News and Stories

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.


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!


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.


Congratulations are in order!

Scott Jessie MS '07, RN, NEA-BC will begin a new role as Executive Director of Nursing effective March 22. Scott currently serves as the nursing director for emergency services across both of our campuses. Please welcome Scott into this role that will be pivotal to Upstate Nursing’s journey to continued success in staffing models enabling high RN engagement and effectively meeting bed capacity needs. Scott’s prior role with critical care and emergency nursing, his strong nursing identity and data driven approach will be an asset for our institution and continue to position Upstate to meet our patient care needs for the region.


Online Bachelor of Science Program

The Future of Nursing is Taking Shape Now


Research has shown patients do better when cared for by RNs who have earned a Bachelor of Science. Upstate Medical University’s Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is an opportunity for Registered Nurses to improve their skills and expand their  horizons in health care.

The Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing offers unprecedented flexibility for full-time and part-time students, including working nurses.

Questions? Email or call 315-464-4570    Read more!


Nursing student to present research at Australia conference

Story by Jim McKeever. Follow him at

  Upstate nurse Taylor Solak, BS, RN, CCRN, will present her research this month at an international conference in Melbourne, Australia. Taylor is a graduate student pursuing her Nurse Practitioner master's degree in the College of Nursing. Photo by Robert Mescavage.

Taylor Solak, BS, RN, CCRN, a master’s degree student in the College of Nursing, will travel to Australia this month to present her research on Upstate’s collaborative efforts to boost its number of bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) prepared nurses.

Taylor, an Upstate employee on the burn intensive care unit, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Upstate in 2017 and is pursuing a master’s degree in the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. 

The College of Nursing Alumni Association provided financial support for Taylor’s travel. Read more.


Upstate focus of collaboration with SU is sleeping infants in neonatal intensive care unit


Associate Professor Karen Klingman, RN, PhD, holds a doll that was used in the project with SU bioengineering students to design a sensor that monitors infant sleep positions.

—Story provided by Syracuse University

Premature newborns often require special care from nurses in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as their tiny bodies develop. Nurses want babies to sleep on their backs before they go home, but while they are in the NICU, Associate Professor Karen Klingman from Upstate Medical University’s College of Nursing says newborns often need to be repositioned to aid their growth.  read more 


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.

Read more!

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.

Read more.


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

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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.