Staten Island, New York – In an effort to address the health care worker shortage, Governor Kathy Hochhol announced a scholarship program in New York that will cover tuition fees for 1,000 new health care workers earning registered nurse (RN) degrees at State University of New York and University of New York. New York.
There are currently more than 9,300 jobs for registered nurses in New York state, according to the governor’s office. Since the beginning of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, hospitals have faced a shortage of manpower and a massive influx of patients.
“No one has put more of those of us on the front line during this pandemic, and Governor Hochhol’s investment in helping us rebuild our nursing ranks is exactly the kind of support we need to continue delivering the care that New Yorkers depend on,” said Pat Kane, a Staten Island resident. He is the executive director of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA).
“Because best care is also culturally responsive, these 1000 scholarships represent a huge opportunity for us to pursue employment from all communities across the state, and by being deployed to SUNY and NYU, they also strengthen public higher education institutions We have, making it clear that Governor Hochhol is prioritizing our health care workers and our youth — exactly the kind of priorities we need to get New York back together.”
The Nurses for Our Future Scholarship program — announced by Hochhol at a breakfast hosted by the Association for a Better New York — is designed to recruit and retrain nursing and health care professionals to serve as nurses in the state, the health care professionals most in need.
“Just a year ago, we were celebrating our health care workers as heroes, and the pandemic has shown us that we cannot afford a labor shortage in the health care industry,” Hochul said.
“I am proud to announce the new Nurses of the Future Scholarship as an important step to train more nurses and bring them into our healthcare system. The SUNY and SUNY Scholarships propell us toward a more prosperous and equal New York, by working to ensure that every New Yorker has access to to internships, one-year, two-year, and four-year certificates, a community college; SUNY and NYU should be the way to the middle class.”
In addition, the state Department of Labor will help market these new opportunities to existing and unemployed workers.
“With more than 70 nursing programs covering every degree 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 healthcare,” SUNY said. Counsellor Jim Malatras. “We thank Governor Hochul for her leadership in offering the Scholarship Incentive to those looking to join this noble calling, and for including the option of attending college part-time or full-time, giving our students the flexibility to manage their educational and life responsibilities. State University of New York, the largest comprehensive system of higher education ready to take on the challenge.”
City University of New York chancellor, Felix F. Matos Rodriguez: “The pandemic has focused heavily on the need to increase curative capacity across our healthcare system, and expanding the pipeline for skilled diversified registered nurses is a key element of this proposal. This scholarship program in time will allow more New Yorkers to enroll in programs CUNY is committed to training the next generation of nursing professionals, and we thank Governor Hochhol for her continued support.”
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