An agreement to offer nurses Baccalaureate and Master’s Degrees to help meet the state’s new educational standards was announced Thursday by SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Rome Memorial Hospital.
The agreement will provide nurses with convenient access to SUNY Poly’s baccalaureate and master’s-level nursing programs to meet the increased standards while providing a deferred tuition option for nurses who meet certain requirements, the announcement said.
A memorandum of understanding designates Rome Memorial Hospital as SUNY Poly’s nursing practicum site, offering current registered nurses the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree online at their convenience.
With the hospital in close proximity to SUNY Poly, students have resources close at hand and can easily arrange to meet with faculty, officials said
in the announcement.
Also, the Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner will be a hybrid program and the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing Education, plus recently announced MS in Transformational Leadership in Nursing program, will be offered online, the announcement added.
Students who meet grade requirements can take advantage of the deferred tuition aspect in which Rome Memorial Hospital will pay their tuition, the announcement said.
Those who do not meet grade requirements would still benefit by paying tuition at the end instead of the beginning of the semester.
Kathleen Rourke, SUNY Poly’s interim Dean of the College of Health and Sciences, said “nurses are dedicated to working around the clock to provide quality patient care, so through this partnership, we have found ways to make it easier and more convenient to help their staff reach their professional goals and meet new, more stringent nursing requirements.”
Rome Memorial Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Durinda Durr, MS, RN, Vice President of Clinical Services, said “research shows that hospitals with a higher proportion of BS (Bachelor of Science) educated nurses have the best patient outcomes.”
These highly trained nurses are “academically prepared to manage multidisciplinary teams, collaborate and supervise those in new caregiver roles, and care for patients in all settings at the top of their scope of practice,” the hospital’s chief nursing officer added.