RN to BSN Faculty

Dr. Dayle Joseph, Ed.D., R.N., Director of Nursing

Dr. Dayle Joseph, the Assistant Provost and Director of Nursing, is a seasoned educator who is enthusiastic about joining the NEIT’s faculty and leadership team.  She is actively engaged in nursing and healthcare, serving on The Miriam Hospital Board of Governors and the Lifespan Quality Review committee.  In addition, she is an active member of the Miriam Hospital’s Quality committee and on the Board of the Rhode Island Free Clinic, where she heads the Development Committee.  

Dr. Joseph received a nursing diploma from RI Hospital in 1966 and has been a nursing instructor/educator for over 40 years at URI, St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing and the Rogers Williams Center for Practice and Education. She earned an undergraduate and master's degrees from RI College and URI, and a doctor in education degree from Boston University.

Dr. Joseph has received numerous awards –two that she is very proud of:  The Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Service to Sigma Theta Tau and the Nightingale Award from the RISNA (Rhode Island State Nurses) Hall of Fame.   Dr. Joseph has co-authored a text book and is the author of several scholarly articles.

Cathy Wharton, MSN, RN, MA, CAGS, LMHC,  Associate Professor & BSN Coordinator

Cathy Wharton received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from Georgetown University.  She completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree with a minor in education from the University of Texas at El Paso in adult health with a focus in critical care.  Her work experience has been in adult critical care (ICU / Step-down units) both as charge nurse and as a nursing school instructor.  She has also worked as a case manager in home health and served as an education specialist at Kent Hospital for 9 years to ensure best practices in nursing.  Her work experience also includes acting as Director of Nursing in a long term care facility.

She received a Master’s in Arts degree from Salve Regina University in Holistic Counseling and developed the ‘Integrative Therapy Programs” for Kent Hospital and their affiliates while conducting  research to show their effectiveness in pain management and improvement of patient outcomes.  She received a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies in Transpersonal Psychology / Mental Health from Salve Regina University and is in private practice in East Greenwich as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She is an active member in both Sigma Theta Tau and Alpha Sigma Nu.

In 2010 she published an article featured in Advance for Nurses titled Nursing Core Competencies:  Kent Hospital, Warwick, RI, Creates Tools to Prepare New Nurses  done in conjunction with MONE (Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives).  She has also published research and articles related to integrative therapies and their effects on pain, outcomes and customer
satisfaction in the hospital setting. 

Dr. Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert, DNP, CPNP-PC, ACHPN, CPON, Associate Professor

Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner for which her clinical practice includes pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology, and pediatric palliative and end-of-life care. She is board certified in pain management, pediatric oncology, and advanced hospice and palliative care. Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert holds a doctorate of nursing practice from Simmons College, an M.S. in Nursing from Emory University, and a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island.

Suzan Menihan, MSN, RN, CNM, TNCC, Instructor

Suzan has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing both from the University of Rhode Island. She has earned numerous professional certifications in the field, including: Nurse-Midwife (American Midwifery Certification Board), First Assisting for Cesarean Birth, Master’s Colposcopy, Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR, and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics.

Her teaching experience includes having been a clinical preceptor for the University of Rhode Island’s graduate program in Nurse-Midwifery and in their undergraduate program in Women’s Health Care.

Early in her career, she was a staff nurse at South County Hospital and Westerly Hospital where she provided direct patient care for women and infants, and developed post-partum assessment teaching tools for staff. Later, she worked as a midwife in a variety of practices throughout the state and became a partner/owner of the first independent midwifery-owned OB/GYN practice in Rhode Island.


Darlene Noret, MSN, Ed. APRN, ACAGNP-BC, TNCC, Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of Nursing

 Darlene has a diverse nursing background that includes expertise in critical care, trauma, emergency nursing, and nursing leadership.  Darlene held leadership positions at the two largest emergency departments in Rhode Island and also had a leadership position at the only level I trauma center in southern New England.  In addition to teaching Leadership and Management in the RN to BSN program, Darlene is a board certified advanced practice nurse with a specialty in: acute care, adult gerontology.  Darlene is currently working on her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DnP.). She holds many professional memberships including ANA, NLN, MARINLN, ENA, Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Rhode Island Nurses Association, Massachusetts Nurses Association, and the Florida Nurses Association.


Accreditation Status

The RN to Bachelor in Science Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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