School of Nursing

Geary Cooperative



Geary Co-operative Program

In collaboration with USM School of Nursing 

The Geary program for baccalaureate nursing students is a unique and valuable program named for its founder, Dr. Patricia Geary, a former Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Geary was a strong advocate for students. She had a special commitment to students with diverse learning needs. She recognized students could gain extremely valuable experiences when precepted by excellent practicing professional nurses and sought to create a model to support such additional learning experiences.  Dean Geary pursued this goal by negotiating with nursing colleagues at Maine Medical Center and together developed the summer co-operative experience. This educational opportunity combines a two-credit USM elective course (NUR 386) with a paid summer clinical preceptorship with an RN at Maine Medical Center.

What is the difference between the Geary Co-Op and a Nurse Associate?

Both are participants of the Student Nurse Employment Program (SNEP), MMC’s summer internship.  By the Maine State Board of Nursing regulations, the Geary students are allowed to administer medications, participate in IV medications, and perform nursing procedures with the direct supervision of the preceptor because this is an academically supervised clinical experience.  Nurse Associates are authorized to provide only selected patient care activities and are not authorized to perform professional nursing duties. USM students in the Geary Co-op apply through the School of Nursing and are selected by a faculty advisory panel.  Selected students meet with an MMC Director to assure that the student and unit are a good match.  USM students must also enroll in the course NUR 386, a 2 credit elective.

The application process for the Geary Co-op for summer 2016 will be updated in the coming months