Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ Health System announced March 17 the launch of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Health Professions, expanding their medical school partnership to meet the increasing need for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to deliver community-based health care.
Pending state approval, the school will offer a three-year, part-time program leading to an MSN degree as a family nurse practitioner or an adult-gerontology acute care NP.
Kathleen Gallo, PhD, RN, MBA, FAAN, senior vice president and chief learning officer at North Shore-LIJ and associate professor of science education at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, has been appointed founding dean of the nursing school.
In addition to nursing, Hofstra’s two existing programs in physician assistant studies – a dual degree program and a graduate program – will be housed in the new school.
“With the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and this new school focused on the training of future nurse practitioners and physician assistants, we have a unique opportunity to pursue an interprofessional education curriculum different than any other in the New York area,” Gallo said in a news release. “As our population continues to age and as more people become insured as part of the Affordable Care Act, nurse practitioners and physician assistants will both be key in meeting the growing demand for care.”
Gallo brings a blend of scholarly, clinical and management experience to the new school. At North Shore-LIJ, Gallo is responsible for leadership development throughout the health system. She has more than 25 years of experience in emergency nursing, and previously served as the health system’s director for emergency medicine and vice president for emergency medical services.
The number of NPs in the U.S. has doubled over the last decade, from 106,000 in 2004 to 205,000 in 2014, according to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, citing the impact of healthcare legislation, increased emphasis on preventative care and an aging population, projects the number of jobs in advanced nursing roles, including nurse practitioners, will increase by 31% by 2022, according to the release.
“This is a natural next step in our partnership with North Shore-LIJ,” Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz said in the release. “Meeting the need for accessible, high-quality healthcare requires well-trained medical professionals of all types.
Nurse practitioner and physician assistant are ranked among the top 10 best jobs in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report.
“Through this new school, we are taking another bold step toward redesigning both medical and nursing education to reflect the rapid changes occurring in the way healthcare is accessed, delivered and paid for in this country,” North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael J. Dowling said in the release.