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New York Health Careers

Registered Nurses

What Do Registered Nurses Do?

Registered nurses (RNs) treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

In addition, RNs also:
— Deliver and supervise patient care;
— Give patients medicines and treatments;
— Evaluate the outcomes of care, instituting appropriate changes and reporting patient progress;
— Plan, implement, and evaluate programs to meet community needs; and
— Conduct research or quality improvement projects to identify and institute best practices.

RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries, explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Some RNs may work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. RNs also might run general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars on various conditions.

When caring for patients, RNs establish a care plan or contribute to an existing plan. Plans may include activities, such as administering medication, including checking dosages and avoiding interactions; starting, maintaining, and discontinuing intravenous (IV) lines for fluid, medication, blood, and blood products; administering therapies and treatments; observing the patient and recording those observations; and consulting with physicians and other health care clinicians.

RNs often facilitate interdisciplinary care, may lead patient care teams, as well as supervise licensed practical nurses, nursing aides, and home health aides in the delivery of patient services.

While many RNs work in clinical jobs, there are increasing opportunities for RNs in research, health care management, and education. Also, RNs’ roles are evolving in response to changes in the health care delivery system. Today, RNs may work as researchers, health care consultants, public policy advisors, risk managers, utilization reviewers, and hospital administrators. Many RNs also specialize depending on their interests, where they work, or the patients they work with.

For more information about RN specialties and other details about an RN career, please go to http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm.

Where Do Registered Nurses Work?

In 2014, hospitals employed the majority of RNs (61%). About 7% of RN jobs are in physicians’ offices; 7% in nursing and residential care facilities; 6% in home health care services; 6% in government agencies, many with the military; in social assistance agencies; and educational services. RNs may also be employed at insurance companies, schools, universities, correctional facilities, manufacturing plants and even places like cruise ships.

What Do Registered Nurses Earn?

The median annual income in New York for RNs in 2017 was $83,680, while the median annual salary nationally for RNs in 2017 was $70,000.

Supply and Demand

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), RNs constitute the largest health care occupation nationwide.
New York, like the rest of the country, is experiencing growth in demand for RNs, and this trend is expected to continue.

The BLS projects that the number of RN jobs in the U.S. between 2016 and 2026 will increase by 14.8% and will increase in New York by 20.1%. Growth in employment of RNs is expected to continue to be strong primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population, which will demand more health care services as these older adults live longer and more active lives.

For more information on projections of RNs by New York labor regions, 2014-2024, click here.

Nursing Education

To become an RN, the two main types of educational programs are 1) a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN) offered by a college or university, and 2) an associate degree in nursing (ADN) offered by a community college or junior college, sometimes in collaboration with a hospital. Around the U.S., a shrinking number of education programs offer an RN diploma; only one remains in New York.

All nursing education programs include classroom instruction and supervised clinical experience in hospitals and other health care facilities. Students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and behavioral sciences. Bachelor’s degree programs usually include more training in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking, which is becoming more important as nursing practice becomes more complex. BSN programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A BSN or higher (eg, MSN) is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Supervised clinical experience is provided in hospital departments such as pediatrics, psychiatry, maternity, and surgery. A number of programs include clinical experience in nursing care facilities, public health departments, home health agencies, and ambulatory clinics.

The New York LPN-to-RN Articulation Model establishes a mechanism for the licensed practical nurse (LPN) to achieve educational mobility by eliminating barriers in New York’s nursing education programs. The model uses a statewide LPN-to-RN transition course to validate previous knowledge and determine advanced placement within an RN program. This method is expedient and cost-effective for both the participating student and the receiving institutions. For more information on this program, go to: http://www.lpntorn.info/

Another resource for LPN-to-RN education programs can be found here at: http://lpntobsnonline.org/

New York Licensure Requirements

All RNs must be licensed. To be licensed as an RN in New York, an individual must be at least 18 years of age, meet education requirements of having received at least a two-year degree or diploma from a program in general professional nursing that is acceptable to the New York State Department of Education, complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse offered by a New York State approved provider, and pass the nursing examination developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

For more information, go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nursing.htm

Financial Support for RN Students

Grants, scholarships, and awards for students who wish to become RNs are available at local, state, and federal levels. Such funding comes from private foundations, institutions and colleges of higher education with nursing programs, the New York State Education Department, and from the U.S. government. For more information, go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurse-education-scholarships-grants.htm.
For additional information about federal and state financial aid, visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation website at: https://www.hesc.ny.gov.

Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future offers current information on financial assistance opportunities for nursing students. The website organizes information by general degrees, specialties, and for returning students. For more information, visit the Johnson and Johnson campaign for nursing’s future here.

