Welcome to the Upstate Nursing Alumni Association! 

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Since its inception in 1992, the Nursing Alumni Association has awarded nearly 400 scholarships.  The association also provides support for continuing education, professional development, and other needs of the students, faculty and alumni of the College of Nursing. Many alumni will remember receiving their first white coat as a gift from the alumni association.

The mission of the Nursing Alumni Association is to enhance educational excellence and scholarship for nursing students of the Upstate Medical University campus, and promote collegiality among nursing alumni, students and faculty.  We hope you will join us in this effort.

To all of our alumni, please stay in touch. It’s quick and easy to update your contact information or to share your news and accomplishments in the alumni newsletter. Simply contact us through the secure online community on this site, by e-mailing us at nursalum@upstate.edu or by calling 315-464-4416.


To read the most current news, click here or select News and Stories Current from the menu on the left. 


Rotary Club of Eastwood honors recent nursing scholarship recipient

From left, Jonathan Yost, Shelly Whyland, Bernie Bregman, Ed Molloy of The Rotary Club of Eastwood

The Rotary Club of Eastwood honored scholarship recipient and Upstate College of Nursing alumna, Taralynn Kochanek, MSFNP '18 (not pictured) as she completes her Post Master's Advanced Certificate in Family Psychiatric Mental Health. Thank you to everyone at the Rotary Club of Eastwood, for their continued support, and a wonderful luncheon.


Nursing Recruitment to host "Walk-In Wednesdays" Feb. 19, 26

Nursing Recruitment will host "Walk-In Wednesdays" on February 19 and 26 from 12 pm - 4 pm. at 1414 Upstate University Hospital and in the Human Resources office on the first floor of Upstate Community Hospital.

RN candidates will have an opportunity to interview with recruiters on the spot and learn about Upstate’s new RN salary package. RNs interested in open positions should bring an updated resume.

Know of a great RN? Refer them to Upstate Nursing and receive a referral gift.

For more information, email Rebecca Milczarski at milczarr@upstate.edu.


Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” featured every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air”

Deirdre Neilen, PhD (Photo by Jim Howe)

Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink onAir.” Neilen is associate professor of Bioethics and Humanities and Editor-in-Chief of The Healing Muse.

The annual publication features fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.

Listen to a sample podcast by Dr. Neilen

Read more about Dr. Neilen

Buy a copy of the Muse

Learn more about Upstate’s HealthLink on Air


New job opportunities posted

Just a reminder that new job opportunities are posted periodically on our website.

On the side menu, choose 'Job Opportunities', 'Search Job Postings' and click 'Search' to view the full list!


World Health Organization has declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse

Attend the CNY Nurses Association meeting on February 4, 2020, 5 pm - 7 pm, Pascal's Italian Bistro, Syracuse. Discuss current issues and challenges in healthcare in 2020. Reply to CNYNursesassociation@gmail.com.


Upstate Medical University and Upstate Heart Institute welcome alumna to the staff 

Upstate Medical University and the Upstate Heart Institute welcome Lauren Derrick MSN ('96) RN. Derrick has 17 years of experience in cardiology care. She earned her master's degree at SUNY Upstate's College of Nursing and her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Binghamton. Derrick maintains ANCC certification in adult care. Welcome, Lauren!

Nursing certification review courses announced

The schedule for the 2020 nursing certification review courses is as follows:

March 18 and 19—Med/Surg

April 23 and 24—CCRN

April 29 and 30—Nurse Exec Basic

May 11 and 12—Psych-Mental Health

All courses are held for two days from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Community Campus. Qualification and registration information is forthcoming. For more information please contact Barbara LaCasse at lacasseb@upstate.edu.


Upstate opens state-of-the-art simulation center to enhance patient safety and improve quality

Story from UpOnline

Upstate Medical University has opened a new $11 million teaching center that will simulate real-time responses to medical emergencies—in the ICU, labor and delivery, the operating room and in any setting where health care is delivered.

The aim of the Upstate Simulation Center is to improve patient safety and patient care, as well as build highly-trained multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

This new and sophisticated learning environment, totaling about 8,600 square feet will become a hub of teaching and training for students from all areas of the health professions. The center will also be dedicated to improving the competency of health care providers as well as training them in new techniques. Read more.


Celebrating alumni promotions at Upstate University Hospital

Congratulations to alumna Nancy Towne, MHA, BSN '99, RN as the newly appointed deputy nursing director of perioperative services at Upstate's Community Campus and procedural services (both campuses). Nancy returned to Upstate Nursing in March of 2017 as associate director of procedural services and became interim director for perioperative services at Community in January of 2018. In Nancy’s current role she will continue to oversee the operating rooms at Community, the Surgery Center, PACU, Patient Testing Center, and Central Sterile. She will also continue to oversee the procedural areas at both campuses including radiology, endoscopy, AP1/ODS, Intraoperative MRI, vascular access, and hemodialysis. She will now also oversee the Family Birth Center at Community Campus. Nancy has over 20 yeas of nursing leadership experience. Nancy has a masters degree from SUNY Institute of Technology and a bachelors degree in nursing from SUNY Upstate College of Nursing.

Todd Schuler, RN, BSN '18, assumed the role of interim Nurse Manager for the Pediatric ED. Todd started in the Pediatric ED in August 2015. In September of 2017, Todd was promoted to Clinical Leader, then promoted to Assistant Nurse Manager in January 2019. He has been learning all aspects of the manager role since January. Congratulations, Todd!

Scott Jessie MS '07, RN, NEA-BC has been named executive director of Nursing. Jessie previously served as nursing director for emergency services for both Upstate University Hospital campuses. In this newly expanded role, Jessie will oversee emergency nursing, administrative supervisors, poison control, triage and transfer, transitions in care and nursing business operations, discharge hospitality center, ambulance transport service, patient transitions, capacity and staffing resource and response for nursing.