Salve Graduate Nursing Student Highlight

Ruth Joseph '15



“Through Salve Regina’s nursing program, I developed the knowledge and skills needed to become a member of the global health partnership, and I learned how to provide patient-centered care.” ~ Ruth Joseph ’15, DNP Candidate

To celebrate National Nurses Week ~ May 6-12, 2017, Salve Regina University recognizes seven decades of excellence in nursing education through the Nurses Helping Nurses Challenge. Nursing alumni are encouraged to support the nursing students of today by making a gift toward the new nursing wing in the O’Hare Academic Building or by adding to the Nursing Alumni Scholarship Fund. 

An RN for the emergency department at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Mass., Ruth recalls her first four years at Salve, “I was challenged academically and given the tools needed to succeed post-graduation. I felt accepted and valued by the faculty and my peers, and I felt comfortable approaching my professors about any issues or concerns.” 

After completing her undergraduate degree, Ruth decided to continue on for her advanced degree in nursing, “I want to be able to ‘treat the person, not just the diagnosis.' Being in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will give me the autonomy to provide holistic care at the highest achievable level.” Designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing, Salve Regina’s DNP program provides clinical preparation for becoming a family nurse practitioner and education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems thinking, and leadership. 

Long-time Salve benefactor and the grandparent of graduates, Mrs. Samuel M. V. Hamilton extended a special challenge to alumni and friends to help complete the campaign for the O’Hare Academic Building. Mrs. Hamilton agreed to contribute $250,000 if at least 1,000 alumni support the project and an additional $750,000 is raised by the University. Gifts from Salve Regina nursing alumni and friends to the O’Hare Hamilton Challenge will move Salve closer to this goal. 

During National Nurses Week, the University is challenging its nursing alumni to make a gift to the O’Hare Hamilton Challenge through the Nurses Helping Nurses Challenge. The goal is to achieve 450 gifts by Friday, May 12th. 

Celebrate graduate nursing students like Ruth by joining the Nurses Helping Nurses Challenge. Every. Gift. Counts