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Massachusetts/Rhode Island


Welcome to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing!

As a Constituent League, MARILN has had a very rewarding and fulfilling year!

The Strategic Plan for 2018 was approved by the Board in January 2018.  With the assistance of the Board, Sheila Blomquist (Administrative Assistant) and our Constituent League Members, all four goals were substantially accomplished.

In our assessment of the Strategic Plan of 2018, we have continued to discuss issues pertaining to recruitment and retention.  We had a high of 224 members in 2016, 241 in 2017 and we are on track for 250+ members in 2018.  The membership committee is reviewing our data to determine when and how members join, as well as why they continue, or terminate their membership.

Our mini-workshops have continued to flourish and we will have presented three programs by December 2018.   Our two, full day educational conferences featured Dr. Pam Jeffries (Best Practices for Simulation) and Dr. Susan Bosher (Increasing English as an Additional Language Nursing Students’ Comprehension of Multiple-Choice Test Items through Linguistic Modification.) Poster presentations continued to be very popular and we have featured nursing faculty and graduate students’ research studies. 

We are fiscally sound and over the past fifteen years we have awarded $30,000 to students in pre- licensure through doctoral education programs. We are committed to mentoring new members, board officers and new faculty.  We had hoped to provide a web-based (faculty) mentoring program this year but we are researching funding for this endeavor in the future.  Additionally, we have recognized the need to develop educational opportunities to prepare CNE and CNE-cl faculty and this too, is a goal for the future.

Pat Demers, MS, MPH, RN, NE-BC, CNE
Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing