From high levels of burnout to low pay, New York City finds itself in a nursing staffing shortage amid a marathon COVID-19 pandemic.
By 2030, there is a projected shortage of more than 39,000 registered nurses in New York, according to a recent report by the New York State Department of Health. One solution, developed by the city’s Department of Small Businesses Services (SBS) — in collaboration with Lehman and LaGuardia colleges — is to train internationally educated nurses to buoy the city’s ailing workforce.
In May, Lehman College will launch a new cohort of the NCLEX-RN Training Program, beginning with an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Bridge for 25 participants. The educational program will assist internationally trained nurses with improving their English language skills, and obtaining licensure and employment as registered nurses in New York City.
SBS and the NYC Welcome Back Center at LaGuardia Community College have offered the NCLEX-RN Training Program in partnership since 2011. For the first time, the program will allow participants schedule flexibility as LaGuardia will offer a part-time evening program for 40 participants and Lehman College will offer a full-time daytime program for 20 participants.
The new initiative is a part of Mayor Eric Adams’ Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent: A Blueprint for NYC’s Economic Recovery, which is put in place to steer an ecumenic recovery two years out from the pandemic.
“By growing this training program, New York City is proving our commitment to helping immigrant communities,” said Kevin D. Kim, SBS commissioner. “Not only does this program help increase the number of registered nurses in our city but it also makes good-paying jobs accessible to immigrant New Yorkers who qualify.”
- Be an English Language Learner.
- Have a high-intermediate level of spoken English.
- Have a nursing degree from a non-English speaking country.
- Be a New York City resident and legally authorized to work in the U.S.
- Submit nursing license verification application to CGFNS International and state Education Department.
- Make no more than $40,000 annually, if employed.
- Have reliable internet and access to a computer to use during the training program.
- Be vaccinated against COVID-19, with the exception of those with an approved accommodation.
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