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Feb. 15, 2012

Tackling the Clinical Bottleneck

Oklahoma City — A bottleneck exists in the system that educates and trains the next generation of nurses and other health care workers. The lack of openings for students to perform their required clinical rotations constricts the number of students that can be accepted into programs. This bottleneck hinders the ability of schools to increase the supply of these crucial workers. The Clinical Hub, a new Web-based software system for scheduling and managing clinical students, was designed by the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center to help schools find more openings and maximize their use.

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Source: i2E, Oklahoma's Advanced Technology Magazine

Feb. 7, 2012

OHCWC's Clinical Hub Maximizes Student Potential

OK — The old way of scheduling medical students doesn’t provide enough specific information about who’s doing what and where, said Jim Durbin, executive director of the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center.

The coalition of more than 20 health care industry organizations, as an outcome of efforts to identify key health workforce concerns, has developed an alternative system called Clinical Hub, an Internet-based software product to make sure student potential isn’t being wasted, he said. The system, launched in the fall semester, is already proving popular and successful in the Oklahoma City metro area and officials have plans to expand it as a business to Tulsa later this year.

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Source: The Journal Record, Brian Brus, Staff Writer

Sept. 27, 2010

Summit Targets Remedies for Health Care Workforce Shortages

OK — Three active federal health care reform bills will create dramatic changes before 2018, said University of Oklahoma-Tulsa President Gerry Clancy.

Clancy spoke at a recent health care summit at the Northeastern State University-Muskogee campus. More than 65 top-level educators and health care providers met to validate, prioritize and find remedies for health care workforce shortage issues in eastern/northeastern Oklahoma.

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Source: Muskogee Phoenix, Keith Purtell, Staff Writer

Aug. 5, 2010

Oklahoma to Receive $2.1 Million for Health Professional Training

OK — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that Oklahoma would receive $2.1 million in grants for health care workforce training programs.

The award was part of $159.1 million in grants awarded to states by the agency. They are designed to target three types of programs: nursing workforce development, interdisciplinary geriatric education and training and centers of excellence programs for underrepresented minority students.

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Source: eCapitol News, Erin Boeckman, Managing Editor

July 20, 2010

Chickasaw Nation set to open new medical center

ADA — The $145 million Chickasaw Nation Medical Center opens soon with about 150 new employees and expanded patient services.

The Ada hospital will replace the 52-bed Carl Albert Indian Health Facility, which opened in 1979 to serve American Indians in Oklahoma and surrounding states.

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Source: The Oklahoman, Susan Simpson, Staff Writer

Dec. 7, 2009

Students Explore Health Careers

Oklahoma City — Thanks to a commitment by Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Lawton, and Duncan Regional Hospital, this fall students at Duncan Middle School and Lawton’s MacArthur Middle School students will begin exploring health care careers during an innovative program called HealthExploreTM. The program combines one hour of fun, interactive science education with one hour of health care career exploration.

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Source: The Oklahoma Nurse, a publication of the Oklahoma Nurses Association

Nov. 2, 2009

Middle School Students Learn about Careers in Health Care

Lawton, Okla. — Comanche County Memorial Hospital is teaming up with MacArthur Middle School to teach teenagers more about the health care industry.

About 20 students go after school for a two-hour program to learn about the different body systems, and to take a look at all the possible health care jobs that most people don't know about.

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Source: KSWO, Lawton News Ch. 7

Oct. 27, 2009

Nursing Shortage Includes Teachers

Oklahoma City — Oklahoma not only needs more nurses – it needs more nurses teaching people how to be nurses.

To increase its numbers in both areas, universities, hospitals and organizations are putting several programs into place. Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing has begun a part-time bachelor’s of nursing degree program, catering to people who work or stay home full time. And the Oklahoma Nurses Association is meeting this week to discuss the educational advancement of nurses and how to increase the number of nursing faculty members.

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Source: The Journal Record, April Wilkerson, Staff Writer

Oct. 26, 2009

OK Hospitals Help Students Learn about the Health Care Field

Oklahoma City — Students at two Oklahoma public schools are exploring health care careers with the financial support of their local hospitals. Duncan (OK) Regional Hospital and Lawton’s Comanche County Memorial Hospital have partnered with the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center to sponsor “HealthExplore” at the two schools. The program allows students to explore health care topics and talk to health care professionals.

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Source: American Hospital Association

Sept. 30, 2009

TV News Clip Highlights the PIN Grant Project

Oklahoma City — Oklahoma Horizon TV featured Oklahoma's Partners in Nursing's Future (PIN) project. The story focuses on the shortage of nurses across the state may be due to the fact there's also a shortage of nursing instructors. In addition, the news clip explains how the Oklahoma Healthcare Workforce Center is helping to bridge the financial gap between nurses and their education goals.

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Source: Oklahoma Horizon TV, Russell Jowell

Aug. 4, 2009

Local University Helps Turn Nurses into Teachers

Tulsa — Pamela Stokes finished nursing school four years ago, but she'll be on the other side of the podium in less than two years through the newest nurse educator program in Tulsa and the state.

Southern Nazarene University is one of four Oklahoma-based universities to offer a master of science in nursing degree with the aim of producing more nurse educators in the state. By doing so, more classes should be available to students who want to be nurses.

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Source: Tulsa World, Kim Archer, Staff Writer

July 8, 2009

OCU Plans for Expansion

Oklahoma City — Oklahoma City University is planning a $9.4 million building expansion to its nursing school.

Plans are for the school to add 50,000 square feet to the existing 16,000-square-foot facility.

“We have been expanding and growing so rapidly in terms of students and faculty. We had outgrown our current little building about three years ago,” said Marvel Williamson, dean of the Kramer School of Nursing at OCU.