Nursing Education Programs in New York

There are dozens of ADN and BSN programs in New York. Some BSN programs offer “bachelor completion” tracks for RNs with diplomas or ADNs who wish to obtain a BSN. Many of these programs are offered on a part-time basis and are geared for people who work. Some employers will offer tuition assistance to RNs on their staff who wish to enroll in these programs.

Also, please see this list of education programs from the New York Department of Education: www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurseprogs.htm

Diploma and Certificate Programs

Genessee Valley Region

Arnot Ogden School of Nursing
L.D. Clute Education Building
600 Roe Avenue
Elmira, NY 14905
(607) 737-4153

Associate Degree Programs

Central Region

Broome Community College                                                     
Decker Center, Room 217
901 Upper Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 778-5060
Cayuga Community College
Auburn Campus
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 255-1743 or (866) 598-8883
or
Fulton Campus
11 River Glen Drive
Fulton, NY 13069
(315) 592-4143 or (866) 598-8883
Crouse Hospital School of Nursing
765 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 470-7481
Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
(315) 498-2360
St. Joseph’s College of Nursing
206 Prospect Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 448-5040
SUNY Delhi
2 Main Street
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753
(607) 746-4104
Morrisville State College
80 Eaton Street
Morrisville, NY 13408
(315) 684-6000
Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)
170 North Street
Dryden, NY 13053
(607) 844-8211 or (888) 567-8211
Mohawk Valley Community College
Utica Campus
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 792-5400 or (315) 792-5301
or
Rome Campus
1101 Floyd Ave.
Rome NY 13440
(315) 339-3470

Genesee Valley Region

Corning Community College                                    
1 Academic Drive
Corning, NY  14830
(607)962-9222
Finger Lakes Community College
3325 Marvin Sands Dr
Canandaigua, NY  14424
(585)785-1345
Genesee Community College
One College Road
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 343-0055, ext. 6437
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing
196 North Street
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 787-4000
Monroe Community College
1000 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(718) 933-6700

Long Island Region

Nassau Community College                              
One Education Dr., Bldg. V-210
Garden City, NY 11530-6793
(516) 572-9630
Suffolk County Community College
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784-2899
(631) 451-4414 or (631) 451-4022
also has campuses in
Brentwood and Riverhead, NY

Metropolitan Region

ASA College
81 Willoughby St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201-9805
(877) 679-8768
St Paul’s School of Nursing
Corporate Commons Two
2 Teleport Dr. Suite 203
Staten Island, NY  10311
(718) 818-6470
or Queens Campus
97-77 Queens Blvd
Queens, NY 11354
(718) 357-0500
Bronx Community College  
2155 University Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 289-5428
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-3810
Helene Fuld College of Nursing       
24 East 120th Street
New York, NY 10035
(212) 616-7282 or (212) 616-7271
Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 518-4108
Kingsborough Community College  
2001 Oriental Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11235-2398
(718) 368-5522
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 482-5782
Monroe College
2501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 944-6700
Borough of Manhattan
Community College
City University of New York
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
(212) 220-8230
Medgar Evers College
City University of New York
1638 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 270-4900
New York City
College of Technology
300 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 254-5660
Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing  
776 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10001-6354
(212) 614-6110
Queensborough
Community College
City University of New York
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
(718) 631-6080 or (718) 631-6262

Mid-Hudson Region

Cochran School of Nursing
967 North Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 964-4296
Montefiore School of Nursing
53 Valentine Street
Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
(914) 361-6221
Dutchess Community College
53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1595
(845) 431-8579
SUNY Orange
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-4107
Rockland County Community College
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
(845) 574-4474
Sullivan County Community College
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
(845) 434-5750 or (800) 577-5243
SUNY Ulster
491 Cottekill Road
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
(845) 687-5235 or (800) 724-0833, ext. 5018
Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Rd.
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 606-6735 or (914) 606-6600

Northeast Region

Adirondack Community College
640 Bay Road
Queensbury, NY 12804
(518) 743-2490 or (888) SUNY-ADK
Clinton Community College
136 Clinton Point Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 562-4200
Columbia-Greene Community College
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-4181

Schenectady County Community College

Belanger School of Nursing
78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 243-4471
Excelsior College
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159
(888) 647-2388, ext. 21
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
2805 State Highway 67
Johnstown, NY 12095
(518) 736-FMCC (3622)
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vanderburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 629-7469
Maria College
700 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 861-2541
Northeast Health
St. Peter’s Health Partners
Memorial School of Nursing
600 Northern Boulevard
Albany, NY 12204
(518) 471-3260
or
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
2215 Burdett Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 271-3285
Mohawk Valley Community College
Utica Campus
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 792-5400
or
Rome Campus
1101 Floyd Ave.
Rome NY 13440
(315) 339-3470
North Country Community College
23 Santononi Avenue
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
(518) 891-2915
Campuses also located in Malone and Ticonderoga
St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
2215 Genesee St.
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 801-8347

