Campus: CSU Long Beach -- July 30, 2004
Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach VA Healthcare System Announce
$1.3 Million Partnership Program to Help Reduce Nursing Shortage
Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare
System (VALBHS) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)
have announced a $1.3 million partnership to provide individuals with
baccalaureate degrees in science-related professions the opportunity
to receive a bacca-laureate degree in nursing through an innovative
new program, one of the first such programs in the nation.
The Accelerated BSN Program curriculum is offered in a concentrated
60-week program with didactic courses offered by the CSULB Department
of Nursing and clinical experiences provided predominately at the VA
Long Beach Healthcare System.
“We are delighted that we are able to partner with our colleagues
at CSULB to create this important program that will significantly and
positively address the growing nursing shortage in California. I am
hopeful that our collaboration will serve as a model for other communities
as they address nurse shortage issues,” said Ron Norby, director
of VA Long Beach Healthcare System.
California ranks as the second worst state in the nation in terms of
the nursing shortage and has the least registered nurses per 100,000
populations in the United States, with 566 as compared to the national
average of 798.
“For everyone concerned, we believe this partnership is a win-win,”
said CSULB President Robert C. Maxson. “Patients will especially
benefit, and the VA and the university are very enthusiastic about how
our collaboration will advance nursing education in the Long Beach area.”
Thirty-six students will begin this Accelerated BSN Program at CSULB
and VA beginning in fall. The partnership funding will cover most of
the expenses for instruction and hiring additional faculty. VA will
provide classroom space whenever possible, and with the exception of
pediatrics and women’s health care, students will obtain their
clinical experience at the VALBHS.
The Accelerated BSN Program is aimed at educating second-degree students
who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field to become
BSN-prepared registered nurses (BSN-RN) in just over a year.
“These are individuals who want to have a more stable profession,
career mobility and security of life-long employment,” said Loucine
Huckabay, director of the CSULB Nursing Department. “A one-year
investment of their lives and enrolling in this Accelerated BSN Program
will guarantee a more secure and gratifying professional career in health
Currently, Cal State Long Beach has more than 900 students enrolled
in pre-nursing, RN/BSN and graduate nursing programs, and that number
is expected to increase to 1,400 within five years.
The VA Long Beach Healthcare System is one of the most diversified tertiary
health care providers in the nation. Comprehensive health care is provided
through primary, specialty and long-term care services in the areas
of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation,
neurology, oncology, dentistry, spinal cord injury, geriatrics and extended
care. The facility serves approximately 40,000 veterans in the Long
Beach area at the VA Long Beach VA Medical Center and its community-based
outpatient clinics located in southern LA and Orange Counties.
The funding for this exciting new program was provided by the VALBHS
with a generous contribution from the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network,
the regional VA healthcare office serving Southern California and Nevada.
CSULB: Rick Gloady, Director of Media Relations, (5620985-5454
VA Long Beach Healthcare System: Estella Murray, Public
Affairs Officer, (562) 826-5498, firstname.lastname@example.org