NARRAGANSETT – In a series of events that can only be described as unlikely, coincidental and triumphant, a 22-year-old quadriplegic nurse named Janice Wray will graduate from URI next year and begin her work as a registered nurse and educator. Wray began her education in the nursing field for the same reasons as most.
“It just kind of fit. My dad had an accident when I was in high school, which brought me closer to the medical field – then it just clicked,” said Wray. “I love it.”
Besides being a dedicated clinical nurse and an optimistic URI senior, Wray was involved in a no-fault, single car rollover in 2010 that left her with a broken neck and a spinal cord injury during her clinical at South County Walk-In and Primary Care. She lost all movement in her legs and the dexterity in her hands.
“No hands, no legs, no trunk,” she explained with a smile. “I did a month in the ICU at Yale and then three months in Boston. The URI professors and the whole nursing department were so supportive the whole time throughout my accident. They really fought to get me to come back (to finish her clinical).”
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