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Rhode Island Nurses In Action: David Stephenson

Posted 28 days ago by Sadye Savoir

Rhode Island Nurses In Action                                                                                                            

David Stephenson

BSN: Rhode Island College, c/o 2008
MHA: Salve Regina University, c/o 2019

Why did you choose nursing?

I loved being to help people when they were at their most vulnerable. 

What was your career path?

I stared in Critical Care at the bedside. I transitioned to Nursing Leadership and it's where I remain today. I love helping new nurses come on and develop their skills, eventually passing on their wisdom to the next group of nurses. 

What do you find most satisfying about your current nursing role / activity?

My work is validated when I observe the nurses, I've helped develop take exceptional care of patients. 

What is a non-work- related activity that brings you joy?

I read a variety of books and play golf. 

What is one thing you don't think the general public understands about Nursing generally or about your field of nursing specifically?

The public likely doesn’t fully understand the impact that some patients have on nurses personally and how nurse-patient encounters can change not only the way a nurse practices, but their outlook on life. 

David Stephenson works at Rhode Island Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Manager. He is eager to talk with Nurses about Critical Care Nursing, Nursing Leadership, and golf. He can be reached at

To read more of these amazing interviews, visit RI State Nurses Association (ANA- RI) and look under the Membership tab- Nurses In Action folder. We are amazing and diverse and EVERYWHERE!