Niagara Falls hospital, university team up for nursing program

Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Memorial Medical Center and Lewiston, N.Y.-based Niagara University are collaborating to provide another educational resource to nurses, according to a Buffalo Business First report.

Under the agreement, the hospital will host classes taught by NU nursing faculty. The collaboration is meant to provide nursing employees and area students the opportunity to learn in the hospital setting. The agreement also aims to help address a nursing shortage.

"At the end of the day, the student nurses are going to be practitioners and they're going to be in a hospital, they're going to be on the floors and in community health centers so to have that early on really deepens their commitment to the profession," the Rev. James Maher, NU's president, told Buffalo Business First.

The program — which will offer a bachelor's degree in nursing, according to the report — comes after Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in December signed a "BSN in 10" law that requires nursing students to earn a bachelor's degree within 10 years of initial registered nurse licensure.

Approximately 15-30 students are slated to begin classes at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center this fall. Nursing classes will still be offered at the university's main campus in Lewiston.




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