Center for Nursing Innovation

Saint Joseph’s College has received a $1.5 million challenge grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation to support the creation of a new Center for Nursing Innovation on the Standish campus.

The Saint Joseph’s College Center for Nursing Innovation will encompass on-campus and online nursing education offering:

  • Top-notch science and SIM technology
  • An increase to Maine’s nursing workforce and credentialed faculty through scholarships 
  • Nursing educational advancement through new or enhanced health care partnerships

The Alfond Foundation challenge grant provides the keystone element of SJC’s planned Center—21st century nursing facilities for SIM and the nursing sciences.

Kim Clements demonstrating technique in lab

Nursing Crisis and Challenges Nationally and in Maine

The national nursing crisis has been widely analyzed and published. Critical needs are:

  • Lack of adequate numbers of nurses—including new BSN graduates
  • Lack of adequate numbers of nurse PhD’s for faculty positions
  • Lack of flexible, site-specific educational programs for nurses 


How Saint Joseph's College will Address the Nursing Crisis

  • The new Center for Nursing Innovation will include five SIM Laboratories (hospital and home care).
  • An entire floor dedicated to students’ needs—includes advising offices for student and faculty meetings, a conference room, and a student collaborative learning space.
  • Renovating, enhancing, and developing new Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology labs used by nursing majors.
  • Establishment of a restricted scholarship fund to benefit nursing students at the College.
  • Respond to the nation’s healthcare industry’s need for educational programs for nurses.


Amanda with fellow nurse

Please join us in fulfilling this important mission to serve Maine and our nation and address this critical nursing shortage.

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In the News

Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold announces a $2 million gift to the College’s Center for Nursing Innovation

Health Care writer and alumna, Diane Atwood, writes article on Why Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold donated $2 million dollars to her alma mater — Saint Joseph’s College.