Continued success for PSU nursing program

May 8th, 2014 by Heather

    Continued success for PSU nursing program


    PICTURED HERE are the PSU Nursing Class of 2014.

    PLYMOUTH — 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, 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.

    “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,” said Bantell.

    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 percent increase projected over the 10-year period between 2006 and 2016. With 12,489 nurses employed in New Hampshire, that represents an additional 4,000 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 or 535-2100.

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