Tara Ebere, a Registered Nurse at CVPH, instructing a class of hospital staff. Ebere is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree with the help of a scholarship through the Foundation at CVPH.
Since 2010 the Foundation at CVPH has been helping to finance continuing education for registered nurses through a special in-house scholarship.
Nurses who have an Associate’s Degree can apply for the Nursing Scholarship, and work toward their Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The scholarship pays for tuition, books, software and even child care. The classes are held on site one day a week, through Plattsburgh State. Some classes are offered online as well.
When they graduate, participants will have a Plattsburgh State bachelor’s degree.
“Health care is rapidly changing, and we need to advance with it,” said Molly Ryan, Manager of Community Outreach at CVPH. “It’s important that our RNs have the skill set they achieve through the BSN, so anything we can do to support our RNs in this economy we will do.”
Professional development, Ryan says, has always been important to CVPH. The program is also a selling point for CVPH when they are recruiting new RNs to come to the hospital.
Tara Ebere, an RN at CVPH, is participating in the program, and will graduate next year. The program, she says, takes away much of the stress and pressure of trying to afford college while working full time. Ebere had been taking classes on her own, when she was urged to apply for the scholarship.
To qualify, a registered nurse must be full-time at the hospital, and must be able to demonstrate financial need.
“When I got my associate’s degree, I said I’m going back for my bachelor’s. At the time it was maybe my bachelor’s, now it’s definitely my masters,” said Ebere.
The Foundation will be welcoming Ontario’s Glengarry Bhoys to Olive Ridley’s for a two day fund-raiser to benefit the Nursing Scholarship. The Bhoys come to Plattsburgh every year to support the Foundation. Olive Ridley’s, as well, supports the fundraiser every year.
“Matt Spiegel is a big supporter of the Foundation, and has always made room at his establishment to support this,” said Ryan.
They will be playing on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. Local musicians, all of whom work at CVPH, will be opening for the Bhoys. Jan. 31 will feature Doctors Craig Hurwitz and Michael Kanevsky. Feb. 1 will feature Catish & Bodega.
“They always have a great turnout,” said Ryan.
Tickets are $20 each night, or $35 for both nights. They are available at the CVPH Community Outreach Office, at Olive Ridley’s, or online at http://www.cvph.org/news-and-events/events.