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Childress Regional Medical Center partners with UTA to tackle nursing shortage

Amarillo KFDA-TV logo Amarillo KFDA-TV 1/13/2021 Kaitlin Johnson
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CHILDRESS, Texas (KFDA) - The Childress Regional Medical Center will partner with the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation to offer prospective nursing students the opportunity to stay in the community.

The partnership is part of an effort to tackle the nursing shortage in rural communities.

“I am thrilled at the idea of working with the UTA CONHI in such a way as to bring a BSN degree program to our rural community. And as exciting as it is for both the University and our Medical Center, the real joy of it all is for the students it will benefit. Because these students can stay in their rural communities while getting their degree, the program will offer life changing opportunities to those who might not otherwise be able to chase their dreams, to get a college degree, to become a nurse. That warms my heart and motivates me in ways that I cannot even describe,” said SuLynn Mester, Chief Nursing Officer at Childress Regional Medical Center.

The nursing shortage in Texas impacts underserved rural areas where expanded nursing roles are needed most, according to a news release.

“UT Arlington is excited to be able to offer clinical experiences for the BSN program at Childress Regional Medical Center,” said Pam White, UTA AO BSN Program Manager - Remote Sites. “We hope our partnership will become a new model of providing nursing education in rural areas where access to baccalaureate level programs may be challenging. We are pleased with the outpouring of support for the program from the community, the administration, and the staff of Childress Regional Medical Center and look forward to working collaboratively with this site for years to come.”

The 15-month program will consist of online coursework and clinic experiences that take place at the Childress Regional Medical Center.

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