The Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital has partnered with Le Moyne College to create an accelerated nursing program called “Degree in 3,” which also earns the student a Bachelor’s degree.
The program is aimed at meeting a variety of needs, first and foremost a shortage here and around the country of nurses.
Secondly, it addresses a new State law that says in order to maintain licensure as a registered professional nurse in New York State, registered nurses (RNs) must have attained a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure.
The law went into effect immediately on Dec. 19, 2017. However, the requirement to obtain a baccalaureate in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure will take effect 18 months after the act became law.
RNs licensed on or before the effective date of this act (December 19, 2017) are exempt from the new requirement.
All students who were enrolled or pending acceptance into an associate or diploma program preparing registered nurses on the effective date of this act (December 19, 2017) are exempt from the new requirement.
Rhonda Reader, Dean of Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital, says, “The more education our nurses have the better our patient outcomes will be, so its the best thing for the program and the community.”
Margaret “Meega” Wells is the Interim Dean of the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College.
She says, “With younger students, it’s keep the momentum going, do it right from the beginning. It’s going to get the student through the program more quickly but it’s not going to compromise the quality the student is going to receive. It’s a win/win for both Crouse and us and for the student.”
So by going to school year-round for three years, you can earn both a Bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College and a Nursing Degree from Crouse Hospital.
“We know today’s student definitely wants to finish sooner. They’re motivated not only to get out into the workforce but to continue their education. They want that next degree, they want more doors to open in terms of the career options,” Reader tells NewsChannel 9.
Le Moyne and Crouse will be out recruiting the next several months looking to find high school seniors to be part of the first class of Degree in 3 when it starts in the Fall of 2019.