“Good night Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing” is the introduction to Natalie O’Neil’s article in the Brooklyn Paper, July 24, 2011. The Long Island College Hospital abruptly closed the School of Nursing. Students preparing to enter the program received notice three weeks prior to the start of their school year.
The hospital, located at Hicks and Pacific Avenue in Brooklyn, New York opened in 1853. In the 1860s, the hospital became one of the first to use anesthesia and stethoscopes. The Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing was established in 1883 and was considered one of the oldest, most respected training programs for education of nurses. The merger with SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn is not authorized to offer Associate Degrees in nursing; consequently, the education of student nurses ended at this institution.
The Hospital closing was fought in the court system and sadly the Hospital has closed..