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Hastings College launching program with Bryan Health Sciences

Bryan College nursing students will be able to take classes at Hastings College next fall.
Bryan College nursing students will be able to take classes at Hastings College next fall.(KOLNKGIN)
Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 3:04 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A new partnership means that students with Bryan College of Health Sciences will be able to take classes at Hastings College. Hastings College announced Thursday that the two schools and Mary Lanning Healthcare have finalized an agreement which starts next fall for nursing students.

“Bryan already has a footprint in Central City, Grand Island, and even in Mary Lanning. Bryan Heart is out there,” Bryan College Provost Kelsi Anderson said. “So this will be a way to educate nurses out there and contribute directly to the workforce as the need is great out there just as it is here.”

When applying to Bryan College, students will label their preference for either Hastings or Lincoln. They will be required to live on the Hastings College campus for the first three years. The hope is to have more students educated locally who will want to work in the clinics in the area.

“We have not had as many of the younger generation going into this simply because there are so many options right now,” said Theresa Delahoyde, Dean of the Undergraduate Nursing program. “What we really want to do is ensure there is the opportunity for individuals in that area who want to stay in that area and who would like to be part of that community.”

During the first year, Bryan students will take Hastings College classes and live on campus. In the second year, the students will take nursing classes at Mary Lanning and take rotations there and at nearby health care facilities.

“This is an innovative way to offer opportunities to more students who have a desire to build a career in nursing and the health sciences while also helping further develop a workforce to serve south central Nebraska,” said Dr. Rich Lloyd in a prepared statement. “We are excited about the potential, and are looking forward to recruiting our first class of students.”

Bryan representatives said each Hastings cohort will e about 30 students. They are confident there are enough openings at Mary Lanning and the surrounding clinics that they all will have job opportunities after graduation.

This comes after Hastings College and Bryan Health announced that Lloyd would serve as executive president of Hastings College. Lloyd assumed the role while continuing to serve as president of Bryan College of Health Sciences.

The two schools announced the plan and began a feasibility study last August. According to a Hastings College press release, the two schools and the hospital signed a memorandum of understanding to formally begin the project.

The collaboration might also provide added value to some degrees, while also helping fill shortages in the healthcare workforce.

Hastings College also offers a nursing program in collaboration with Creighton University and CHI St. Francis in Grand Island.

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