Albany Med, partner of Russell Sage amid nursing shortage – The Daily Gazette

ALBANY — The Albany Med health system is taking another step to address its long shortage of nurses, partnering with a local college to expand training for nursing students.

The various campuses of the larger regional hospital system will accept nursing students from Russell Sage College for their clinical assignments, and the college will offer discounted graduate nursing programs to Albany Med employees.

Upon graduation, students will be encouraged to pursue career opportunities with Albany Med.

The agreement also provides for a RN-BSc program tailored for Albany Med employees.

The college and the hospital network presented the agreement as a symbiotic relationship that helps recruit new employees and provides growth opportunities for existing employees.

Russell Sage College President Chris Ames said the college has been training nurses for a century and is uniquely positioned to help address the shortage of medical staff which has worsened amid long-lasting stress of the COVID pandemic.

Russell Sage College enrolls approximately 2,300 students in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs at its Troy and Albany campuses and online.

Prior to the pandemic, Albany Med’s healthcare system had more than 16,000 employees in four hospitals and 125 outpatient sites.

Nurses are especially scarce — Albany Medical Center’s online job portal lists 80 jobs posted in the past 30 days, and hundreds more from earlier in the year.

But the problem extends beyond Albany Med — across the region, state and beyond. Most hospitals have dozens of job openings posted for registered nurses.

In a briefing it prepared last month on the subject, Albany Med said the continuing shortage of nurses was threatening patient services and crushing the budgets of all hospitals, not just its hospitals.

Albany Med uses temporary staff provided by nursing agencies to fill the void left by understaffing, as do many other hospitals.

But these traveling nurse agencies have increased the rates they charge Albany Med by 220% in three years, the health system said. He said he paid those agencies $60 million in the first half of 2022, up from $8 million to $9 million in a busy year before the pandemic.

The partnership with Russell Sage is just the latest step Albany Med Health System has attempted to reduce this stress. It also lobbied for regulatory changes, recruited overseas, and created an internal system for licensed practical nurses and others to study to become registered nurses.

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