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Source: The Journal Record, Heather Caliendo, Staff Writer


June 4, 2009

Simulation Labs Give 'Real World' Experience

Oklahoma City — More than 200 health care professionals and educators gathered Wednesday to learn how clinical simulation can improve the medical field.

The Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center sponsored a statewide conference on clinical simulation in education and patient care settings at Integris Baptist Medical Center.

Health care providers attended educational sessions and viewed simulation lab demonstrations.

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Source: The Journal Record, Heather Caliendo, Staff Writer

April 29, 2009

Health Care Worker Shortage Plagues State; Schools Look for Educators

Tulsa — The health care industry in Oklahoma could face a bleak future as the shortage of nurses, therapists and other medical staff continues to plague the state.

“No, I’m not surprised by the numbers,” said Sheryl McLain, executive director of the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center. “If we don’t take bold steps it will be even worse.”

In 2008, OHCWC and the Oklahoma Hospital Association surveyed hospitals in Oklahoma to determine vacancies in health care professions. There are about 1,354 vacancies in hospitals for registered nurses and 308 vacancies for licensed practical nurses.

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Source: The Journal Record, Heather Caliendo, Staff Writer

April 23, 2009

Health Care Jobs Ripe

Tulsa — Faced with a growing shortage of health care workers in the state, the Oklahoma Hospital Association and several health care stakeholders are requesting government funds to bolster health care education and training opportunities, the Tulsa World reports. According to Sheryl McLain, vice president of workforce initiatives for the association, the state is not training enough allied health professionals, such as emergency medical workers, occupational therapists, lab technologists and nurses, to meet demand. Specifically, vacancy rates in the state are at 19 percent for intermediate emergency technicians, 15.2 percent for physical therapists and 10.5 percent for R.N.s, according to a recent report from the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center.

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Source: Tulsa World, Kim Archer, Staff Writer

Feb. 5, 2009

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Establishes National Clearinghouse for Health Workforce Information

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With health care job vacancies reaching crisis levels – including critical shortages of physicians, nurses, and allied health personnel across the country – solutions to address the vacancies can come none too soon.

The new Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC), www.healthworkforceinfo.org, provides information on health workforce solutions in one centralized and easy-to-access online location. Resources available through HWIC’s Web site will help health providers, educators, researchers and policymakers around the nation develop strategies to meet future workforce demands.

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Jan. 26, 2009

Retiring Nurses Leave Nation Suffering from Shortage

Stillwater, Okla. — While many companies are announcing layoffs to survive in today's market, there is one field where employees are in high demand. In fact, by the year 2025, it's projected this profession will be short 500,000 workers. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.

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Jan. 14, 2009

Providers Face Tough Competition for Staff

Ardmore, Okla. — Area health care officials and administrators are taking steps to prepare for a potential nursing shortage while leaving others to fend for themselves.

“There is a national shortage for nurses, and when you talk about nursing, I’m thinking about licensed practical nurses, and there’s a lot of competition out there for nurses in the workforce,” said Brett Coble, administrator of Elmbrook Home, a nursing home in Ardmore. “We’re always looking for good caring people to come join us.”

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Source: The Daily Ardmoreite, Keith Howard, Staff Writer

Jan. 11, 2009

Filling the Gaps in Medical Field: Schools Struggle to Provide Space

Ardmore, Okla. — Nursing classrooms in southern Oklahoma are filled to capacity. The Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, East Central University and Murray State College each offer nursing programs.

“We have always had a large interest in our allied health programs. Programs stay filled and twice as many apply as we have spots for,” said MSC Director of Operations at Ardmore Higher Education Center Lynette Kirk.

MSC allows students to take their general education and basic science classes at the Ardmore Higher Education Center and take nursing classes at the main campus in Tishomingo.

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Source: The Daily Ardmoreite, Jennifer Lindsey, Staff Writer

Jan. 12, 2009

Trained Support Staff Lags in Many Areas

Ardmore, Okla. — While turnover and vacancy rates for nurses are slowly reaching all-time highs, health care officials will also have to address the growing shortage of trained support staff for doctors in others areas as well.

Current workforce shortages are projected to steadily worsen until 2012; registered nursing jobs alone are projected to increase by 15 percent over the next six years, and radiological technology jobs are projected to increase by 26 percent during this same time, reports the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center.

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Source: The Daily Ardmoreite, Keith Howeard, Staff Writer

Nov. 8, 2008

Study Shows Oklahoma Hospitals Have Contributed More Than $30 Million to
Health Care Education

State funds critically needed in order to avert health care workforce shortage crisis, say groups

Oklahoma City — Oklahoma hospitals invest significant dollars to support health care education in order to build the health care workforce, according to a recent study conducted by the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center and the Oklahoma Hospital Association. As the state braces for a severe shortage of health care workers, hospitals in Oklahoma invested $30,119,801 in scholarships, paid internships/externships, employee tuition waivers, clinical supervision of students, faculty positions, and more in order to support nursing and allied health students from 2005-2007. [ Read full press release ]

Sept. 17, 2007

Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center Looks to Solve Workforce Challenges

Oklahoma City —The provision of health care is a two-sided coin. On one side, the mission of health care practitioners is to improve and maintain healthy lifestyles. On the other side, this mission requires a robust cadre of skilled professionals. But both sides of this coin share a similar problem – they’re aging.

However, sounding the alarm that a crisis is coming is a bit like the midnight ride of Paul Revere at this stage of the game – old news. But the good news is that the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center has been laying the groundwork behind the scenes to achieve long-term solutions.

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Source: Oklahoma Business News, Elissa Crocker, Staff Writer



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