Nursing at Lifespan
Celebrating the Year of the Nurse
2020 has been designated the Year of the Nurse by the World Health Assembly to commemorate the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. Now, more than ever, it's the perfect time to honor the individual and team efforts of the many nurses who make Lifespan hospitals among the most outstanding in New England – and who every day help us achieve our mission of Delivering health with care.
“It is impossible to overstate the impact that nurses have on our patients. Nurses provide not only medical care but also comfort, peace of mind, and information that enables patients to anticipate what comes next in an unfamiliar situation,” said Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president and chief executive officer.
“Lifespan greatly appreciates and is proud of the nurses who come to work across our system each day,” said Cathy Duquette, PhD, RN, Lifespan’s executive vice president of nursing affairs. “As we celebrate, it is an honor to recognize all nurses for their critical contributions to service excellence and patient safety.”
Profiles of Lifespan Nurses
Click the profiles below to meet each nurse and learn how their unique experiences led to a career caring for patients.
Carly Masse, RN, practices nursing in the Intensive Care Unit at The Miriam Hospital.
A native of New Jersey, Masse came to Rhode Island to study at URI. Initially, like many young college students, she was undecided about her major. Her inspiration to pursue nursing came by chance during a visit to a friend in the hospital. Masse witnessed a nurse caring for a child who had cancer, and it opened her eyes to nursing as a profession.
It was only natural, though, that Masse found her way to nursing: Her grandmother and mother were nurses, too.
For five years, Masse has been working in The Miriam’s intensive care unit, where currently she is caring for the most severely ill COVID-19 patients.
While still in nursing school, Lauren Sullivan worked on the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities unit at Bradley Hospital.
After graduating, Sullivan’s career path took her in another direction. But she found that she missed working with the patients at Bradley, so she accepted a position in the adolescent inpatient unit, where she now is assistant clinical manager.
Sullivan’s love for her work shines through when you talk with her. It’s most evident when she describes how she learns from the children at Bradley.
During this time of coping with the COVID-19 epidemic, there are additional challenges in caring for youngsters who aren’t able to have visits from family members. Sullivan works extra hours and comes in on weekends to help support her staff as they navigate these difficult times.
Her career has taken Donna Marasigan, RN, a nurse in the PICU at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, to several nations, making her a true citizen of the world.
Marasigan is originally from Batangas in the Philippines. She trained and originally practiced in her home country, and then traveled to Saudi Arabia, where she applied her skills for a decade in a heart center. Ireland, where she worked in an ICU, was her next destination.
Enriched by her experiences, the globe-trotting nurse put down roots at Hasbro Children’s nearly 15 years ago. Marasigan is known as an exceptionally talented nurse who has tremendous passion for her practice and for learning.
Coping with a crisis isn't unusual for Steven Dellacroce, RN. Long before he began caring for patients in the designated COVID-19 area of Rhode Island Hospital’s emergency room, he repeatedly put his life on the line.
Dellacroce served in the U.S. Army from 1999 to 2007, and later worked as a government-contracted firefighter in Baghdad, Iraq.
He is known for seeking out challenges, and he certainly has found one as he cares for Rhode Islanders who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are potentially infected with the deadly virus. Hundreds have come through the doors of the Rhode Island Hospital ED.
Dellacroce’s service abroad didn’t end in Iraq. He recently traveled to Tanzania with an international medical relief organization on a mission to bring care to underserved populations.
After many years working for the Block Island Ferry, he made a major transition: enrolling in the CCRI nursing program then based at Newport Hospital. In becoming a nurse, he followed in the footsteps of his mother and grandmother.
In Brunelli’s eyes, he’s keeping up the family tradition of helping others.
After graduating, he gained valuable experience working as a float nurse at the hospital, before taking a night-shift position in the emergency department. Now, after 14 years at the hospital, Brunelli is a charge nurse on the day shift in the ED, where he enjoys the quick pace.
He continues to help others, serving as a preceptor and role model for nurses beginning their own careers.
Aside from her own hard work, Serena Tavares, RN, credits her success largely to her mom, who raised her and two sisters alone in an under-served Providence neighborhood, ensuring that they each had the education and opportunities they’d need. Her mom, who worked a second job in patient registration, guided 18-year-old Serena into the Lifespan Summer Youth Employment Program in 2014, and it was there that Serena found a love of nursing.
Tavares spent four years in the program, while attending nursing school, and upon graduating with an impressive GPA, she was hired immediately onto 4E, a med-surg floor at The Miriam Hospital, the same floor where she did her clinical rotations.
Within a year, Serena was elevated to charge nurse on her overnight shift, and says she loves that late night time with her patients, whether delivering a snack while administering medication, or offering encouraging words while wiping a patient’s tears at 3 a.m. She still stays in touch with her mentor from the Summer Youth Employment Program, and occasionally visits to encourage other youth to develop and pursue their goals, whether in health care or elsewhere.