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Upstate Foundation supports professional development of Upstate nurses

The Upstate Foundation’s Nursing Association Memberships Fund has supported 45 memberships in a variety of professional nursing organizations to boost the advancement of Upstate nurses.

The Nursing Association Memberships Fund, created in 2020, focuses on the professional development of nursing staff across the Upstate system, with the guidance of Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page, MSN, RN, NEA-BC.

Page says these Foundation-funded memberships not only help advance and educate our nurses, they also move Upstate toward the goal of achieving the certification requirements necessary to maintain the newly-achieved Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“Nursing associations, like all professional associations, offer opportunities for continued education, training, sharing of best practices, networking with peers, and recognition of achievement. On behalf of all of the nurses here at Upstate, I thank the Upstate Foundation for this support and its inherent recognition of the professionalism of our nursing staff,” said Page.

The fund, created at the bequest of a donor and coordinated by Nicole Harf, BSN, RN, professional development and nursing excellence coordinator, has paid for memberships in organizations such as the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association and Pediatric Trauma Society, and the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders.

Eileen Pezzi, vice president for development at Upstate, says supporting all aspects of education across a myriad professions—including nursing—is a key part of the Foundation’s mission.

“The Upstate Foundation is pleased to provide this funding to further the careers, education and advancement of our hardworking nurses through memberships in the associations important to them,” said Pezzi.

In addition to the Nursing Association Memberships Fund #28900, more than 75 nursing funds support Upstate Nursing in a variety of ways, including:

Nursing Professional Development Fund #28950 – To support the Nursing Department Clinical Advancement Program, nursing professional development, and nursing research.

Nursing Recognition Fund #290 – To support recognition of nursing excellence.

Nancy A. Lyon Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund #67505 – To provide scholarships for the College of Nursing.

Dean M. Janice Nelson Nursing Scholarship Endowment #687 – To provide scholarships for nursing students.

Nursing General Scholarship Endowment #69300 – To provide scholarships for students in the College of Nursing.

Nursing Alumni Association Founders Endowment #69301 – To provide scholarships for nursing students with a preference to students who are working while attending the Upstate College of Nursing. 

The Whitney Lectureship Endowment #74250 – To provide for an annual nursing education lecture.

To donate to one of the funds that supports Upstate Nursing, visit Upstate Foundation or give through the Foundation’s annual Employee Giving Program.

For more information, contact Bethann Kistner at kistnerb@upstate.edu.