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Catholic Health Hosts Reception to Honor First Graduating Class of Unique Nurse Scholars Program

May 14, 2012

It’s graduation season in Western New York, and Catholic Health is hosting a special reception to honor the first ever graduating class of its unique Nurse Scholars Program on Tuesday, May 15 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at 1300 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

Catholic Health teamed up with Niagara University in 2010 to launch the RN to BSN degree program for its registered nurses who want to advance their careers. The Catholic Health Nurse Scholars Program offers qualified nurses the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Niagara University in 30 months.

“Nursing is a dynamic field with many opportunities for practitioners with advanced degrees,” said Michael Moley, senior vice president of Human Resources for Catholic Health. “This program gives our nurses the tools they need to grow within the profession and take on more challenging roles within our system.”

As part of the program, Catholic Health covers the cost of tuition and books, and provides a laptop computer to help the nurses with their studies. In exchange, the nurses agree to remain employed within Catholic Health for three years after earning their bachelors’ degrees. Through a special arrangement with Niagara University, many of the classes are held at Catholic Health’s Education Center at the AppleTree Business Park in Cheektowaga.

“We’d like to congratulate all our graduate nurses for this significant accomplishment,” said Sandy Spencer, director of Staff Development for Catholic Health. “These nurses have shown their commitment to lifelong nursing and professional excellence.”

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