Governor Hochul announces SUNY and CUNY scholarship program to cover tuition fees for 1,000 new registered nurses

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SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said, “With over 70 nursing programs spanning all degrees from LPN to BSN and located in every corner of New York State as well as online, SUNY is ready to meet the growing demand for nurses who are the heart of health care.We thank Governor Hochul for her leadership in offering this scholarship to those aspiring to join this noble calling, and for including the opportunity to attend university part-time or full-time, giving our students the opportunity to manage their studies and responsibilities in life, a comprehensive higher education system, is up to the challenge.

The Chancellor of CUNY, Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, declared, “The pandemic has placed a strong emphasis on the need to increase treatment capacity across our healthcare system, and expanding the pool of diverse and skilled registered nurses is a key component of this proposal. . This timely scholarship program will allow more New Yorkers to enroll in CUNY’s quality nursing programs and build rewarding, well-paying careers in a field where they are badly needed. CUNY is committed to training the next generation of nursing professionals, and we thank Governor Hochul for his continued support. “

New York State Nurses Association Executive Director Pat Kane said, “No one has put more at stake than those of us on the front lines during this pandemic, and Governor Hochul’s visionary investment in helping us rebuild our nursing ranks is exactly the kind of support we have. need to continue providing the care New Yorkers rely on Because the best care is also culturally appropriate care, these 1,000 scholarships represent a huge opportunity for us to continue recruiting in communities across the state , and by sowing them in SUNY and CUNY, they also strengthen our public higher education institutions, making it clear that Governor Hochul is putting our healthcare workers and young people first – exactly the kind of priorities we need to bring back New York. ”

Assembly member Richard Gottfried said, “Adequate staff is essential for access and quality of health care. The COVID pandemic has highlighted existing worker shortages, and demand will only increase as our population ages. I congratulate Governor Hochul on this important initiative and look forward to further training programs for the healthcare workers we need. ”

New York State Healthcare Association President Bea Grause, RN, JD said“It is extremely important that we strengthen our workforce in the health sector as quickly as possible. I thank Governor Hochul for taking this vital step to removing financial barriers that could prevent future nurses from getting the education and training they want. action is one step in ensuring we have the caregivers that New York City communities will badly need in the years to come. “

The president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, Kenneth E. Raske, said“Governor Hochul is a strong advocate for the healthcare workforce who understands that the staffing challenges of the hospital community require bold action. This much-needed scholarship program to cover the tuition costs of 1,000 new RNs will help alleviate nursing shortages and ensure a reliable pipeline of well-trained nurses. We are grateful for Governor Hochul’s leadership and vision on this important issue.

This announcement follows the recent opening of Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Binghamton University, affirming Governor Hochul’s commitment to expanding New York State health education and nursing . SUNY New York Colleges and Universities offers over 70 fully accredited undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, offering 17 different nursing degrees, from home help to doctoral and advanced certificates. SUNY students are ready to enter the healthcare field after rigorous online or in-class instruction, combined with required hands-on experience in the real world. CUNY annually graduates 1,800 students from more than 50 advanced certificate and diploma programs in nursing, including the LPN, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral (DNP and Ph.D.) programs in 14 CUNY institutions, including senior level nursing programs and community colleges. CUNY Nursing Programs are united in their commitment to expand opportunities and advancements in healthcare, and to educate the next generation of nursing professionals to provide high quality and equitable healthcare, especially for the most vulnerable and underserved populations.

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