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Upstate Medical University tackles shortage of home health aides, nurses by offering summer program for high schoolers

There’s a major need for home health aides and nurses.

By 2025 it’s expected that the shortage of home health aides alone will exceed 400,000. While the shortage of nurses approaches 30,000.

Upstate Medical University is starting a program with Syracuse City Schools to help fix that problem.


However, it will probably not be enough.

The program is called “Jump Into Healthcare” and is a 4.5 week intensive summer program allowing students to explore a range of health-related careers.

Officials at Upstate say the goal of the program is to take students through an engaging curriculum while exposing them to different medical careers.

“Rather than being didactic where we have an instructor lecturing, we have a case that drives their learning, so they get a little snippet of information and then look up all the terms they don’t know and try to figure out what it means, what they know and what they don’t know, and then they get another snippet of information,” Katherine Beissner, dean of Upstate Medical College of Health Professions told WSYR-TV. “They get to look at what on earth those lab values mean and what’s normal, what’s abnormal, and progress through that.”



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