BAY SHORE, NY – A graduation ceremony for nurses who took Farmingdale State College classes at Southside Hospital for the last two and a half years to obtain their Bachelor of Science degree was held recently at the hospital.
Approximately 30 Southside nurses took classes on Tuesdays in a modified classroom in the hospital to get their bachelor’s degree. The North Shore-LIJ Health System, acknowledging that these nurses would complete their classes quicker if they were on site and at a convenient time, allowed these nurses to carve out Tuesdays from their work schedule and attend these classes for the cost of fees and textbooks. This is the first graduating class of this program; the fourth set of nurses going through this program will be starting in January, said Tricia Lewis, director of education and research at Southside.
This is part of North Shore-LIJ’s commitment to continuing education, particularly for nurses. The health system offers employees who wish to get additional degrees money toward their education. North Shore-LIJ will be opening a graduate nursing school in the future on the Hofstra University campus. Southside nurses also have the opportunity to take classes toward their master’s degree through Stony Brook University at the hospital.
“Nurses who continue their education and achieve additional certifications help to provide better patient care and outcomes for patients,” said Patricia Farrell, RN, Southside’s chief nursing officer. “We are proud of the nurses who took these classes at the hospital and for the staff who worked with them and allowed them to take part in this important endeavor.”
In addition to the 30 nurses who took classes at Southside, about 30 nurses who received their bachelor’s at other institutions within the last year were also recognized at the graduation ceremony.