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Title: Health Care Opportunities Delta Workforce Investment Area Summer Nurse Extern Program


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Health Care OpportunitiesDelta Workforce
Investment AreaSummer Nurse Extern Program
  • DOL Recovering Americas Youth Summit
  • Dallas, Texas
  • December 1, 2009
  • Mitzi Woods, WIA Director
  • Delta Workforce Investment Area

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Delta Workforce Investment Area
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MISSISSIPPI OFFICE OF NURSING WORKFORCE
  • Established in 1996 by Mississippi Legislature
  • Robert Wood Johnson grant Colleagues in Caring
  • Purpose Developing a nursing workforce able to
    carry out the scope of service and leadership
    tasks required of the profession by promoting a
    strong educational infrastructure between nursing
    practice and nursing education.

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MISSISSIPPI OFFICE OF NURSING WORKFORCE
  • Recognized as the authentic voice of the
    healthcare workforce community
  • Focuses on the recruitment and retention of
    nurses and solutions to the nursing shortage
  • Collects, analyzes, and disseminates nursing
    workforce supply and demand data.

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SUMMER STUDENT NURSE EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  • Jointly sponsored by the MHA Organization for
    Nurse Executives and the MS Council of Deans
    Directors of Schools of Nursing
  • In existence for over 20 years
  • Statewide Initiative

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WHY DID WE DO IT?
  • 50 of new graduates leave their first job within
    6 months
  • Hospital staff report new graduates who have
    completed an extern program have stronger
    clinical skills, confidence, and a smoother
    transition from student to new graduate.
  • In 2007, 28 students were offered extern
    experiences and successfully completed the
    program in 5 Delta hospitals by leveraging funds
    through the Delta Health Alliance Initiative. The
    hospitals project hiring 23 (82) of these
    externs upon graduation, therefore retaining
    these nurses in the Delta.

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OBJECTIVES OF THE EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  • Provide students in nursing with an opportunity
    to enhance previously learned skills under the
    supervision of experienced registered nurses in
    the healthcare setting
  • Assist students of nursing to experience
    acceptance in a work situation appropriate to
    their potential as future registered nurses

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OBJECTIVES OF THE EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  • Prepare students to assume responsibilities of
    full-time employees with respect to performance
    requirements, policies, and procedures of a
    health care agency
  • Encourage retention of nursing graduates through
    provision of supplemental practice experience
    within the workplace.

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PARTICIPANTS
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  • The Externship Program is offered cooperatively
    between local hospitals and area schools of
    nursing throughout the state.

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Offered to students after successful completion
    of year one in nursing school
  • Lasts 8 weeks or 320 hours _at_ 8 to 10 per hour
  • Earn college credit
  • Classroom learning and clinical orientation with
    a Registered Nurse (Preceptor)
  • Hands on experience
  • Earn a paycheck

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BENEFITS
  • Student
  • Practice Skills
  • Observe
  • Experience real life as a nurse
  • Future job opportunity
  • Hospital
  • Excellent Recruitment Tool
  • Promote Retention
  • Supports budget
  • Nurses contribute to the education of students
  • School
  • Ongoing learning for the student
  • Successful completion of nursing school

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PARTNERSHIP
  • Delta WIA
  • ONW
  • Local Youth
  • MHA-ONE
  • MS Council of Deans
  • and Directors of Schools
  • of Nursing
  • Delta area hospitals

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PARTNERSHIP WITH SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM - ARRA
  • Using ARRA SY funds, a contract was established
    with MHA - ONW to implement the Extern Program.
  • With the economy still on a slippery slope, many
    hospitals would not have been able to participate
    this year if not for the SY program.
  • Delta WIA assisted ONW with orientation,
    certification of eligibility and completion of
    the necessary enrollment data.
  • ONW developed agreements with area hospitals and
    provided monitoring and oversight.

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OUTCOMES
  • 19 Delta youth received benefits from Youth
    Stimulus Funds through the following hospitals
  • Delta Regional Medical Center
  • North Sunflower Medical Center
  • Greenwood Leflore Hospital
  • Bolivar Medical Center
  • Greenwood Specialty Hospital
  • Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center
  • All enrolled in community college or university
    pursuing nursing careers
  • Mississippi Delta Community College
  • Delta State University
  • Coahoma Community College
  • Holmes Community College
  • Alcorn State University

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More Information
  • Office of Nursing Workforce
  • Lanelle Weems
  • 601-954-0758
  • lweems_at_monw.org
  • Delta Workforce Investment Area
  • Mitzi Woods
  • 662-335-6889
  • mwoods_at_sdpdd.com
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