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hospital mentors and internships. Hutchenrider said he is proud of how the program shows prospective students what to expect if they pur- sue the eld. “We want to feed that pipeline from high school that then goes on and stays with health care,” he said. “But we also want to make sure that they know what health care is all about.” Retention in the eld Hospitals are also working on retaining sta to grow their contin- ued workforce, said Kelly Martin, vice president of human resources for Texas Health Resources. “Retaining employees, especially during the taxing times we’ve expe- rienced in the pandemic, means systems must treat employees well [and] provide opportunities for career growth and resources to help care for their physical and mental health,” Martin said. Incredible Health is a stang rm that partners with hospitals and health systems to help nurses get hired. It analyzed data from more than 400,000 nurse proles in its system

and surveyed more than 2,500 regis- tered nurses in the U.S. in February. Data from the survey showed 34% of nurses reported it is very likely they will quit their job by the end of this year. Of the nurses surveyed, 44% cited burnout and a high-stress environ- ment as the reason for their desire to leave their jobs. Methodist Richardson is trying to make a “community” of full-time employees to help with retention at the hospital, Hutchenrider said. How- ever, industry stang shortages are likely to last, as he said there is no quick solution. “We’re working very collaboratively with all of the nursing schools to encourage them to open up as many slots as they can, but it’s still a long process,” Hutchenrider said. “You’re talking [about] three to four years to get them through the pipeline, and then even when they come out, they have to be put through residency.”




WCU-Texas, which launched in January, provides nursing education opportunities in the metroplex.

The Chicago School oers degrees and specializations in the medical eld to help students nd their career path. Three programs in nursing are oered



2022-23 planned enrollment

2021 graduates in nursing degrees across WCU system

Students graduated in 2021-22


Vocational Nursing Program This program is designed for students to learn the essentials to begin a career providing general nursing care in a variety of health care settings. Associate Degree in Nursing Program This program is designed for students to be prepared for the registered nursing licensing exam. Vocational to Registered Nursing Transition This program will allow licensed vocational nurses to be academically prepared to become registered nurses. It can reduce up to six months from the traditional associate degree program. 11 12

The school oers multiple programs in the medical industry. • Bachelor of Science in Nursing • Licensed Vocational Nurse to bachelor’s degree • Registered Nurse to bachelor’s degree (online) or master’s degree (online) • Doctor of Nursing Practice (online) • Master of Science in Nursing (online)/ post-master’s certicate (online). Both oer specialties, such as nurse leader, nurse educator, nursing informatics and nurse practitioner for family, primary care, acute care or psychiatric-mental health.



Sawyer-McGee said members of The Chicago School’s admissions team collaborates with local high schools and other organizations to nd students interested in the eld. Methodist Richardson is also trying

to build interest among high school students through the use of its Health Science partnership with Richardson ISD. The program is designed to give RISD students knowledge and expe- rience in the workforce and provide

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