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  • Barbara Riley, RN

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer 

    Barbara Riley

    Barbara Riley, RN, MS, is the senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Rhode Island Hospital. In this role she oversees the department of nursing, spanning the emergency department, peri-operative services and adult inpatient services at Rhode Island Hospital, the state's largest acute care hospital and only Level I trauma center and its pediatric division, Hasbro Children's Hospital. She is responsible for strategic planning, nursing practice and quality.

    Riley has more than 25 years of nursing and management experience in progressively responsible roles. She joined Rhode Island Hospital in 2002 as administrative director of emergency services and adult medical services. In 2005, she was appointed vice president and associate chief nursing officer, and then in 2007 was named vice president and chief nursing officer until her official appointment to the role of senior vice president and chief nursing officer in January 2008.

    Prior to joining Rhode Island Hospital, she was the director of inpatient and emergency services at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT where she also served as director of its emergency department. Riley was assistant director of nursing and held various leadership roles throughout 14 years of service at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT, where she gained valuable understanding of the workings of an academic medical center. 

    Riley earned a bachelors of science degree in nursing from Ohio State University and masters of science in nursing administration from the University of Connecticut. She is board certified in nursing administration and an adjunct associate professor of nursing at URI.

    She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, an organization for nurses who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and exceptional achievements in their field. Riley is also a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has written and presented on subjects including Variables Associated With Wound-Healing in Patients in Therapeutic Beds, Oppressed Group Behavior in Nurses and The Changing Role of the Head Nurse/Nurse Manager.