To help ease the nursing shortage, Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus has partnered with New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. (HHC) to offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing at Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY.
Most seats have been offered to economically disadvantaged students supported by scholarships from the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), an initiative created to develop innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City.
"Helping people become nurses is a winning investment for New York City," said Linda I. Gibbs, deputy mayor for health and human services. "Not only does this program provide a significant income boost to people in need, but it also helps the city address an ongoing need for nurses in its public hospitals."
Students in the RN program must complete 2 years of pre-clinical academic work and 2 years of clinical training in the LIU-Kings County program that includes hands-on practical experience inside brand new classrooms and laboratories at the Kings County site. There are currently 65 students in the clinical training program.
In exchange for their scholarships, students recruited by CEO must work for 4 years at city hospitals with starting salaries of $65,000. The first class graduates in spring 2011.
"I'm so appreciative of all that this program will do for me," said Derrin Maxwell, a 35-year-old mother of four from Harlem.