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Letter to the Editor: Maria College Can Help Address Nursing Needs (3/10)

The Times Union article, “From hospital to home, health care sector grows,” published on February 17, 2019 highlighted the changing nature of employment in the health professions. Healthcare education is also going through a period of profound change and expansion to keep pace.

As jobs become more diverse and more specialized, and as roles are redefined to meet emerging challenges, more emphasis than ever is being placed on fields like nursing, whether as practical nurses, registered nurses, baccalaureate nurses, or beyond. In addition, there is a growing need for culturally sensitive care management professionals, knowledgeable about health disparities as well as professionals focused on emerging technology and healthcare management.

Maria College has been meeting the region’s need for well-educated, skillful and compassionate healthcare professionals for 60 years. We are now in the midst of a historic expansion to help meet the challenges of the future, investing millions in high-tech clinical simulation and nursing skills laboratories. Since Maria serves non-traditional students (our average student age is 29), this period of change offers enormous opportunities for people who are looking to enhance their careers or go back to school.

We are proud of our students for the hard work they put into their education. I am equally proud of the investment and commitment of Maria College and its board of trustees to continue to meet the need for highly skilled, well-trained and compassionate healthcare professionals dedicated to service in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.

Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D.
President, Maria College

Gamble, T. (2019, March 8). Maria College can help address nursing needs. Times Union. Retrieved from