An agreement signed Wednesday will make it easier for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center nurses to comply with a state law that takes effect in June 2020 requiring all new registered nurses to have bachelor's degrees within 10 years of obtaining a license.
Memorial will allow Niagara University to offer nursing courses at the hospital, starting this fall.
Seventy percent of American nurses come from two-year associate degree programs, said Frances Crosby, director of the NU Nursing School. Those who are already are nurses do not have to meet the new requirement.
Some Memorial nurses will serve as adjunct instructors, said JoAnn Pellegrino, the medical center's chief nursing officer.
A union training fund will offer up to $3,000 a year in tuition assistance, said Tammie Hobler, field coordinator for Local 1199, Service Employees International Union, which represents Memorial nurses.