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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. 


From Upstate Medical University Interim President, Mantosh Dewan, MD:

Today we formally celebrate Veterans Day and November is being observed as National Veterans and Military Families Month.

Please join me in saluting and thanking the more than 200 veterans and active service members among our faculty, staff, students and volunteers. Collectively they participate in all areas of our teaching, research and patient care missions.

Upstate takes pride in its relationships with the Armed Forces and our activities that improve the lives of those who serve. We are grateful for these opportunities: from our support of training with Fort Drum personnel on Blackhawk medical transports and advanced trauma life support, to our residency and physician relationship with our neighbor the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, to our research in relevant areas of health and wellness.

On behalf of the Upstate community, thank you to our employees, students and alumni who have served our country.

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.

2019 Whitney Lecture

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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.

Three nursing faculty members retire

 Congratulations! Thank you for your integrity and dedication. May all the years ahead bring you great joy and relaxation.

From left, Joyce Scarpinato, DNP, PCPNP-BC, FNP-C '09 -- 16 years of service; Bambi Carkey, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NPP '00 -- 18 years of service; and Helen Clancy, DNP, MBA LNHA -- 5 years of service.




Congratulations to Courtney Amedro, CPNP '09


Courtney Amedro, CPNP '09 (left) and Nursing Alumni Director Mary Knepper

Physicians aren’t the only ones who receive gratitude from patients for National Doctors' Day. Courtney Amedro, left, is a Pediatric NP and 2009 alumna. Alumni Director Mary Knepper was proud to deliver a recognition certificate and patient tribute to Courtney in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in March.



From Cuba, with a love of nursing

Story by Charles McChesney. Follow him at http://blogs.upstate.edu/withdistinction/author/mcchesnc/

 If Elizabeth Gonzalez had to do it again, she would have become a nurse the first time around.

Gonzalez, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Upstate Medical University College of Nursing, studied medicine and became a doctor in her native Cuba.

Seeking a new life, she emigrated to the United States 10 years ago, knowing the medical credentials earned in the communist island nation would not be honored in her new country. “I was prepared. I knew I had to start from the beginning.” Read More


Endowed scholarship honors Carol E. Dawson, PNP 

The College of Nursing Alumni Association announced the renaming of one of its nearly 30 endowed scholarships to honor a recently retired, and highly respected, pediatric nurse practitioner. The scholarship will now be called the Carol Edwards Dawson, PNP, Scholarship Endowment for Advanced Practice Nursing.

 Established in 2011, the scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a Nurse Practitioner degree at Upstate’s College of Nursing, with a preference to a student studying pediatrics. The endowment has grown significantly since inception and the original donors felt it was appropriate to rename it in order to recognize the accomplishments of an exceptional Upstate PNP.

For years Carol worked as the pediatric nurse practitioner for Dr. George Alfieris, the director of the pediatric cardiac surgical service at Upstate Medical University. Under his direction and in conjunction with the pediatric cardiologists and intensivists at Upstate, Carol coordinated the day-to-day intensive care and subsequent convalescent care of every pediatric cardiac surgical patient. She trained many pediatric nurses how to sharpen their intensive care nursing skills and to improve their understanding of heart problems in children. In addition, she was there for the family of each patient to prepare, support and console them before, during and after the operation. Carol exemplified what a vital role a pediatric nurse practitioner could play in the care of children with heart disease.

Gifts to honor Carol, and help grow the scholarship endowment, may be made at any time online at https://www.upstatefoundation.org/Nursing_Give or by contacting the Nursing Alumni Association at 315-464-4416.