Reacting to a looming nationwide and statewide nursing shortage and a recent call by the Carnegie Foundation for a more highly educated nursing workforce, PSU has enrolled 92 highly qualified students in its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Though nursing programs are increasing nationwide, the increase is not able to keep pace with the shortages in the workforce, due to the aging of the US population and the demands placed on the healthcare system.
According to the New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau, an additional 4,000 nurses will be needed in New Hampshire by 2016. The BS in Nursing at PSU will contribute 40 new nurses to fill vacant positions each year, adding 200 new nurses in a five-year period.
In addition, New Hampshire currently has significantly more associate degree-prepared nurses than baccalaureate degree-prepared nurses (8.5: 1.5 in NH compared with 3:2 nationwide). Because of this, the PSU nursing program is a year-round program with two tracks: a four-year track for new college students and a bachelor’s completion track for RNs who hold associate’s degrees. According to the Carnegie Foundation, additional education provides greater preparation, which leads to better patient outcomes.
Nursing Program Affiliation Agreements
PSU’s nursing department partners with many local hospitals and health care organizations, where our students perform the clinical portions of their program:
- Concord Hospital
- Cottage Hospital (Upper Connecticut River Valley)
- Golden View Health Care Center (Meredith)
- Littleton Regional Hospital
- LRG Healthcare (Lakes Region)
- Mary Hitchcock Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic
- North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency
- Pemi Baker Community Health
- Speare Memorial Hospital (Plymouth)
- Visiting Nurse Association of Franklin