Northern Region

Jefferson Community College
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 786-2340 or (888) 435-6522
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617
(800) 388-7123

Western Region

Erie Community College
City Campus
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716)-851-1322 or (716) 851-1001
or
North Campus
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 851-1322 or (716) 851-1002
Jamestown Community College
525 Falconer Street
Jamestown, NY 14702
(716) 338-1171 or (800) 388-8557
Niagara County Community College
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, NY 14132
(716) 614-5940 or (716) 614-6222
Alfred State College
SUNY College of Technology
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
(607) 587-3680 or (607) 587-3672
Trocaire College
360 Choate Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14220-2094
(716) 827-2462

Bachelor Degree Programs

Central Region

Hartwick College                               
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 431-4150
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214
(315) 445-5435
Binghamton University
Decker School of Nursing
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
(607) 777-4954
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, New York 13502
(315) 792-3111
SUNY Delhi
2 Main Street
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753
(607) 746-4550
Upstate Medical University
State University of New York
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 464-4276
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
100 Seymour Road
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 792-7295
Morrisville State
80 Eaton Street
Morrisville, NY  13408
(315) 684-6000

Genesee Valley Region

Elmira College
One Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901
(800) 935-6472
Keuka College
(various locations in the area)
141 Central Ave
Keuka Park, NY 14478
(866) 255-3852
Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 389-2709 or (585) 389-2525
Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 594-6330
St. John Fisher College
Wegmans School of Nursing
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 899-3877 or (585) 899-3738
The College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
(585) 395-2211
University of Rochester
Medical Center – School of Nursing
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 275-2375

Long Island Region

Adelphi University
1 South Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
(516) 877-4510
*also locations in Poughkeepsie, Sayville,
and New York City.
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhallow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735-1021
(631) 420-2000 or (631) 420-2171
Long Island University
C.W. Post Campus
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548
(516) 299-2320
Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570-5002
(516) 323-3665
New York Institute of Technology
School of Health Professions

Old Westbury Campus
Northern Boulevard
Old Westbury, NY 11568
(516) 686-3739 or (516) 686-1000
St. Joseph’s College
Long Island Campus
155 West Roe Blvd.
Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 687-5100
Stony Brook University
State University of New York

School of Nursing
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8240
(631) 444-3200

Metropolitan Region

College of Mount Saint Vincent                      
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471
(718) 405-3351 or (718) 405-3267
College of Staten Island
The City University of New York
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-3810
Columbia University
School of Nursing

630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-5756
Lehman College
The City University of New York
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 960-8488
Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing
425 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 772-4000
Long Island University
Brooklyn Campus
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 488-1000
Medgar Evers College
The City University of New York
1638 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 270-4900
New York City
College of Technology
The City University of New York
300 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 260-5660
NY Institute of Technology
School of Health Professions
Manhattan Campus
1855 Broadway (at 61st St.)
New York, NY 10023-7692
(212) 261-1731
New York University
College of Nursing
726 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-5300
Nyack College
1 South Blvd
Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 358-1710
Pacific College of
Oriental Medicine
110 William St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 982-3456
Pace University
Lienhard School of Nursing

New York City Campus
163 William St
New York, NY 10038
(914) 773-3552
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
(718) 522-2300
St. Joseph’s College
Brooklyn Campus
245 Clinton Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 940-5300
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-7600
Wagner College
Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing
One Campus Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 390-3440
York College
The City University of New York
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11451
(718) 262-2054

Mid-Hudson Region

The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805
(914) 654-5000
Concordia College
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914) 337-9300, ext. 2256
Dominican College
470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962
(845) 848-6030
Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
1-877-MERCY-GO
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 561-0800
Pace University
Lienhard School of Nursing
Westchester Campus
861 Bedford Rd
Pleasantville, NY 10570
(914) 773-3552

Northeast Region

Empire State College
2 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(800) 847-3000
Siena College
515 Loudon Rd
Loudonville, NY 12211
(518) 783-2300
Russell Sage College
65 1st St.
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 244-2231
SUNY Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 564-3124
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
100 Seymour Road
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 792-7500
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 792-3006
Maria College
700 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 438-3111,
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-7011

Western Region

Daemen College                        
4380 Main Street
Amherst, NY 14226
(716) 839-8387
D’Youville College
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 829-7701
University at Buffalo
South Campus
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 829-2537
Niagara University
Niagara University, NY 14109
(716) 286-7358
Trocaire
360 Choate Ave
Buffalo, NY  14220
(716) 826-1200
 

Additional Web Links

For more information about RNs and nursing careers, go to The New York State Nurses Association and The American Nurses Association.

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