Chamberlain University and Bridge Senior Living Launch Clinical Partnership to Introduce Nursing Students to Gerontology Field
CHICAGO/ORLANDO – March 1, 2022 –Chamberlain University and Bridge Senior Living today announced a clinical partnership for nursing students to gain experience in senior care communities as the nation faces nursing shortages and increased elder and long term healthcare needs.
Bridge Senior Living is an industry leader in communities offering a full continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living and memory care across 16 states. The initiative will first be offered in Georgia and Louisiana and is designed to expand to as many as 14 other states.
Through the initiative, Chamberlain University pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Online program students will have the option to obtain clinical experience in Bridge Senior Living communities where they can gain insight into the specific needs of senior care while part of a supervised educational environment. The four Bridge Senior Living communities that started in January and will host nursing students in rotation include: Magnolia Brook on Siegen in Baton Rouge, La., as well as three Metro Atlanta communities: Somerby Sandy Springs, Somerby Peachtree City and The Landings at Norcross.
“This collaboration with Bridge Senior Living aligns with Chamberlain University’s commitment to address the nation’s critical healthcare needs through relevant clinical-workforce experiences and educational opportunities,” said Chamberlain President Karen Cox, Ph.D., RN, RACHE, FAAN. “As our nation’s population ages, it’s imperative for us to find ways to connect students with these specialties while also supporting advanced quality of patient care across the Bridge Senior Living communities to which they are assigned.”
As a result of the pandemic, there are widely reported nursing shortages across the U.S. according to statistics compiled by the Urban Institute, the number of Americans over the age of 65 will more than double in the next 40 years, and the number of adults 85 and older – the group most often needing help with basic personal care – will nearly quadruple by 2040. With larger numbers of older adults, there will be an increased need for geriatric care, including care for individuals with chronic diseases and comorbidities, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
“This partnership is a win-win for Chamberlain University student nurses and for Bridge Senior Living communities,” said Robert Goyette, COO of Bridge Senior Living. “In addition to providing hands-on experience to student nurses, the biggest win is the additional personal care our Bridge Senior Living residents will enjoy. The partnership will offer an instrumental introduction to senior living as a vital part of the healthcare arena, allowing nursing students endless educational opportunities while starting to change the dialogue for senior living operators.
“After we launch the initiative through four communities in two states, we are eager to expand the program to further benefit from Chamberlain University’s footprint of nursing programs, which geographically aligns with our 30 Bridge Senior Living communities spanning 16 states in the Eastern U.S.,” Goyette added.
The initiative also further advances the mission of Adtalem Global Education, the parent company of Chamberlain, as a provider of healthcare workforce talent. Chamberlain has a 130-year history of excellence in health care education, and also offers an Online MSN Program Specialty Track of Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner: Acute and Primary Care.
Providing nursing students with opportunities to develop an interest in specialty fields earlier in their educational journey is the focus of the university, which also includes a recently-launched perioperative specialty training program developed by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and available through Chamberlain.
About Bridge Senior Living
Bridge Senior Living is an Orlando-based collection of 30 senior communities spanning 16 states. The company is an industry leader in communities offering a full continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. For more information visit BridgeSeniorLiving.com.
About Chamberlain University
Chamberlain University is a part of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). Chamberlain University’s mission is to educate, empower and embolden diverse healthcare professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities and nations. Chamberlain is comprised of the College of Nursing, which offers a three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible post-licensure programs such as the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and graduate certificates, and the College of Health Professions, which offers Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work degree programs. Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For the most updated accreditation information, visit Chamberlain.edu/accreditation. To learn more, visit Chamberlain.edu.
About Adtalem Global Education
Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a leading workforce solutions provider, partners with organizations in the healthcare and financial services industries to solve critical workforce talent needs by expanding access to education, certifications and upskilling programs at scale. With a dedicated focus on driving strong outcomes that increase workforce preparedness, Adtalem empowers a diverse learner population to achieve their goals and make inspiring contributions to the global community. Adtalem is the parent organization of ACAMS, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, OnCourse Learning, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University. Adtalem and its institutions have more than 10,000 employees, and a network of more than 275,000 alumni and over 82,000 ACAMS members across 200 countries and territories. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 by Newsweek, and one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2021 by Forbes. Follow Adtalem on Twitter @adtalemglobal, LinkedIn or visit Adtalem.com for more information.
Nicholas Wolaver for Bridge Senior Living