Kent to use March of Dimes grant to improve health of mothers, babies


The March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter has awarded a $1,200 grant to Kent Hospital to support perinatal nurse education in Rhode Island.

Under the leadership of Jean Salera-Vieira, MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Advanced Nurse Clinician - Perinatal, this program will utilize March of Dimes nursing modules to create a statewide perinatal nurse professional education lending library. In addition to the more than 75 Kent nurses who will have direct access to the educational materials and continuing education units, the modules will be available to all Rhode Island nurses in the community. Outreach efforts for the lending library targeting all birthing hospitals and community health centers will begin in February 2013.

This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality.

“We will use the March of Dimes grant to help meet our objective of providing mothers and babies with the highest quality of care through a sustained effort of educating the state’s nurses,” said Salera-Vieira from Kent. “We are grateful to those volunteers who support the March of Dimes by participation in events like March for Babies and who donate in other ways. That participation and those donations make this grant possible.”

The education modules will be available through the Kent Hospital Education Department. If you are interested in loaning one of these resources, call 737-7010 ext. 31471. Lending guidelines require a $30 deposit, which will be returned upon the timely return of the materials in the same condition in which they were lent.


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