With nurse practitioners providing high quality medical care and offsetting the national shortage of primary care physicians, anything that increases the supply of these advanced practice nurses is a boon to the country’s health care system.
Officials are planning a new graduate nursing program at Hofstra University in Nassau, Long Island, which already partners with North Shore-LIJ Health System for its Medical School. The graduate nursing program would be the newest planned expansion of this partnership and will be officially known as the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Health Professions.
It can be difficult for nurses with full-time jobs and families to go back to school to earn a graduate degree, so the Master of Science in Nursing program will be a part-time program that takes place over three years. This should make it easier for the nursing students to fulfill the rigorous requirements of 52 credit hours and 840 clinical hours.
Graduates of this nursing program will become either family nurse practitioners or adult-gerontology acute-care nurse practitioners. The latter are particularly in demand with a rapidly aging population in the US.
The founding dean of the graduate nursing program, Kathleen Gallo, told Newsday that the program is waiting for approval from the State Education Department and is ready to go as soon as they get the green light. They are hoping to open in September or January at the latest.
Gallo is both an associate professor of science education at the medical school and North Shore-LIJ Health System’s senior VP and chief learning officer. This high-powered background should make her an excellent dean for this exciting and innovative new program.