Amid state review, BCC announces interim nursing chief

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PITTSFIELD — A longtime nursing professor at Berkshire Community College has taken the helm of the college's nursing program during a crucial time for the program.

Christine Martin, who has taught at BCC since 1993, took control of the program last week on an interim basis.

The college has been working since spring to correct violations cited by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, which is scheduled to conduct another site visit this month. The previous director, Tochi Ubani, resigned last month. Neither he nor the college has explained why he decided to leave.

The college met a state deadline of Sept. 30 to file corrective documents with the state board after it identified what the college described as "housekeeping" issues.

The review lands amid high demand for nurses in Berkshire County and beyond. Graduates of the college's two-year nursing program receive associate degrees in nursing, and become registered nurses upon passing their NCLEX exam.

Martin was an adjunct professor before her promotion, according to a release from the college, and worked as a staff nurse in Berkshire Medical Center's emergency department for nearly two decades. She had been a tenured professor before retiring in 2012.

Martin, who lives in Pittsfield, according to the release, earned a master's degree in nursing at the University of Massachusetts.

Amanda Drane can be contacted adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.

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