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Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing to Close in May 2016

August 8, 2014 -- Temple University Hospital officials announced today that Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing (NEHSON) will close in May of 2016, following the graduation of the current class of students.

The decision to begin the two-year wind-down of NEHSON’s operations reflects the shift toward a baccalaureate-level degree as the expected entry-level credential for nursing graduates, as well as the significant decline in the number of applicants to the school over the past few years. 

Since 1923, the Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing has offered a two-year nursing-education program that awards graduates a Diploma in Nursing degree.  Today, most employers require a four-year baccalaureate degree, or BSN, from a college or university as the entry-level job requirement for newly-hired nurses.   As such, the pursuit of a hospital-based Diploma in Nursing degree is no longer a marketable approach to securing a position as a Registered Nurse (RN) in an acute-care setting.

(With the transformation of Northeastern Hospital into an ambulatory-care facility in 2007, licensure responsibility for the school of nursing was transferred at that time to Temple University Hospital.  The name of the school remained unchanged.)

The full educational commitment to students who are currently enrolled will be honored; and no new applications will be accepted for future classes.  During and after the two-year closure process, efforts will be made to work with displaced faculty and staff to give them priority consideration for alternative positions throughout Temple University Health System.  

As all hospitals and health systems continue to adapt to changing marketplace realities, some difficult -- albeit necessary – decisions must be made.   Progressive organizations like Temple University Hospital and its Episcopal and Northeastern Campuses appreciate the value of change … and will continue to meet it head-on -- proactively, with flexibility and innovation.

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