Programs for Nurses

Nursing Student Associate

A Nursing Student Associate (NSA) assists the professional nurse in caring for patients and families, within the framework of the nursing practice group, and is reflective of a student of professional nursing.

An NSA consistently applies the corporate values of respect, honesty, and fairness and the constant pursuit of excellence. He or she seeks to improve the health status of the people of our region through customer-friendly, geographically accessible, high-value health services within a comprehensive, integrated academic health system. NSAs are responsible for knowing and acting in accordance with the principles of the Lifespan Corporate Compliance Program and code of conduct.

Qualifications and Requirements:

To be qualified for the NSA Program at Rhode Island Hospital, applicants must have:

  • Completed two clinical courses with two hospital clinical rotations (psychiatry and public health rotations will not be accepted)
  • Proof of current CPR certification
  • Availability to attend an orientation session in its entirety

Employees selected for the per diem pool will be required to work:

  1. One complete weekend out of four weeks on two consecutive days, from Saturday at 7 a.m. to Monday at 7 a.m.
    Three weekend shifts on nonconsecutive days per four-week period. One of these shifts must be worked on a Sunday.
    Weekends according to the specific needs of the clinical service.
  2. One hospital holiday per year, based on the need of the clinical service.
  3. A minimum of five 8-hour shifts per four-week graph.

Employees in the per diem pool may not hold another full- or part-time position in the hospital. Exempt employees are an exception and may be included in the per diem pool.

The hospital does not guarantee or promise any set number of hours of work per day or per week.


Per diem staff receive $14/hour.

Shift and weekend differentials are as follows:

  • Evening - $0.95/hour
  • Night - $2/hour
  • Weekend - $1.50/hour

Eligibility for retirement benefits will be provided under the same provisions that apply to all other hospital employees. No other benefits will be provided to per diem staff.

No holiday hours will accrue when the per diem employee works a holiday. Major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day) will be paid at the usual major holiday premium pay.

Orientation is mandatory and will be provided at the time of employment. The orientation period, as well as minimal requirements throughout the year for meeting CPR certification and other mandatory education programs, will be compensated at the per diem rate.


Summer Program

  • April: Must apply on career website to Nursing Student Associate posting. Pre-screening process begins.
  • May: Interviews are completed and offers made.
  • Early June: The program starts.

Winter Program

  • November: Must apply on career website to Nursing Student Associate posting. Pre-screening process begins.
  • December: Interviews are completed and offers made.
  • Early January: The program starts.

*Candidates are required to bring the following to the interview:

  • One written reference from a clinical instructor
  • An official transcript showing successful completion of two hospital clinical rotations
  • Proof of current BLS

We look forward to welcoming you to the Rhode Island Hospital team!