Continued Success for Plymouth State University Nursing Program

May 6th, 2014 by blyndes

Plymouth State University's Class of 2014 Nursing program graduates.

PLYMOUTH, N.H.- Plymouth State University’s three-year old nursing degree program continues to grow in size and popularity. Established in 2011 to help fill a vital need for nursing professionals in the region, Plymouth State’s nursing program is helping meet the demand by offering both a pre-licensure and a  R.N –B.S. Nursing Programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Hampshire will add more than 500 nursing jobs over the next eight years, nearly a 20 percent increase. The median pay for an R.N. is about $65,000 annually. According to Dr. Mary Bantell, Director of the PSU Department of Nursing, said the program is helping fill the need for nurses by providing students with a quality education, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

“The success of our program is based in the dedication of our nursing faculty, the support of the University and the collaborations we have formed with our Health Care Organizations ,” Bantell said. “We will graduate our second class this May and most of our students already have nursing positions upon graduation.”

Plymouth State University’s Nursing Program offers two options for students to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Incoming first year students can participate in a four-year program, B.S. Nursing. A bachelor’s degree completion for RNs is also available for current nurses holding a valid registered nurse license and an associate’s degree.

The completion program for RN’s provides associate degree RN’s an opportunity to attain a higher level of education by completing the baccalaureate degree. According to Bantell, “The demand for nurses in New Hampshire who are educated beyond the associate-degree level will grow in every part of the state, especially in rural areas.”

According to the New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau, Registered Nurses are among the “top of the list of occupations with the most projected openings.” As of 2010 there were 613 openings annually in New Hampshire with a 31% increase projected over the 10-year period between 2006 and 2016. With 12,489 nurses employed in N.H., that represents an additional 4000 nurses needed by 2016.

For more information on either of the two programs, contact Mary D. Bantell, Ed.D, RN, Director/Chair, Department of Nursing at mdbantell@plymouth.edu or 603-535-2100.

 

 

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