The School of Nursing and Alfred State College received funding to increase enrollment and respond to emerging trends in nursing education, eventually increasing medical services in underserved populations.
The $250,000 grant from SUNY High Needs Nursing supports efforts such as a program liaison to coordinate cross-campus activities, workshops and training events, and telehealth-related equipment and enhancements, according to UB Nursing Administrators.
“The High Needs Program grant between Alfred State College and the University of Buffalo School of Nursing will be the first collaboration between these two SUNY nursing campuses,” said Pamela Paplham, clinical professor and assistant dean of MS /DNP from the School of Nursing. programs.
“Through the efforts of both schools, we hope to increase not only RNs and NPs in the workforce, but also nursing faculty hires with the goal of achieving larger enrollments.”
Paplham and Yu-Ping Chang, senior associate dean of the School of Nursing, are co-leads of the SUNY grant for UB. Paplham will oversee the clinical and training component of the grant, while Chang will lead the evaluation and monitoring component of the project.
The joint program between Alfred State and UB will allow enrollment to grow in both the dual-degree AAS/BS program at Alfred State and the adult primary care/gerontology nurse practitioner program at UB, administrators say. from UB.
“There is a shortage of registered nurses across the country and in New York State, but this shortage is especially severe in rural areas of western New York,” Chang says. “Working with Alfred State to address this shortage is a step in the right direction.”
Alfred State — its immediate service area includes five large, extremely rural counties — is no stranger to this nursing shortage. The shortage is further complicated by the college’s challenge to increase the number of student applicants from the area.
The joint UB and Alfred State program will be a first step in attracting students from the area and will eventually lead to an increase in the number of bedside-prepared registered nurses (RNs) and tenured nurse practitioners in the workforce, especially in the rural and medically underserved areas of New York State currently facing a severe shortage of nurses, administrators said.
Alfred State nursing faculty agree that the collaborative grant would lead to better and more care for the rural community surrounding the college.
“We hope this will create more opportunities for our local nurses to complete their graduate education,” says Jessica R. Lippa, associate professor and chair of the department of nursing at Alfred State. “I am grateful to be an alumnus of the University at Buffalo, having graduated in 2019 with a doctorate in nursing practice, and now I can help others in our area become UB alumni as well.
Lippa says the collaboration will also result in increased enrollment in the college’s dual degree program (AAS/BS in Nursing) to help address nursing shortages.
“We are grateful for this opportunity from the Emergency Nursing Training Fund and look forward to enhancing the training opportunities available in our region,” she says.
The grant identifies the shortage of nurses at global, national and state levels, and calls the problem “particularly alarming in rural and remote areas.”
“Attracting nursing students from the region and training them in the nuances of working with the rural and medically underserved population is extremely important,” says Chang. She explains that previous research suggests that recruiting students from rural backgrounds is an effective strategy for improving the supply of rural health care providers because students tend to practice close to where they study.
This trend is supported by a 2018 study from the Rockefeller Institute of Government which found that 71% of SUNY graduates in health professions and related clinical sciences stayed in New York State to work for at least 10 years. after graduation, depending on the proposal. .
“Alfred State College and UB School of Nursing’s emergency training program will help the five-county target area address many of the challenges currently impacting enrollment, and provide an edge term to address many of the challenges the region faces today and in the future,” Chang said.