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    HCCC to Sign 'Joint Admissions Program Agreement' for RN to BSN Initiative with NJCU, Bayonne Medical Center and Christ Hospital Schools of Nursing

    Posted: 5/18/2010
    Jennifer Christopher

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is joining forces with New Jersey City University (NJCU), and the Bayonne Medical Center and Christ Hospital Schools of Nursing to offer students a unique opportunity to complete associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in nursing. A signing to memorialize the agreement will take place on Friday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Hudson County Community College Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City.

    The new “Joint Admissions Program” creates a four-year plan for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in partnership with NJCU and the hospital-based schools of nursing. Students will begin their studies at Hudson County Community College, where they will be offered admission and financial aid advice as well as counseling that will help ensure a smooth transition to NJCU as fully matriculated students with junior-year standing after they earn their Associate of Science degree. During their studies at HCCC, the students will also have access to NJCU financial-aid and academic counselors.

    “The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services describes the shortage of nurses as ‘enormous.’ It’s predicted that within the next five to 10 years there will be a shortfall in our country of 250,000 to 400,000 registered nurses who hold bachelor’s degrees,” said HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert. He explained that the need for RNs with BSN degrees has grown because of today’s increasingly complex and technical medical environments. Further, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has published a fact sheet that shows nurses with bachelor’s degrees provide better patient care with lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors, and more positive outcomes.

    Dr. Gabert noted that another important consideration is that nurses with baccalaureate degrees are sorely needed to help educate other health-care professionals. He referred to information from the U.S. Health & Human Services which reports that last year nearly 50,000 qualified applicants were turned away from nursing school programs due – in part – to an insufficient number of faculty. The BSN degree is also becoming a must for nurses who wish to pursue management and leadership positions.

    “We are proud to work in partnership with New Jersey City University, and with the Bayonne Medical Center and Christ Hospital Schools of Nursing to help ease this community crisis,” Dr. Gabert stated.

    Those expected to be present at the signing include: from NJCU — Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Joanne Bruno, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. John Grew, Dean of Professional Studies Dr. Sandra Bloomberg, Chair of the Nursing Program Dr. Kevin O’Neil, and Assistant to the Vice President Denise Serpico; from Bayonne Medical Center — President of the BMC School of Nursing Daniel Kane, Vice President of Patient Care Pat Whipkey, and Director, BMC School of Nursing Nancy Bonner; from Christ Hospital — President and CEO Peter Kelly, and Director of the CH School of Nursing Carol Fasano; and from HCCC — President Dr. Glen Gabert, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Abegail A. Douglas-Johnson, Dean of Instruction David Edwards, Associate Dean of Health, Science & Technology Catherine Sirangelo-Elbadawy, and Director of Health-Related Programs Susanne Sansevere.

    More information on the new Joint-Admissions Program for RN to BSN may be obtained by phoning the College at (201) 360-4265.