Focus on Nursing


nursing students perform a practice exercise

The SUNY Adirondack Nursing program helps local healthcare providers find qualified professionals to meet the growing demand for nurses in the region.

Program supports healthy community

The SUNY Adirondack Nursing program has educated many of the region’s top healthcare professionals, and the program continues to evolve to meet the high-tech demands on the healthcare industry.

“The SUNY Adirondack nursing faculty prepare students to meet the challenges of working in today’s rapidly changing healthcare system, and our graduates are making a difference for this community,” said Kim Hedley, Health Sciences division chair and associate professor of Nursing.

The college’s Nursing program is approved by the New York State Board of Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, a prestigious national accreditation that ensures a rigorous and quality program of study.

“Our graduates bring state-of-the-art experiences to their positions and value lifelong learning,” Hedley said. “They are prepared to promote patient-centered care, advocate for the patient and their family and collaborate with members of the healthcare team to ensure the patient receives safe, quality care.”


Did you know?

  • 100% of 2018 SUNY Adirondack Nursing graduates were employed after graduation.
  • The 2019 YTD pass rate for SUNY Adirondack Nursing students who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses for the first time is 94.19%.


Jennifer Pettis

SUNY Adirondack Nursing alumna Jennifer Pettis plans to use her position as an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to raise awareness of a public health crisis.

Nurse focuses on public health crisis

SUNY Adirondack Nursing graduate Jennifer Pettis has been named an Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer.

“It is a great opportunity to share my interest and my passion with the senator and his staff and to move the priorities of the Alzheimer's Association ahead,” Pettis said. “There are 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to more than double by 2050. Alzheimer’s disease is a public health crisis and the nation’s most costly disease.”

Alzheimer’s Ambassadors are grassroots volunteers for the Alzheimer's Impact Movement, the advocacy arm of the Alzheimer's Association. Pettis works to advance policies to overcome Alzheimer's disease through increased investment in research, enhanced care and improved support.

Pettis, a native of Greenwich who now lives in Clifton Park, is the associate director of the long-term care program of Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), which is part of New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing. After graduating with a degree in Nursing from SUNY Adirondack, she earned a bachelor’s in Health Care Management and a master’s in Nursing Education from SUNY Empire State College.

“I had a lot of wonderful career opportunities with my SUNY Adirondack degree, and, of course, it afforded me a smooth transition to continue my education in the SUNY system,” she said.

Pettis has more than 25 years of healthcare experience as a nurse, nurse researcher, educator and consultant working to improve healthcare for older adults, including providing expertise to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


Kathleen Brown
“I loved SUNY Adirondack’s Nursing program. Because it was a small cohort of students, I really got to know my classmates and teachers.” — Kathleen Brown, 2019 Nursing graduate employed at Saratoga Hospital