UB Nursing School receives grant funding to address nursing shortage in WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In 2017 Quinn Maloney is set to graduate from the University at Buffalo School of Nursing Graduate program.

“My focus has always been to work in a primary care setting and to work as an advance practice provider so that’s really what’s driven me into this field,” said Quinn Maloney, University at Buffalo School of Nursing student.

There are many aspiring nurses like Quinn, but not enough faculty members to train them. UB School of Nursing Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean Tammy Austin-Katch says the school gets about 400 undergrad nursing applicants every year, but only accept about 90.

“We turn away hundreds of qualified applicants because we only have so many faculty and so many clinical placements within the Western New York community,” said Tammy Austin-Katch, UB Assistant Dean for MS/DNP programs; Clinical Professor.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the country is in need of more than a million nurses by 2022 and a third of registered nurses are expected to retire within five years. Nursing schools are struggling to produce enough graduates to fill the void. Austin-Katch says it’s in part due to changes in healthcare,

“We’re needing to get more folks out into the community as nurses to help take care of patients where they’re at rather than an acute care institution such as hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, that in some cases are down sizing their staff there but not really displacing them back into the community so that they can pick up community nursing jobs,” said Austin-Katch.

The UB School of Nursing received two federal grants totaling more than 2 million dollars. With the money UB will establish a partnership with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to hire two nurses who will also work as part-time UB faculty.
The grants will also support students pursuing a nursing degree.

The program begins this fall, as part of an effort to increase the number of students entering nursing programs. For more information, go to http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2016/08/004.html

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