Nursing Overview

Nursing Information

Catskill Hudson AHEC is seeking to make a difference in addressing healthcare workforce shortage issues. One of our healthcare workforce initiatives is Nursing Workforce Development; a process that analyzes issues pertaining to nursing specialty and faculty shortages, recruitment and retention of nursing personnel and the provision of continuing education programs for nursing professionals.  This initiative also involves outreach and collaborative efforts for students and educators as well as educational institutions, community groups and healthcare organizations to provide resources and opportunities for education and training supportive of the continued development of the nursing profession.

Shortage of Nurses
A major public health challenge for the future of our nation's health care system is the increasing aging population.  In New York State, the shortage of nurses varies by region and is only in part due to the increasing aging population.  Other factors affecting this trend in NYS are the uneven distribution of nurses within the state and a shortage of nursing faculty especially in rural and underserved communities.  It is predicted that the need for nurses as well as other healthcare professionals will continue to increase over the next several years.

For more information about the Nursing Shortage, please visit the following websites:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Nursing Shortage Resources
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/nursing-shortage-resources/about

Hospital Association of New York State - Nursing Shortage
http://www.hanys.org/workforce/reports/2010-06-07_nurse_survey_results_2010.pdf
http://www.hanys.org/workforce/docs/2012-05-10_workforce_allied-2012_survey_report.pdf

University of Albany Center for WOrkforce Studies Projections of Registered Nurse Supply and Demand
http://www.albany.edu/news/release_4809.php

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Workforce Analysis - The Registered Nurse
http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/rnsurvey2008.html

American Nurses Association (ANA) - Nursing FAQ
http://www.nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/FAQs

Nursing Resources

Nursing Guidebook - An all-inclusive guide gives an overview of the nursing path and the careers able to be obtained post education. This guide is designed to create a clear path for students in this field and make it easier to decide what is best for them. http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/nursing-schools/online-degree-programs/

Information about Registered Nurses (RNs), the nursing profession, nursing news, nurse blogs, career & job information, nursing schools & tops for students, nursing care plans, and much more. This site is maintained by an active Registered Nurse. 
http://www.registerednursern.com/

Side-by-side comparisons of different nursing schools and RN to BSN programs.     http://nursingdegreeguide.com/program-directory/rn-to-bsn/
 http://rntobsnprograms.com/online