This week, the New York State Education Department’s Board of Regents granted a charter to create the St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing and approved the merger of Memorial College of Nursing into the new St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing.
The Memorial College of Nursing, which has been educating and preparing students for fulfilling careers in nursing for more than a century, relocated in August from the Albany Memorial Hospital campus to Marian Hall on the Maria College campus, located at 714 New Scotland Avenue in Albany. The move was made in anticipation of the approved merger, to take advantage of the close proximity of Marian Hall to St. Peter’s Hospital.
Nursing students in the program will now have the ability to complete their clinical education experiences at St. Peter’s Hospital – one of the Capital Region’s largest and highest-volume hospitals. Graduates from St. Peter’s College of Nursing earn a two-year associates in science degree and are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) required for licensure as an RN.
“St. Peter’s Health Partners is proud of its long-tradition of educating caring and competent nurses,” says Mary Ellen Giambona, dean of St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing. “We look forward to continuing that tradition. We are so very grateful to the college’s alumni association for its continued support and dedication through the years and look forward to continuing that strong partnership.”
An open house was held on Wednesday, November 13, offering tours of the new St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing classrooms for students, faculty, and alumni of the Memorial College of Nursing. Mike Finegan, president of acute care at SPHP, offered remarks at the event to welcome attendees and thank the college’s alumni for their support.