April 18, 2017

Partnership will increase nurses trained

More nurses will be trained with a new partnership between Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and University Hospitals.

Introduced at the March 30 Cleveland State University Board of Trustees meeting, this partnership attempts to address the shortage of nurses in Northeast Ohio and the shortage of nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Cleveland State President Ronald Berkman said the partnership will help nursing students.

“This is exactly the kind of partnership that we have really for years attempted to develop both as a workforce development mechanism [and] a partnership,” Berkman said. “[It’s] a mechanism that provides [an] opportunity for the students to learn a culture, become a part of a culture, and turn that into a job…”

According to Cleveland State’s School of Nursing website, the partnership will allow students to complete a four-year BSN program at Cleveland State with University Hospitals as the primary partner for clinical placement, or to obtain a BSN at Cleveland State through the RN to BSN partnership with Tri-C, or complete a RN refresher program at Cleveland State.

According to Timothy Gaspar, Ph.D., the dean of Cleveland State’s School of Nursing, the goal for the partnership is to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared professional nurses.

By the year 2020, there will be a shortage of about 3,500 nurses in Northeast Ohio if nothing is done to address the problem, according to Gaspar.

Gaspar also said that roughly 300 to 400 openings are available now for registered nurses – something he says will not go away.

In a report from the task force on affordability, the board heard a report from Provost Jianping Zhu, Ph.D., about how the university is attempting to reduce textbook costs for students.

Zhu said Cleveland State is the first university in the state to join the national open textbook network, which can reduce costs on textbooks for students.

He explained that the university will attempt to reduce textbook costs by offering open and free-access material from faculty to the students and to offer e-books at the library. E-books, which the library purchases through OhioLINK, are free for students to use.

Cleveland State is also now offering a bachelor’s degree in Dance. According to Lynn Deering, the director of dance and chair of Cleveland State’s theatre and dance department, the dance major has two tracks: performance and dance in the community. She said the university, with its urban campus, is a center for dance.


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