Rhode Island is a small state with huge opportunities in nursing education. The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, for instance, provides prospective students with the ability to earn a BSN, MSN in six specialties that range from administration to psychiatric/mental specialties, and a doctoral program. St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses, located in North Providence, offers the MSN in nurse anesthesia, and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island School of Nurse Anesthesia in Pawtucket also provides the MSN in nurse anesthesia. Salve Regina University in Newport offers the BSN, and community college statewide provide beginning nurses with diplomas for LPN and RN programs or associate degrees in nursing.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $14,000 and $78,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. One of Rhode Island’s largest employers includes Landmark Medical Center, a nonprofit healthcare network with a 214-bed main facility in Woonsocket. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket also offers many employment opportunities along with competitive compensation and benefits. Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence is a community-owned and governed health care organization that provides some of the most advanced specialty care available today. Providence also is home to Lifespan Health System, with facilities located throughout Providence and in Newport. Lifespan provides a wide range of treatments for patients, including the region’s only pediatric radiology department, and a cardiac intervention program that was rated as one of the nation’s best. While the majority of this state’s hospitals are located in Providence, graduates also can find employment in areas such as Westerly, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, Cranston and Warwick.