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The University Toledo College of Nursing and ProMedica expand partnership

The University of Toledo College of Nursing and ProMedica today announced an expanded partnership to bolster nursing education and address current and future health-care industry challenges.

The planned partnership between the UT College of Nursing and ProMedica will focus on enhancing undergraduate and graduate nursing education and high-quality care while developing a clinical nursing workforce to help meet current and future health-care needs in ProMedica’s local, regional and national service areas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States is expecting 1.2 million job position vacancies for registered nurses by 2020.

The UT College of Nursing provides nursing education programs responsive to the changing needs of students and the health-care environment. UT’s nationally ranked master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice Program include a range of specialties, including adult gerontology primary care, pediatrics and psychiatric mental health. UT’s Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice Program was the first such program in the state to take nurses to the highest level of clinical practice and position them as leaders in the health-care field.

Through this partnership, ProMedica and UT will collaborate to develop innovative educational programs, diverse clinical experiences for students, interprofessional research collaborations and high-quality professional development programs to improve health care in our community.

Additionally, the partnership will work to advance the nursing profession and health care by supporting the development of local, state and national policies.

“Our expanded partnership with The University of Toledo College of Nursing is a natural extension of the academic affiliation between ProMedica and The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and it reflects our shared commitment to developing northwest Ohio into a premier hub of medical education and clinical care,” said Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica. “This is an especially exciting time to take this partnership to the next level given our recent addition of HCR ManorCare, and the increased opportunities to educate and better prepare nurses to meet the needs of the growing senior population.”

“Strengthening the University’s partnership with ProMedica provides exciting opportunities to expand clinical training opportunities for our nursing students and to increase academic-clinical collaboration to advance nursing education, research and practice,” said Dr. Sharon L. Gaber, president of The University of Toledo. “We are proud to build on our existing Academic Affiliation to continue to advance our region as an innovative leader in education and health-care delivery. As part of this new partnership with the College of Nursing, research will be enhanced and the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, through the Academic Affiliation, is committing $1 million to collaborative research between the colleges.”