Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center was awarded a grant through the New York State Department of Labor’s (NYSDOL) Registered Nurse Upgrade Project. The grant supports continued education of employed Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) interested in enhancing their academic credentials to become Registered Nurses (RN) and further strengthen Orange Regional’s nursing workforce.
Orange Regional’s grant application focused on tuition funding for a select group of currently employed LPNs to pursue their RN degrees. Orange Regional is proud to support twelve employees of the LPN to RN Pathway to Excellence Program who are attending programs offered through local higher educational institutions including Excelsior College, SUNY Orange, SUNY Rockland and SUNY Sullivan. These academic institutions, along with the 1199SEIU health workers union, provided Orange Regional with the support needed to launch this program.
“This grant reflects a strong support for continued education and training of nurses who have a critical role within our healthcare system,” says Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Joanne Ritter-Teitel. “Orange Regional has an ongoing commitment to retain highly-skilled nurses to provide excellent care to those in our community.”
Each nursing scholar has been paired with an Orange Regional mentor that will provide support and assistance throughout their course of studies. The training is expected to last 18 months and upon completion and RN licensure, graduates will be promoted to carrying out roles and responsibilities of an RN throughout various units at the Hospital.
To learn about the nursing opportunities available at Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.ormccareers.org.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.