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Career Fair for NP students!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Dinosaur Barbeque

5pm - 8pm

Attend this annual career-planning event to meet with representatives from leading healthcare organizations across the country. Residents and fellows in all years of training and all medical specialties are encouraged to attend. A complimentary buffet will be served.

For guests arriving at 5pm or later, complimentary parking is available in the gated lot located across the street from the venue. Please let the lot attendant know you are attending an event upstairs at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.  More details!


New York governor signs BSN in 10 into law for nurses

Why is New York so important?  There are 297,331 RNs with a license in New York.  That is 8% of all RNs in the U.S. This one state will set a precedent for others attempting to pass similar.  The American Nurses Association House of Delegates adopted a motion in 1964 supporting baccalaureate education as educational foundation for the registered nurse, and reconfirmed that position in 2000.

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College of Nursing receives $1.8 million federal grant to meet a community need

From left, Bambi Carkey, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NPP; Alice Boyce; Joyce Scarpinato, DNP, PCPNP-BC, FNP-C; and Karen Klingman, PHD, RN.

A four-year grant of more than $1.8M to the College of Nursing at Upstate Medical University from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be used to increase the number of family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (FPMHNP) in rural communities and in medically underserved communities, such as Syracuse.

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I Remember

Alumna Bambi Carkey, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NPP (MS ’00), College of Nursing clinical assistant professor and director of Clinical Affairs wrote the following poem and dedicated it to the Class of 2016.
I Remember

I remember my first, last clinical course!!!
Oh God thank you, I prayed, I never have to take another clinical course again!!!

I Remember, that was so long ago, older than my children, and I am sure older than most of you
who are graduating today.

I Remember, two Master’s and a Doctoral degree, and so many more clinical courses later...
I Remember… and, Today, I Remember You!
Eager to learn, anxious, confident, and so, so wanting that fast track to Graduation.

I Remember, your calls each day of that first clinical course,
“Am I in the right clinical? Will I learn what I need to know? Am I OK here?”
“Am I, am I, am I?”
I Remember my mantra: “You are in the right place, You will get what you need, and,
You will be just fine! You will, you will, you will!!!
Oh yes, I Remember!

I Remember Theories -- Scientific Theories Nursing Theories, Systems Theory, and Theories of Human
Growth and Development, and
I Remember Systems -- Body Systems, Family Systems, Organizational Systems,
And Health Care Systems!

I Remember Chief complaints and HPIs and
PMH’s & EKGs, LFTs, MRIs, MSEs and so many other diagnostic screens,
and so much more alphabet soup!
Oh yes, I Remember!

I Remember heart sounds and lung sounds, and cries of pain and sighs of relief,
the joy of laughter, and the tapping of fingers flying over the keyboard late at night
in order to get that assignment in!
I Remember!

I Remember readings, discussion boards, reflective journals, presentations,
scholarly papers (oh those papers), OSCES (yes, the dreaded) OSCES
Oh yes, I Remember!!!

I Remember the DNP Project, the clinical hours, the IRB, the re-writes, the meeting with your
Committee, the re-writes, the re-writes, and finally, the pride of completion!
I do Remember!!!

And one day, just like the DNP graduates who are here today…
You will Remember that this might be your first, last clinical course, after all!






With Distinction blog features Upstate students

Upstate Medical University students do great things on campus, down the street and around the world. They raise money for a fellow student whose home burned down, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, give up their winter break to help at clinics and orphanages in Haiti.  Our students are a wonderful blend of talents, ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.  Where can you find out more about them?  Check out our With Distinction blog at

When was the last time you visited the JOB OPPORTUNITIES page?

Whether you're an employer looking for the best-qualified applicants or you're looking to make a change in your own employment situation, the alumni association's Job Board is an excellent resource.