Trocaire Announces New Partnership with Catholic Health

“RN to BS, Nursing” program will support recruitment and retention of critical care nurses

Trocaire College has teamed up with Catholic Health to offer an all-expense paid “RN to BS, Nursing” program for registered nurses at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. The program is designed for associate degree nurses who wish to pursue or advance their careers in critical care nursing.

“Critical care nurses who work in Intensive Care, Cardiac Care and other specialized healthcare settings are in great demand,” said Michael Moley, senior vice president and chief human resource officer for Catholic Health. “An aging population and rise in chronic disease, coupled with an aging work-force and limited capacity in area nursing schools, are making it more difficult to recruit and retain nurses to staff these specialized units.”

Catholic Health will cover the cost of tuition and books for nurses enrolled in the Trocaire program in exchange for their commitment to work at Mercy Hospital for a minimum of three years after they receive their bachelor’s degrees. The online and in-person formats offered by Trocaire will give nurses the flexibility to earn their bachelor’s degree in one to two years as a full-time or part-time student.

In addition to the RN to BS, Nursing program, the partnership with Trocaire College will also include other continuing education programs to help technical associates earn professional certifications and/or maintain their clinical competencies. Trocaire’s Workforce Development resources offer a wide array of training and educational opportunities for individuals furthering their current careers, or working to meet licensure/certification requirements. Offerings include phlebotomy, surgical technology continuing education, CPR/BLS for healthcare providers, as well as personal development programs.

“Our broad range of clinical education programs and our close proximity to Mercy Hospital are a perfect match to help Catholic Health expand professional development opportunities for the hospital’s workforce,” said Richard T. Linn, Ph.D., senior vice president at Trocaire College. “In addition, we share a special bond that traces its roots to the Sisters of Mercy, who founded both the hospital and the college. This collaborative effort will add a new dimension to our shared history as well as help advance the careers of healthcare professionals in our community.”

The Trocaire program kicked off in January with six nurses from Mercy Hospital taking advantage of this unique educational opportunity.

“Nursing is a dynamic field, with more healthcare employers requiring bachelor’s degrees, especially in critical care settings,” Moley continued. “Through this partnership with Trocaire, we will be able to ‘grow our own’ critical care nurses, while helping associates at Mercy Hospital advance their careers.”