Quality health care in New York State social service facilities depends on the availability of an educated workforce. According to the NYS Department of Labor, over 5,200 new registered nurses are needed each year to fill expected job vacancies due to industry growth and replacement of RNs exiting the workforce. To meet this demand, the supply of RNs in the state must be dramatically increased. Current health care workers who have access to grant funds to help with educational expenses, including books and clinical supplies, and a support system to help them throughout their educational journey are more likely to pursue studies leading to licensure than those who do not.
Through a grant program funded by the New York State Department of Health PDP works with partner state agencies to make nursing education more accessible to the current workforce. Together with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) PDP helps shape a nursing workforce prepared to meet the needs of partner agency populations, bolster the numbers of staff available to fill nursing positions, alleviate the shortage of nurses qualified to fill nurse leadership positions, and improve the ability of agencies to recruit and retain experienced RN staff.