If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that health care workers are invaluable. And demand for nurses nationally is increasing. Since 2012, nearly 60,000 RNs have retired annually, and by 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65, compounding the demands place on our health care system.
At UB, we’re preparing health care professionals to go out and serve the world with a renewed focus, and it is paying off. Enrollment in the School of Nursing’s top 10-ranked online nursing bachelor’s program has tripled, enhancing our rapidly growing health care and research centers, and improving not only research that becomes treatment, but also how people receive it.
Our students are scoring well above average on licensure and certification exams, with an impressive 98% pass rate for prelicensure graduates; 94% for our doctor of nursing practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia graduates and, once again, our family nurse practitioner program graduates posted a 100% pass rate. These exceptional results are a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff, and to our students’ passion for education and the profession. UB is committed to providing our nation with nurses who are prepared to meet the complex demands of our current health care landscape.
Working to address health disparities is also a priority in the School of Nursing. Through CHERI, the Community Health Equity Research Institute, we are working to eliminate race and economic-based health inequities in Western New York. This is just the start of how we are expanding our efforts to address the need for nurses here and around the globe.
Steps are also being taken within the nursing school to address inequity, through mentorship and curriculum revision to better represent and serve people of color. This is an ongoing commitment to self-reflection, education and real change through action.
At UB, we’re doing all we can to address the shortage of health care professionals. It’s more than a mission, it’s a responsibility, one we take to heart, not only showing bright minds what it means to heal, but showing the world what it means to care.
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At the University at Buffalo, we’re helping people live healthier lives. We have been for 175 years. And with your support we’re preparing health care professionals to go out and serve the world with a renewed focus in nearly every discipline. Explore some of the other ways people have invested in a bright future through UB.
After losing two sisters in childhood to a rare metabolic disease called homocystinuria, Margie McGlynn decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and enter the pharmacy profession. She earned her pharmacy degrees and MBA from UB, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for decades, helping identify unmet needs, bringing new products to market and maximizing patient access.
In 2016, she established a nonprofit organization called HCU Network America to help patients with the condition and related disorders manage their disease, with the goal of one day finding a cure. Now McGlynn has endowed a professorship in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to find holistic solutions to keep pushing towards that goal.
Bullying can transform even the best school into a forbidding environment for children who endure classmates’ taunting. The pain can last a lifetime, with hopelessness and powerlessness giving way to depression. Psychologist Jean M. Alberti, PhD ’70, EdM ’62, wants to break the cycle.
That’s why she gave the single largest gift ever made to the Graduate School of Education to establish the Jean M. Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at UB.
Forty years ago, Carol Brewer went on a trip abroad with her husband. Having the opportunity to experience life in an underdeveloped country opened her eyes to a global world view and had a profound influence on what she chose to do in her career—so she created the Carol S. Brewer Global Health Fund to provide similar opportunities for today’s nursing students.
In order for us to get to the next step—the next version of Western New York—we need to develop our next generation of leaders. That’s why Daniel Alexander, MD ‘99, BA ‘95, and Gail Alexander, BS ‘87, decided to give $1 million to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical sciences. Now, they’re helping underserved and underprivileged students achieve their educational dreams.