Plymouth State University Starts Nursing Program

July 8th, 2011 by Adam

Plymouth State University is launching a new nursing degree program this fall to help fill a vital need for nursing professionals in the region. For more than two decades, there has been increasing concern about the nursing shortage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated in 2009 that 518,500 new RN positions will be created by the year 2018, increasing the nursing shortage to over 800,000 nursing positions.

Mary Bantell
Mary Bantell is the Director of Plymouth State University’s Nursing Department

In 2008, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reported that Nursing programs turned away nearly 50,000 qualified applicants. Dr. Mary Bantell, Director of the PSU Department of Nursing, said the new program will help fill the need for nurses by providing students with a quality education, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

“The nursing curriculum is a combination of theory and clinical/practicum courses,” Bantell said. “Students will have the opportunity for clinical learning experiences in various area health care facilities. Practical experiences will be supported by PSU’s Nursing Program new Hi-Tech SIM Man simulation laboratory.”

Plymouth State University’s Nursing Program will offer 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 beginning in January, 2011. A total of approximately 40 first-year, 32 second-year, and transfer students are expected to enroll this year.

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 trained beyond the associate-degree level will grow in every part of the state, especially in rural areas.

“Students graduating from our program will provide communities with competent, quality, nursing care in numerous patient care settings such as acute & intensive care, long term care, maternal child health, mental health and community health/home health,” Bantell said.

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 NH, that represents an additional 4000 nurses needed by 2016.

“In light of the projected statistics, Plymouth State University’s Nursing Program will help fill the demand to educate professional nurses to meet the nursing care needs of our communities,” Bantell noted.

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

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or