SUNY Sullivan, CRMC ink agreement to enhance nursing education in Sullivan

SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance, right, watches as CRMC CEO Jonathan Schiller signed the agreement

LOCH SHELDRAKE – An agreement between SUNY Sullivan and Catskill Regional Medical Center is designed to enhance the nursing education programs at both institutions.

Catskill Regional is one of the locations where nursing students conduct their required clinic rotations, allowing them, to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom in a hospital setting.

The new consortium will ensure that nursing graduates possess the knowledge and abilities consistent with the needs of Sullivan County employees and will lead to an increase in the number of registered nurses practicing in the county, officials said.

SUNY Sullivan hopes to double the number of nursing graduates in two years, from 22 this past May to 44 in 2021. College officials said strengthening ties with the hospital should result in a higher pass rate on the state licensure exams that nurses are required to take.

The memorandum of understanding inked by both facilities provides the collect with a director of nursing from within the hospital’s nursing administration.

SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance and CRMC CEO Jonathan Schiller signed the agreement on Monday.

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