The life of a Rhode Island hospital nurse has changed dramatically, but patient care has always remained at the heart of the profession. Ellen Lebeuf, RN, a member of the hospital’s nursing staff for more than 40 years, comments on elements of a nurse’s daily life and responsibilities, then and now. Special thanks to the Rhode Island Historical Society for providing the footage from the 1955 television program, The World Around Us.
Rhode Island Hospital employs more than 1,200 registered nurses, as well as 60 licensed practical nurses, 280 nursing assistants and 150 student nursing assistants. Affiliations with various colleges and schools of nursing enhance the recruitment of staff and promote education and research.