Brockton Hospital School of Nursing (BHSN), a private institution of nursing education, is an integral part of Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. Originally established in 1897, BHSN has long had a prestigious reputation in nursing education. Considered a venerated asset to both the Hospital and the community, BHSN has a history of attracting high caliber students. The School has been in the forefront of nursing education for over a century and has graduated over 2,500 nurses, mainly from southeastern Massachusetts. It is the only hospital-based nursing school of its kind in Massachusetts.
BHSN was originally two years in length and expanded in 1911 to three years to comply with state regulations. During the Depression, many small schools throughout the nation closed. BHSN was no exception. BHSN closed its doors in 1935 only to reopen eight years later due to the nursing shortage created by WWII. In 1988, BHSN implemented a weekend/evening nursing division designed specifically for the working adult. It is identical to the two-year day division, with the exception of taking four years to complete.
In 1990 BHSN affiliated with Fisher College to conduct a cooperative two-year day and four year weekend/evening nursing program. The program awards students a diploma in nursing from BHSN. In addition, for eligible students, an Associate in Science degree from Fisher College is awarded.
A new Computer Lab was completed in 2009 with sixteen computers. The front parlor, formerly known as the “Blue Room” was completely restored to its original architecture with the assistance of the Alumni Association. The space was renamed the Mary Cruise Kennedy Room to honor our oldest living graduate. In 2010, the Nursing Simulation Lab was moved to the first floor and the renovated space accommodates our simulated mannequins.