UNE decided to expand its nursing program into the new school as a means to address Maine’s statewide shortage of nurses. The school will become the new home for the existing undergraduate nursing and public health programs and also plans to soon introduce public health nursing and nursing education programs. Since its founding in 1969, UNE’s nursing program has graduated over 2,200 nurses, in addition to achieving regional and national recognition for its outstanding quality.
School of Nursing and Population Health Director Jen Morton shared, “The state faces a serious shortage of nurses, and UNE is committed to not only increasing the nursing workforce but also providing needed education and training for practicing nurses so that they can be prepared to treat Maine’s most vulnerable people.”
The Council congratulates UNE on this important and exciting expansion.