, like face shields, masks, gowns and gloves, has been in short supply around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Recognizing the need, RIC Professor of Technology Education Charlie McLaughlin, who heads the Langevin Center for Design, Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at RIC, began researching methods of making face shields.

Read more at the Rhode Island College news website.

Social Work Grad Puts Herself at Risk to Serve Others

“I am a behavioral health specialist and a healthcare worker at a hospital. [The name of the institution is being withheld for safety reasons.] I work with patients that are mentally ill, autistic or developmentally delayed,” says Dickerson, a 2019 graduate of RIC’s BSW program. She graduated from the MSW program this month.

Read more at the Rhode Island College news website.