Jul 29, 2011 -
MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – Nurse interns from the University of Connecticut School of Nursing are attending a 10-week summer internship program at Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN). The program, which runs from June 6 through August 12, promotes the success and retention of new graduates in their first staff-level positions. “We are happy that all the interns have decided to continue on at ECHN during the upcoming school year in a per diem capacity as nurse aides,” says Rosanna Colangelo, MS, RN, CNE, Clinical Faculty, ECHN/University of Connecticut School of Nursing.
According to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ report on 2010-2011 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing, U.S. nursing schools turned away 67,563 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2010 due to an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors, and budget constraints. Almost two-thirds of the nursing schools responding to the survey pointed to faculty shortages as a reason for not accepting all qualified applicants into entry-level baccalaureate programs. ECHN is proud to have one of its nurses assigned as a faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing and to serve as a clinical site. “Our preceptors are nurses at Rockville General Hospital and Manchester Memorial Hospital who recognize the value of this special role,” says Colangelo.
The ECHN Summer Internship Program for Student Nurses is made possible through the support of a grant from the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF). This is the fourth year that CWEALF has supported the program.
(l-r) Christopher Rago (ICU/MMH), Kirstie Albert (ICU/RGH), Amanda Sullivan (Bissell II/RGH), Julie VanNieuwenhuyze (3 North/MMH), and Rosanna Colangelo, MS, RN, CNE, Clinical Faculty, ECHN/University of Connecticut School of Nursing.