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Nursing a Healthy Future

Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ Health System are expanding their successful medical school partnership with the new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

The school, launching in fall 2015, will offer a three-year, part-time program leading to a Master of Science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner or an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

Kathleen Gallo, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and chief learning officer at North Shore-LIJ Health System and an associate professor of science education at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, has been appointed founding dean of the new 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. The physician assistant studies graduate program is ranked
#70 in the nation, according to the  2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

“This is a natural next step in our partnership with North Shore-LIJ Health System,” said Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz. “Meeting the need for accessible, high-quality health care requires well-trained medical professionals of all types. The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, together with the medical school and our School of Health Professions and Human Services, will help build a comprehensive network of health care options that will serve our region for decades to come.”

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School  of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies will continue the innovative, holistic, patient-centered approach pioneered by the medical school, an educational model that focuses on treating people, rather than illnesses, and emphasizes community-based care.

“The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, together with the medical school and our School of Health Professions and Human Services, will help build a comprehensive network of health care options that will serve our region for decades to come. — Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz

“Through this new School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, we are taking another bold step toward redesigning both medical and nursing education to reflect the rapid changes occurring in the way health care is accessed, delivered  and paid for in this country,” said North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael J. Dowling. “In keeping with our hands-on approach to education, North Shore-LIJ’s 19 hospitals, more than 400 outpatient facilities, our simulation center and all other resources across the health system will be available as learning laboratories for students in this innovative new school.”

The number of nurse practitioners in the United States has nearly doubled over the last decade, from 106,000
in 2004 to 205,000 in 2014, according to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics, citing the impact of health care legislation, increased emphasis on preventive care and an aging population, projects the number of jobs in advanced nursing roles, including nurse practitioners, will increase by 31 percent by 2022.

Nurse practitioner and physician assistant are ranked among the top 10 best jobs in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report.

“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 from any other in the New York area,” said Dr. Gallo. “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.”

Dr. Gallo brings to the new school a blend of scholarly, clinical and management experience. At North Shore-LIJ, Dr. Gallo is responsible for leadership development throughout the health system. She has more than 25 years’ experience in emergency nursing, and she previously served as the health system’s director for emergency medicine and vice president for emergency medical services.

She also serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Futures Task Force, the American Nurses Foundation Board, and the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a distinguished scholar and fellow of the National Academies of Practice.

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