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Carolyn Wood

Carolyn Wood

Ph.D., RN

Academic Focus

School nurse education



Ph.D., Graduate School of Education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
M.S., Maternal/Child Health Specialty, School of Nursing, Boston University, Boston, MA
B.S., Nursing, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

Professional Experience

2011 - present National Perinatal Information Center/Quality Analytic Services
Providence, Rhode Island
Clinical Nurse Consultant
1987 - present Rhode Island College
Providence, Rhode Island
Professor of Nursing

Lecturer and clinical instructor for generic program in area of Women's Health
MSN program lecturer for research course
Chairperson 2007-2009
Adjunct in RN to BSN program 2011-present
2001 - present Cambridge College
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Instructor Graduate Education School Nursing Program

Advisor for development of Masters major project
Instructor for course on grief and loss
1993 - 1999 Simmons College
Boston, Massachusetts
Nursing Faculty - Part-Time

Clinical faculty for sophomore level students in medical-surgical and obstetrical settings. Instruction in physical assessment
1995 - 2001 University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island
Nursing Faculty - Part-Time

Clinical instructor for obstetrics and community health
1991 - 1995 Women and Infants' Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island
Nurse Researcher

New position created to promote nursing research. Developed procedures and established Nursing Research Committee. Member of hospital wide Investigational Review Board for review of proposed research by physicians, including members of Brown University faculty, psychologists, nurses and social workers. Responsible for dissemination and utilization of nursing research findings
1989 - 1994 Carroll, Kelley and Murphy Legal Associates
Providence, Rhode Island
Nurse Consultant

Consultant to attorneys for defense of hospitals, physicians and nurses in medical, surgical, obstetrical, and pediatric specialties. Prepared medical chronologies, reviewed and commented on depositions, assisted with and provided research in case preparation.
1984 - 1987 Women and Infants' Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island
Associate Vice-President, Patient Care Services

Responsible for Ambulatory Outpatient Services, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Labor and Delivery Unit, Nursing Quality Assurance, and Patient Education. Directly supervised 5 clinical managers in charge of the efforts of over 300 nurses and unit supervisors in a union environment. Chaired Nursing Quality Assurance Committee and improved quality assurance monitoring. Responsible for resolving clinical practice issues and implementing JCAHO standards of care. Coordinated the preparation for two successful JCAHO visits. Revised and developed the system of nursing care delivery in a new hospital setting. Involved in planning and executing the move to the new hospital. Chaired the Nursing Policy and Procedure Committee. Member of the following hospital wide committees: Risk Management, Perinatal Review, Special Care Nursery, Ambulatory Review, Medical Records and Institutional Review Board. Coordinated grant writing for the Nursing Department, including the writing of successfully funded grants for the March of Dimes, Lalor Foundation, and the Rhode Island Department of Health.
1983 - 1984 Marymount University
Arlington, Virginia
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Supervised students (basic and RN) in medical and surgical settings at Arlington Hospital, Arlington, Virginia and Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C. Prepared for and participated in a successful NLN accreditation visit.
1975 - 1983 Salve Regina University
Newport, Rhode Island
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Served as Junior Level Coordinator
Provided classroom and clinical instruction with varying levels of students in medical-surgical and maternal-child health care settings.
1972 - 1975 Newport Hospital
Newport, Rhode Island
Nursing Instructor

Classroom and clinical instruction in maternal-child health.
1970 - 1971 Lakeville Hospital
Lakeville, Massachusetts
Nursing Instructor

Classroom and clinical instruction in medical-surgical nursing.
1968 - 1970 Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School
Fall River, Massachusetts

Designed and implemented health service program.
1967 - 1968 New England Baptist Hospital
Roxbury, Massachusetts
Staff Nurse


Mosser, N, Williams, J & Wood, C. (2006) The use of progressive testing throughout nursing programs: How two colleges promote success in the NCLEX-RN. Annual Review of Nursing Education, 4,305-319.

Wood, C., Meers, A., Heber, W., & Peipert, J. (2002). The role of the nurse in smoking cessation counseling for pregnant women. Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, 6(8), 45-50.

