Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, to receive honorary degree at Upstate Medical University Commencement

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, a leader in health care policy and nursing development, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree from the State University of New York at Upstate Medical University Commencement Sunday, May 17 at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center, Oncenter Complex, 800 S. State St., Syracuse.  Read more...


Upstate University Hospital’s Community and Downtown campuses will hold RN Career Fairs in March, providing on-site interviews for positions in Med/Surg, Orthopedics, Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Transitional Care Unit and Perioperative Departments. Tours of the units will be provided. The fairs will be held Tuesday, March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the main lobby of Community Campus, and Monday, March 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kinney Foundation Performance Center, 11th floor, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.


Loretto will be filling approximately 130 positions at its 21 locations in Central New York. Some positions do require some experience in the field. There are opportunities in three care areas: skilled nursing, assisted living and home and community-based services. Loretto will be hiring RNs, LPNs, certified nursing assistants (training is available), certified home health aides (training is available), home care supervisors, food services workers, facility & environment services, and many others. The job fair will be held Thursday, March 12 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Destiny USA (3rd Level Canyon Area between Toby Keith’s and Revolutions).  More details on job opportunities at Loretto may be found at


The New York State Primary Care Service Corps (PCSC) is a state and federally funded program that provides loan repayment to non-physician clinicians who commit to practicing in the State’s Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in return for a two- or four-year service obligation. Eligible clinicians include general and pediatric dentists and dental hygienists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants providing primary care, certified nurse midwives, clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors.

Details of the program, including an application, can be found at

Please note the following important dates:

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis between January 31, 2015 and March 31, 2015;
  • A webinar for applicants will be held on January 6th, 2015 at 10:00AM. Interested parties must register for the webinar by 5:00PM on December 31, 2014 at;
  • Questions from Webinar will be posted on or about January 14, 2015.


Fay Whitney, PhD, RN, FAAN, a national leader and advocate for advanced nursing practice, and her husband Roy, have given $50,000 – the largest contribution in the history of the Upstate Medical University College of Nursing – to establish The Whitney Lectureship Endowment for the College of Nursing at Upstate Medical University.

“Dr. Whitney's generous gift enables the College to invite nationally recognized speakers to campus, which will expose our students to important national trends that are essential to health care,” Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel commented. “The lectures will ensure our students at Upstate and the surrounding community will hear directly from the most innovative and influential thought leaders across the country, and thereby have similar student experiences to those at Penn, Vanderbilt or Harvard.”

Whitney describes the Lectureship as “an exciting adventure into the future” and invites alumni to join her. The Alumni Association has pledged to match her gift to bring the endowment total to $100,000. Working with the Upstate Foundation, the Nursing Alumni Office reports that about 60 percent of the goal has been secured.

Deep Ties with Upstate

After raising their three children, Fay restarted her nursing career in the 1970s, earning her master’s degree at Syracuse University (SU) and working as an NP at University Hospital. She was named director of Upstate’s four-track NP program where she developed a rich collaboration between the hospital and health sciences colleges, encouraging interprofessional education before it was even known by that name. She served until 1983 when the program closed due to loss of funding. The program graduated more than 300 NPs for primary and critical care practice.

In the next decade, Fay earned a Doctorate at SU and was named by the nation's largest health-related philanthropic organization to its first class of Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholars. She was awarded more than $3 million in grants to support the beginning of the Nurse Practitioner movement and worked to pass laws in New York so NP graduates could practice.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Whitney helped build Adult, Gerontology, Pediatric, Psychiatric, Occupational Health and Acute Care NP programs that graduated about 500 NPs.  She conducted gerontology and stroke research and helped start many NP managed clinics in the Philadelphia area. She has held the prestigious title of Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) for 26 years.

Relocating to Wyoming in 1992, Whitney distinguished herself as a clinical practitioner, nurse educator, researcher and leader. She founded the Whitney Health and Wellness Center for elderly patients in Laramie and is ProfessorEmeritus at the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.

In 2011, Upstate’s College of Nursing awarded Whitney the Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of her work to lay the foundation for today’s Nurse Practitioner program.

“Upstate is, and always has been, part of my professional integrity,” Whitney commented. “I hold strong memories of that formative time which became the basic platform of my practice and my career. The Upstate nursing program helped shape the new movement in Advanced Nursing Care in the east,” she continued. “Upstate has been pivotal in bringing nurses and programs together to change the landscape of practice in rural, underserved areas across this city and state.”

Click here to give to The Whitney Lectureship for the College of Nursing or call 315-464-4416.  To designate your Community Giving donation, use fund number 613-74250.

With Distinction blog features Upstate students

Upstate Medical University students do great things on campus, down the street and around the world. They raise money for a fellow student whose home burned down, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, give up their winter break to help at clinics and orphanages in Haiti.  Our students are a wonderful blend of talents, ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.  Where can you find out more about them?  Check out our With Distinction blog at

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