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Orange Regional receives grant to establish LPN-to-RN program

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Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, N.Y., has been awarded a grant through the New York State Department of Labor’s Registered Nurse Upgrade Project.

The grant supports continuing education of employed LPNs interested in enhancing their academic credentials to become RNs and further strengthen Orange Regional’s nursing workforce.

The medical center’s grant application focused on tuition funding for a select group of currently employed LPNs to pursue RN degrees.

Orange Regional, a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, plans to support 12 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.

The local academic institutions, along with the 1199SEIU health workers union, provided Orange Regional with the support needed to launch the program, according to a news release. “This grant reflects a strong support for continued education and training of nurses who have a critical role within our healthcare system,” Vice President and CNO Joanne Ritter-Teitel, RN, PhD, said in the release. “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 who will provide support and assistance throughout the course of studies.

The training is expected to last 18 months. Upon completion and RN licensure, graduates will be promoted to carrying out roles and responsibilities of an RN throughout various units at the medical center.

LEARN MORE about Orange Regional online at ORMC.org.

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