St. Joseph School of Nursing to close
By News Staff
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A North Providence nursing school is set to close this year.
St. Joseph School of Nursing will be closed after over 117 years, citing changes in enrollment and tuition, as well as the challenges that market trends and nursing education programs serve to diploma schools.
“The St. Joseph School of Nursing is proud of the thousands of alumni who have made and continue to make lasting contributions to the nursing profession, in Rhode Island and beyond”, the school said in a statement.
The United Nurses and Allied Professionals said in a statement Friday that they are opposing the plan to shut down the school.
“St. Joseph’s is part of the fabric of our state’s nursing community. For more than 100 years, this quality institution has produced talented and dedicated RNs who are taught to deliver care with compassion. The instruction and attention provided at St. Joseph’s is unique within higher education, and we intend to fight to keep it open,” said Lynn Blais, RN, St. Joseph’s Class of 1984, and president of UNAP Local 5110, representing the St. Joseph’s educators and staff.
School officials said a deal was reached with New England Institute of Technology to allow all current nursing students to enter into NEIT’s associate degree program.
Individualized guidance and assistance will be offered to all students to facilitate a smooth transition.
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