From 1993 to 1997, the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, Providence, worked in partnership with a variety of organizations and agencies to build a nursing career continuum—spanning educational levels from current high school students interested in health care careers to master's level candidates—for minority and economically disadvantaged state residents.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Ladders in Nursing Careers Program.
Know as Rhode Island Project L.I.N.C., the project developed a fully accredited associates degree program for surgical technicians. It also partnered with community organizations to access day care, mental health services, health care, and other support services for students. All of the state's nursing schools and most of the state's hospitals participated in the program.