Wilbur Named Executive Director of the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center

Thursday, June 01, 2017


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Erin Wilbur PHOTO: Brown

Erin Wilbur has been named Executive Director of the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, announced the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner on Wednesday. She will oversee the new massive nursing school being developed in Providence.

“I am thrilled to be part of the launch of this innovative, state-of-the-art facility. I truly believe the Center will have a vital role in the advancement of health care in Rhode Island,” said Wilbur. 

Wilbur is currently Assistant Director of the Primary Care Population Medicine Program at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown. 

“Given Erin’s strong background in healthcare, higher education, and program administration, the Committee felt confident that she was the right candidate for this innovative partnership,” said Acting Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier.

Erin Wilbur 

At Brown, Wilbur oversaw all operational aspects of a dual degree program for medical students, which included managing a grant portfolio of $2.5 million and coordinating the year-long immersive training program. 

Before her work at Brown, she held positions at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she focused on quality and process improvement projects within neonatal settings.

RI Nursing Education Center 

The Rhode Island Nursing Education Center is a partnership between the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, intended to advance the education of aspiring and practicing nurses and enable both programs to meet the increasing demands for high-quality nurses.

Scheduled to open in the summer of 2017, the Center occupies more than 130,000 sq-ft of space at South Street Landing in Providence, in close proximity to the state’s major hospitals and Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. 

The Center will feature shared simulation laboratories and innovative teaching and learning spaces designed to support immersive, hands-on curricula and distinguish the Center as a national leader in nursing education. 

It will also serve as a regional professional development and training center.


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