The DHE’s Nursing and Allied Health Initiative performs a critical intermediary role as facilitator and independent broker of public and private partnerships of higher education faculty and executives, health care employers, industry associations and other key stakeholders. This initiative also sponsors, leads and coordinates statewide and regional pilot innovation programs to increase the supply of qualified nurses and allied health professionals, increase the capacity of nursing faculty in our higher education institutions, and reform curriculum to address emerging industry requirements for healthcare quality improvements.
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A new partnership between Westfield State University and Springfield Technical Community College will allow nursing graduates from STCC to earn a four-year degree from WSU on the Springfield campus. At a time when it’s increasingly important for nurses to have four-year degrees, the goal, as one STCC dean said, is to “remove any barriers to success.”
There are over 21,000 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in Massachusetts alone. Beginning as an LPN affords those with low income, single parents, career changers and new immigrants a quick admission to the workforce. This brings a more diverse population into nursing that otherwise would not have had the opportunity to enter the profession. There is broad agreement that a diverse nursing workforce is essential to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse population.
These practical nursing students show extreme dedication and commitment by completing rigorous PN programs, some as short as 10 months, to prepare them to begin their careers. For some, this will be the start of a pathway to becoming a registered nurse and LPN to BSN programs are filling that need.