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March 18, 2015
Grad Program for Nursing

Kathleen Gallo, Chief Learning Officer, North Shore-LIJ Health System

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Crain's Health Pulse
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
New Nursing School at North Shore-LIJ, Hofstra

In response to changing laws and growing demand for nurse practitioners, one of the region's largest health care systems is launching a graduate school for NP programs.

Hofstra University and the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced the formation of the School of Graduate Nursing and Health Professions. The first nursing school at NS-LIJ will house the university's two physician-assistant programs as well as two new M.S. programs for nurse practitioners that still need state approval.

"The marketplace is in need of advanced practice nurses. They're in need of nurse practitioners," said Kathleen Gallo, the school's founding dean and North Shore-LIJ's senior vice president and chief learning officer.

NPs are among the specialties in high demand among institutions applying for DSRIP funds. Some performing provider systems estimated they need to hire 1,000 new NPs—nearly double the number who graduate in the state every year.

Last year, the state made it easier for NPs to practice without a written agreement with a physician. Nonetheless, graduating NPs are still falling short on the skills they need to start working, according to Ms. Gallo.

"Employers spend a lot of money on orientation costs for new employees," she said.

To try to close the gap, the program will include 840 hours of clinical practice, rather than the 500 required by the state, and will assign the students to preceptors, clinicians who will act as individual mentors.

The school hopes to enroll its first class of 30, which will eventually grow to 65, this fall or in January 2016, Ms. Gallo said.

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March 17, 2015
New School of Graduate Nursing

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Long Island Business News
March 17, 2015
Hofstra, NS-LIJ Launching Grad School for Nursing
By: Claude Solnik

After launching a program to train medical doctors, Hofstra University and the North Shore-LIJ Health System are partnering to create the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Health Professions.

The two institutions in a written statement said they are forming a “partnership to redefine graduate nursing education.”

North Shore-LIJ said the three-year program will lead to a Master of Science degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner or an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

Kathleen Gallo, North Shore-LIJ’s chief learning officer and the graduate nursing school’s founding dean, was slated to speak on Tuesday along with Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz and North Shore-LIJ CEO Michael Dowling.

Nurse practitioners, professionals who can prescribe medications much like medical doctors, must obtain a master’s degree.

Hofstra’s two existing programs in physician assistant studies also will be housed in the new school, which initially will be based in Hofstra’s physical education center and then move into Hofstra’s continuing education building.

The new school, which still must obtain New York State Department of Education approval, isn’t scheduled to open before this fall.

March 17, 2015
Hofstra University, North Shore-LIJ to Launch School of Graduate Nursing & Health Professions

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FiOS1 News
March 17, 2015
Hofstra, North Shore-LIJ Announce Launch of Graduate School of Nursing

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Becker’s Hospital Review
March 18, 2015
North Shore-LIJ, Hofstra to Create Graduate Nursing School

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