Albany Med and Russell Sage College announce pipeline to address nursing shortages – troyrecord

TROY, NY – Albany Med Health System and Russell Sage College announced an academic partnership that will provide nursing students with hands-on career experience while helping to combat the impact of a nationwide nursing shortage.

As part of the new partnership, Russell Sage nursing students will complete their clinical assignments at Albany Med Health System campuses, and current system employees will receive a discount to attend nursing programs. Sage graduates. Following their direct clinical experience, students are encouraged to explore employment opportunities within the system.

The agreement also facilitates a graduate science nurse program at Russell Sage tailored for Albany Med Health System employees, and it also supports laboratory professionals and clinical faculty members.

Leaders from the Albany Med Health System and Russell Sage College said the agreement is a creative solution to the staffing challenges the health care field has faced in recent years. The pipeline will help the system recruit new employees and provide growth opportunities for existing employees.

“This is an example of two local institutions working together to strengthen our community. It’s a win-win situation for students, who have great experiences, our healthcare institutions, and the patients we proudly serve,” said Dennis P. McKenna, MD, President and Chief management of Albany Med Health System.

“Russell Sage College has been educating nurses for 100 years and is continually evolving to keep pace with advances in science and technology and changes in the labor market,” said Chris Ames, President of Russell Sage College. “We are in the perfect position to work with Albany Medical Center to address the critical shortage of healthcare professionals.”

Current nurses at Albany Medical Center say the learning opportunities Russell Sage College gave them helped them start and grow their careers at the hospital.

“The reason I came to Albany Med was because Sage brought me here,” said nurse educator Kristina Marie Villajuan. During her studies, Villajuan rotated through the neuroscience unit and knew she had found a good candidate. “Originally, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, but after completing my clinical assignment at Albany Med, I was hooked. I loved the nurses I worked with and the whole unit was very student friendly.

“I was very comfortable in undergraduate Sage and had a lot of support from my professors, with whom I developed a close relationship,” said Rachel Treers, a registered nurse, who works in the medical-surgical intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center. Treers completed his senior capstone in the unit and was offered a job before graduation.

“It helped me with the confidence I had when I started nursing and it gave me a sense of comfort and familiarity.” In an effort to advance her career, Treers will return to Russell Sage College this fall in its Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Russell Sage College in Troy. (File photo)

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