New SUNY Grant Boosts Nursing Education at Genesee Community College

"LPN to RN" Program Addresses Shortage of Registered Nurses

A new State University of New York "high needs" program grant of $115,380 will boost the number of licensed practical nurses studying at Genesee to become registered nurses from about 15 to 35 or more each semester, Samson Olaode, Director of Grants Services reported to the College's Board of Trustees Monday evening.

Working with area health care institutions, Genesee has been helping licensed practical nurses gain entry to Genesee's nursing program over the last several years. The "LPN-to-RN" program is one initiative Genesee has been taking to ease the growing nursing shortage in Western New York and beyond.

The grant will finance a nursing lab manager, technology support for the nursing program, and salaries for an adjunct faculty member and nursing tutors.

LPNs will be able to enter Genesee twice each year - in late August and in January. About 120 students are now being annually admitted into Genesee Community College's nursing program.

"There is a critical need for nurses all across the country," Mr. Olaode told trustees. "This grant will help us meet our local needs."