AVERA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS TO STRENGTHEN NURSING EDUCATION IN PIERRE
Today’s shortage of nurses should not only talk about numbers but also the quality of knowledge/expertise that these medical professionals should imbue. On this situation, many partnerships have bloomed.
Some institutions like Pierre Capital University Center Building Avera Health, the University of South Dakota and Capital University Center have formed new partnership to support training nurses in Pierre.
In a cited report from Dakota Radio Group, Dr. Mikel Holland, President and Chief Medical Officer at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre said, Avera will partner with the University of South Dakota in sharing the costs for offering the local nursing program at CUC over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years.
"I think enrollment has been challenging at the CUC," Holland said. "The program was in some-what jeopardy due to the decreased enrollment. We really found ourselves wanting to collaborate with the School of Nursing to help ensure that that program remains in central South Dakota, remains here in Pierre at CUC. So we're actually collaborating with them to make sure the program remains and stays open and really I think trains nurses for our system and for the surrounding communities. A lot of the small, rural community hospitals in central South Dakota relies on that program to recruit nurses."
Holland added, Avera has a long history in education.
"Remember, our founding members of our organization -- the Sisters that came to the central part of the state in the 1800s -- came to do education, ended up doing hospital work," he said. "The USD School of Nursing has a program here at CUC. The nurses and the nurse students have had a long collaboration with St. Mary's doing their clinical rotations -- it's been a good collaboration over the years."
These new partnerships would deliver improved and expanded technical education (under graduate and graduate level degree) and certificate and community education programs in both face-to-face and online formats to facilitate the educational needs of central South Dakota.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ is in support with these partnerships to facilitate educational needs of training nurses in Pierre. The institute believes that rising numbers of nurses in the workforce could be insignificant if these medical professionals cannot perform well in their chosen field.
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