Wood, C. (1999). Crinkie and Topper Visit the Dentist. Unpublished manuscript.

Williams, J., Wood, C., and Cunningham-Warburton, P. (1999). A narrative study of chemo-Therapy-induced alopecia. Oncology Nursing Forum, 26 (8), 1463-1468.

Dufault, M.A., Bartlett, B., Dagrosa (Wood), C., and Joseph, D. (1992). A state-wide consortium initiative to establish an undergraduate clinical internship program. Journal of Professional Nursing, 8(4), 239-243.

Currier-Dagrosa (Wood), C. (1986). Current Trends in Maternal-Child Health Care. In M.E. Doenges, M.G. Moorhouse, and J.R. Kenty, Maternal/Newborn Nursing Care Plans. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Currier-Dagrosa, C. (1985). Assessment of High-Risk Factors in Parenting. In Hawkins, J.W. and Gorvine, B. Eds. Post Partum Nursing Health Care of Women. New York: Springer.

Burgess, H.A. and Currier (Wood), C. (1976). Family Planning. In Brandt, P.A., Chinn, P.L. and Smith, M.E., Current Practices in Pediatric Nursing. St. Louis: The C.V. Mosby Company.


Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN), initiative of RWJ and the Northwest Health Foundation. Collaboration in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (2008-2011). Part of academic team from Rhode Island College

Exploring Perspectives of Nursing Students and Nursing Faculty on Academic Clinical Honesty. Wood, C and Williams, J. (2010-2011) Co-Investigator.

Smoking Cessation in a Prenatal Population: Use of the Transtheoretical Model for Behavioral Change. Collaborative project of the Cancer Prevention Research Consortium at the University of Rhode Island and Women & Infants Hospital. Wood, C. (1996-2002) Project Collaborator.

A Narrative Study of Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia in a Culturally Diverse Population. Williams J., Wood, C., Cunningham-Warburton, P. (1999-2000) Co-Investigator.

A Narrative Study of Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia. Williams J., Wood, C., Cunningham-Warburton, P. (1996-98) Co-Investigator.

Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy: The Nurses' Role. Wood, C.(1999-2001) Principal Investigator.

An Innovative Approach to the Professional Socialization of Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Supported through Funds for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE). Currier-Dagrosa (Wood), C. (1988-1991) Principal Investigator.

The Effects of Summer Work Study Program Upon the Problem Solving Skills of Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, University of Connecticut. Currier-Dagrosa (Wood), C. (1986).

Improving Maternal Health Care through Joint Efforts of Nursing Education and Nursing Service. An HEW grant directed by Ms. Carolyn Miller, The University of Connecticut. Currier-Dagrosa (Wood), C. (1977-1979) Project Researcher.

An Investigative Study of the Pregnant Women's Daydreams. Unpublished Master's Thesis, Boston, University. Currier (Wood), C. (1972).

Preparation of Ancillary Health Personnel. A United States Public Health Service Grant directed by Mrs. Sandra Rasmussen, Boston University. Currier (Wood), C. (1968-1969) Project Researcher.

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association
  • Rhode Island State Nurses Association
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Upsilon Chapter-at-Large

Professional Activities

  • 2008-present - Dean's Advisory Committee-RIC SON
  • 2004-2007 - Ethics Committee - Newport County VNA
  • 2004-2007 - Nursing Research Committee - Newport Hospital
  • 2005 - Sigma Theta Tau, Delta-Upsilon Chapter - Governance Committee
  • 2000-2004 - WIH research team member under the direction of Dr Jeffrey Peipert
  • 2003-present - Cambridge College - School Nurse Advisory Committee
  • 2003 - RISNA - By-Laws Committee
  • 2000 - Steering Committee- End-of-Life Project-Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2000-2001 - Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Upsilon Chapter-Nominating Committee
  • 1992-2000 - Women and Infants Hospital-IRB Committee
  • 1988-1992 - RISNA-Cabinet on Nursing Education
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