TULSA, Oklahoma. – A profession frequently in demand is the nurse.
The shortage goes beyond the pandemic and continues into 2021, now, in hopes of alleviating the critical need, a new effort is launched in Oklahoma.
The state has revamped its refresher course for nurses without an active license. The skills-based program is partly online. It can also be done in less than half the time it usually takes.
“We are, of course, in an unprecedented situation,” said Lara Morris, state manager of the health career training program for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
However, it is not just the pandemic that is wreaking havoc on the number of nurses. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, a significant segment of the nursing workforce is approaching retirement.
âAs the baby boomers retired, we were going to need more nurses for over 10 years. We talked about it, âMorris said. âWe’ve had committees, we’ve had people working, we’ve expanded our nursing programs, but at the end of the day we still don’t have enough people to fill the field.â
They hope that the new course will be the saving grace. Morris said he has already received hundreds of interested calls.
âWe really know that there are a lot of people out there who want to help and fulfill their destiny as nurses,â she said.
The state reduced the price of the course by $ 600. It is now $ 2,000. Hillcrest HealthCare System‘s communications department said it would consider covering costs for future employees.
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