Working towards optimal health for all older adults

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
Solomont School of Nursing
113 Wilder Street, Suite 200
Lowell, MA 01854
Total College/School of Nursing Enrollment: 550 nursing students in the BS, RN to BS, Master’s and Doctorate of Nursing Practice and PhD in Nursing programs


Elder Affairs Champion Urges Students to Get Involved in Health Policy

Nurses, physical therapists, dietitians and other health care professionals typically go into their fields to treat patients, not get embroiled in public policy debates. 

But Alice Bonner ‘89, who spoke on campus to students, staff, faculty and community agency representatives at the recent third annual Healthy Aging-Living Well Forum, urged students to do both. 

“We really need clinicians in government,” she said. “Remember to lend your clinical expertise and experience to influence health care policy. In Washington, many times I was the only nurse in the room making health policy decisions that would influence millions of peoples’ lives.” 

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4th Annual Healthy Aging - Live Well Forum

What you Need to Know about the New Massachusetts Law the CARE Act and the Latest Research on Aging Hosted By the Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships

The Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships (CGRP) invites you to attend the 4th Annual Healthy Aging - Living Well Forum on Friday, April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Saab Emerging Technologies & Innovation Center. 

Featured Keynote Speaker Michael E. Festa, Esq., director of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Massachusetts, will discuss “The CARE Act: It’s the Law.” Adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November 2017, the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act supports family caregivers and their loved ones being treated in hospitals as they transition to home. 

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University Announces Donna Manning Endowed Chair for Nursing

LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell today celebrated the naming of its School of Nursing and the first-ever endowed professorship in the nearly 50-year history of the program. 

The university dedicated the Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing and announced the Donna Manning Endowed Chair for Nursing at a ceremony with more than 100 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends held at UMass Lowell’s Health and Social Sciences Building. One of 13 new buildings opened by UMass Lowell since 2009, its nursing facilities include state-of-the-art simulation laboratories and a demonstration hospital wing. 

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Nursing Students Break Down Language Barriers in Spain

As the Hispanic population in the United States continues to grow, so too does the need for medical professionals who can communicate with their patients in Spanish. 

To prepare for this growing need, 13 students from the Solomont School of Nursing traveled to Cádiz, Spain, this summer with Asst. Prof. Valerie King for an intensive two-week language course, “Medical Spanish for Nurses.”

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Mass. Nursing Faculty Invest in Preparing Students for Careers in Gerontological Nursing

Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation, in collaboration with the UMass Lowell School of Nursing, recently hosted its 6th annual Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing (FIGN) for nursing faculty across the Commonwealth, furthering its mission to equip nursing faculty with knowledge and resources to educate nurses who are better prepared to provide quality care for older adults and people with disabilities.

FIGN participants typically have had minimal professional experience or education in long-term care, and return from their half day FIGN visit at a Massachusetts nursing facility with greater appreciation and respect for the complexity of the setting and high quality of care provided.

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Manning Establishes Endowed Chair

Just as she was about to begin her final year of nursing school, Donna Manning decided to drop out. 

Without money to pay for tuition, she figured it was her only choice. 

“I was commuting from my home in Methuen to college in Lowell and to work in a hospital in Boston. When my car broke down, I didn’t have any money coming in or any way to get to my classes,” Manning recalls. “I decided to drop out of school and come back in a year.” 

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What if You Live to 100

The next time your birthday rolls around, pause a second before you blow out the candles and consider this: The odds have never been better that you will live to be 100. 

Since 2000, the number of Americans who hit the century mark has grown by 44 percent. Nonagenarians and centenarians are no longer the outliers. By some estimates, more than half of all babies born in industrialized nations since the year 2000 can be expected to live into the triple digits.

Advances in health care, nutrition and technology are contributors to longer living. But does living longer mean living better? Beyond quantity, this new longevity raises a host of questions about the quality of life: How healthy and independent can we expect to be in our ninth, 10th or 11th decades? Will living more than 100 years force to us to redefine the meaning of “a life well-lived”?

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NCLEX Pass Rate 

The first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate for our 2017 graduates is 91%.

Solomont School of Nursing Receives National Recognition 

In October 2017, the Solomont School of Nursing received national recognition. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) bestowed the 2017 “New Era in Academic Nursing Award” based on the partnership with North East Region VA Nursing Alliance (NERVANA), Boston VA Healthcare system and six Nursing Programs (Boston College, Northeastern, Regis, Simmons, UMass Boston, and UMass Lowell). The award was presented at the Fall meeting of Deans, Directors and Chairs of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing Programs in Washington, DC..