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Nurses For Our Future Scholarship will fund education of 1,000 new nurses
Gov. Kathy Hochul, at a breakfast hosted by the Association for a Better New York, announced a State University of New York and City University of New York program called the Nurses For Our Future Scholarship that will cover tuition for 1,000 new health care workers to get RNs at SUNY and CUNY. The program comes in an effort to help address the shortage in health care and lack of workers in hospitals around the state.
"Just a year ago, we were celebrating our health care workers as the heroes they are, and the pandemic has shown us that we cannot afford a labor shortage in the health care industry," Hochul said. "I'm proud to announce our new Nurses For Our Future Scholarship as an important step to train more nurses and bring them into our health care system. SUNY and CUNY scholarships move us toward a more prosperous and equal New York, by working to make sure every New Yorker has access to training programs, one-, two- and four-year degrees, community college; SUNY and CUNY should be the pathway to the middle class."
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals have been facing a labor shortage and a massive influx of patients. This scholarship program is designed to recruit and retrain nursing and health care professionals to serve in NYSRNs, which are most in need. There are currently more than 9,300 openings for registered nurses in New York. The Nurses For Our Future Scholarship will mean 1,000 more students can enter a nursing program in either SUNY or CUNY. Students will be able to complete their programs with a flexible schedule, either part-time or full-time.
This effort will incentivize New York residents active in the health care field to upskill their career path and advance their education through the SUNY or CUNY system.
In addition, the New York State Department of Labor will help market these new opportunities to existing and unemployed workers, including opportunities available through regional SUNY Educational Opportunity Centers for entry-level nurse certifications in high demand including certified nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse and nursing home aide.
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SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said, "With more than 70 nursing programs spanning every degree from LPN to BSN and that are found in every corner of New York state as well as online, SUNY stands ready to meet the growing demand for nurses who are the heartbeat of healthcare. We thank Gov. Hochul for her leadership by offering this scholarship incentive to those aspiring to join this noble calling, and for including the option to attend college part time or full time, giving our students the flexibility to manage their education and life responsibilities. SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of higher education, is ready to meet the challenge."
New York State Nurses Association Executive Director Pat Kane, RN, said, "Nobody has put more on the line than those of us on the front line during this pandemic, and Gov. Hochul's visionary investment in helping us rebuild our nursing ranks is exactly the kind of support we need to keep delivering the care New Yorkers rely on. Because the best care is also culturally responsive care, these 1,000 scholarships present an enormous opportunity for us to continue to recruit from all communities around the state, and by seeding them at SUNY and CUNY, they also strengthen our public higher education institutions, making it clear that Gov. Hochul is prioritizing our health care workers and our young people – exactly the type of priorities we need to bring New York back."
Healthcare Association of New York State President Bea Grause, R.N., J.D., said, "It is critically important that we bolster our health care workforce pipeline as quickly as possible. I thank Gov. Hochul for taking this much[needed action to remove financial barriers that could prevent potential nurses of the future from getting the education and training they desire. Today's action is a step toward making sure we have the caregivers New York's communities will greatly need in the years to come."