Senator Pete Harckham visits Pace University’s clinical training labs to discuss solutions to nursing and healthcare shortages


Health Professions College faculty and staff outline ways to increase pool of essential personnel

Pace University today hosted New York State Senator Pete Harckham on a tour of its clinical simulation labs and hosted a panel discussion on meeting New York’s critical need for nurses and others. primary care professionals.

Visiting Lienhard Hall, home to Pace’s College of Health Professions and its Lienhard School of Nursing, Harckham joined nursing faculty, staff and students – who all shared their experiences in the field and discussed ways to address the shortage of nurses and expand health care. pipeline of workers, a staffing issue that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The stress and strain of the pandemic has exacerbated the current shortage of nurses in New York State,” said Senator Harckham. “I am delighted to be able to spend time with this new generation of nurses at Pace University, who will greatly benefit the It is essential that we encourage and reward people to join the nursing profession, which needs rejuvenation and reinforcement.

“Simulation is an evidence-based component of training for several healthcare professions that has been proven to improve student learning, confidence and clinical skills and ultimately improve the quality of patient care” , said Marcus Tye, dean of the College of Health Professions at Pace University. “Engaging preceptors and expanding the use of simulation in healthcare training will help increase the supply and quality of our future healthcare workforce.”

Nurses provide 90% of all patient care in hospitals, and by 2030 there is a projected shortage of more than 39,000 registered nurses in New York, according to the New State Department of Health. York. The challenge is so great across the country that the American Nurses’ Association has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to declare a national nurse staffing crisis.

To further complicate the situation, many schools are limited in the number of registered nurses they can prepare, despite great interest in the field, due to a shortage of clinical training experiences.

“I have met with numerous chief nursing officers from the New York and Westchester County health agencies, all of whom have expressed deep concern about the current and impending severe staffing shortages,” said Rhonda Maneval, associate dean of the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing. at Pace University, who testified before the state Legislature on the issue of the nursing shortage. “These meetings focused on ways our school could provide more practice-ready graduates. The good news is that despite the pandemic, or because of it, people want to become nurses. By working together, we can face this crisis head-on.

Pace University faculty have been leaders in advocating for ways to prepare and educate more people for careers in healthcare through a series of measures and proposals, including granting tax credits for practitioners as well as the adoption of a bill that would recognize part of a student’s time. spent in a controlled simulation laboratory count towards their required clinical hours.

“When it comes to preparing nurses for a complex work environment, far too many healthcare facilities and schools are in a crisis situation: they lack nurses and space for clinical experiences students, and as a result, schools are therefore limited in the number of healthcare workers they can prepare for the workforce,” said Dr. Harriet R. Feldman, Director of Wellness, Professor and Dean Emeritus of the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing. “With smart legislation and policy, however, nursing schools and care institutions can work together to increase the number of workers ready to respond to emergencies.”

For Cristina DeRose, a graduate nurse, classes taught in a simulation lab are productive and reflect real-life emergencies. “With the simulation, you know that each student has gained the necessary experience to work in the field.”

Senior Alexis Ninonueva agrees: “The simulation is particularly useful. The time spent in the simulation lab gives you confidence and Pace does a great job of preparing us for the profession.

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New York State Senator Pete Harckham speaks with College of Health Professions faculty, students and staff during a visit to Pace's College of Health Professions.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has been educating thoughtful professionals by providing high-quality education for the professions on a solid foundation of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs at its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Faculty of Law and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

About the College of Health Professions

Established in 2010, the College of Health Professions at Pace University offers a wide range of programs at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The College’s goal is to create innovative and complex programs that reflect the changing landscape of the health care system. These programs are designed to prepare graduates for impactful careers in health care practice, health-related research, or as educators, and equip graduates to work in health and health policy fields. world. Students in clinical programs receive hands-on training at the College’s Interprofessional Center of Excellence in Healthcare Simulation and have the opportunity to apply their developmental skills in real-world settings at many of the region’s state-of-the-art clinical facilities. The College currently includes several important and growing areas of study including Nursing, Physician Assistant, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Health Sciences . Our vision is to be recognized for our innovative leadership in education, practice, scholarship, and service to improve health and the health professions. Our mission is to educate and challenge diverse students for the health professions to be leaders, innovators, and lifelong learners who will positively impact local, national, and global health.

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